This blog was conceived and created in spring 2009 by the authors below, who are solicitors and barristers specialising in litigation and with an interest of the work of the UK Supreme Court. If you have any queries or comments regarding the blog or its contents then please do not hesitate to contact any of the authors.

Hugh Tomlinson QC, Matrix

Hugh has a wide-ranging practice in both private and public law. He is a noted specialist in media and information law including defamation, confidence, privacy and data protection. His practice also includes advisory work and litigation in the freedom of information field.

He is the joint author of the leading practitioner texts on the law of human rights and on civil actions against the police. Hugh is highly rated by the directories in libel and civil liberties. He is a regular participant in Council of Europe human rights judicial training seminars.

In addition to his media and human rights work, Hugh is regularly instructed in substantial commercial, professional negligence and construction disputes. He acts as an ICC arbitrator and is an accredited mediator.

Dan Tench, CMS

Dan is a Partner in the Litigation & Arbitration Group and is Head of Judicial Review & Public Law at CMS.

Dan specialises in administrative law (including judicial review), human rights law, commercial litigation, media law (including defamation, contempt, copyright and data protection) and sports law.

Dan is an experienced administrative law practitioner. He has acted on a wide range of administrative law matters including advising Wimbledon Football Club on its successful review of the refusal of the Football League to grant permission to relocate to Milton Keynes and acting for the betting exchange, Sporting Options, on its successful judicial review of the Levy Board.

In media law, Dan acts for a number of national newspapers, for businesses and individuals in defamation, breach of confidence and other reputation management matters as well as in film and broadcasting disputes. He has particular experience in advising on Internet disputes.

Dan regularly writes for and appears in the national media including The Guardian, The Times, Radio 4 and Channel 4 News. He is on the panel of experts for

Matthew Ryder QC, Matrix Law

Matthew specialises in serious and complex crime. His practice also focuses on related civil litigation including regulatory matters; claims against the police; public law claims and claims under the Human Rights Act.

A widely experienced trial and appellate advocate, Matthew has appeared as leading counsel in a number of major cases. He has particular expertise in prosecutions under the Terrorism Act 2000; serious fraud; and complex civil challenges in the High Court.

He was educated at Cambridge University (LLB) and Columbia University, New York (LLM) and is also qualified at the New York Bar.

He has written and lectured extensively on police powers, telephone intercepts, investigatory powers and abuse of process. He is also expert in the use of digital technology in the preparation and presentation of complex trials.

Sophie Gibson, Matrix Lawgibson_s-023

Sophie is a Legal Support Assistant at Matrix Chambers and an aspiring Chancery barrister.

Prior to joining Matrix, Sophie completed her BA Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees at University College, University of Oxford. She volunteered as a Student Ambassador throughout her time at Oxford, working with young people from under-represented backgrounds to encourage, motivate and inspire them to continue and complete their studies successfully.

She has previously worked for the University as a Law Undergraduate Admissions Tutor and as a Property Law and Trusts Research Assistant to Professor Ben McFarlane. She has also volunteered at Citizens Advice and worked for a month in Cyprus, assisting a Senior Partner in a commercial law firm with his academic legal projects.

Emma Cross, CMS

Emma CrossEmma is an Associate in CMS’s Commercial Litigation group, specialising in media, commercial and regulatory dispute resolution. Emma has experience of acting for clients across a range of sectors, with a particular focus on media and technology matters. Emma has also undertaken a commercial secondment to the Global Technology & Sourcing department of a FTSE 100 company.

Prior to joining CMS, Emma read History at Warwick University and completed her legal training at The College of Law and BPP respectively. Emma has also gained an MA in Law with Business.

Rose Falconer, CMS


Rose is an Associate in CMS’s Commercial Litigation and Arbitration group, specialising in commercial and media dispute resolution. Rose has experience advising clients across a range of sectors, including technology, telecoms, media and finance. Rose has also spent time on secondment at a global charitable foundation.

Prior to joining CMS, Rose read Economics at Bristol University and then went on to complete the GDL and LPC, and gain an MA with Business.

Emma Boffey, CMS


Emma is an associate in CMS’ Litigation & Arbitration group, specialising in commercial dispute resolution. She is a qualified solicitor in both Scotland and England & Wales. Her work primarily focuses on contract and corporate disputes, together with economic crime and reputation management work. She has wide experience acting for businesses and individuals over a number of sectors across Scotland, the UK and internationally, including the technology, financial services, private equity, energy, transport & logistics, infrastructure, consumer goods, fashion, food & drink and public sectors.

Prior to joining CMS, Emma completed her legal studies at the University of Strathclyde and served as Legal Assistant to the Scottish Law Commission. Emma is a former president of the Scottish Young Lawyers’ Association and in 2016, was admitted to the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland.

Adam Kosmalski, CMS


Adam is an Associate in CMS’s Commercial Litigation and Arbitration group. Adam has experience advising clients across a range of sectors, including technology, media and finance. Prior to joining CMS, Adam completed his training contract at an American firm.

Adam read Law at the University of Edinburgh and then went on to complete the GDL and LPC.

James Warshaw, CMS

James is an Associate in the CMS Litigation & Arbitration group. He has been involved in a wide range of cases from shareholder disputes through to company investigations.  james-warshaw

James trained at CMS where he also spent 6 months in the Banking Litigation department of a large retail and commercial Bank. Prior to this he read Law at Durham University and completed his LPC with an MSc in Law, Business & Management at The University of Law.