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 Olswang

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

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 timesonline.co.uk.


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.


Anthony Fairclough Matrix Law

Following a law degree, Anthony worked as editor of the ‘Revised Laws of the Falkland Islands’ and ‘Falkland Islands Law Reports’ and as assistant to the Islands’ Law Revision Commissioner. He moved to London and LexisNexis Butterworths as a technical writer on ‘Halsbury’s Statutes of England and Wales’. He joined Matrix in 2005.

As Head of Legal Support Service at Matrix, Anthony is responsible for the development of Matrix’s online strategy, library, legal information and research services. He also manages Matrix’s internal legal current awareness updates.


Cathryn Hopkins Olswang

Cathryn is an Associate in Olswang’s Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Group.

Cathryn studied Music at university and spent time working in the music publishing and TV industries before going on to study law at BPP, London.

Cathryn has worked on commercial disputes in the broadcasting, publishing, film, e-commerce, technology and telecommunications sectors and has spent time on secondment at a commercial broadcaster.


Ryan Dolby-Stevens Olswang

Ryan Dolby-StevensRyan is an Associate in Olswang’s Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Group.
Ryan acts for clients on a broad range of contractual and tortious disputes in the media, technology and telecoms sectors, and he spent six months seconded to BBC Worldwide.
Prior to joining Olswang, Ryan studied Law at University College London and completed his legal training at BPP in London.


Lucy Hayes Olswang

Lucy HayesLucy is an Associate in Olswang’s Commercial Litigation group.

She acts for clients in a wide variety of sectors including media, technology and broadcasting on commercial dispute resolution and pre-litigation strategic advice. She has also spent time on secondment to the BBC. Prior to joining Olswang, she was a legal intern for the Prosecution at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Lucy studied English at the University of Nottingham before converting to Law.


Emma Cross Olswang

Emma CrossEmma is an Associate in Olswang’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 Olswang, 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.