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

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.

Laura Coogan Olswang

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

Laura studied Politics at university before going on to complete her legal studies at the College of Law, Guildford.

After completing her training contract at Olswang, she qualified into the Litigation Group in September 2009. Since qualifying, Laura has worked on a number of matters covering the media, finance and telecommunications industries.

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 Legal Information Manager 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.

Eloise Le Santo Matrix Law

26_11_2012_12_23_52_EloiseLeSantoEloise is a barrister at Matrix chambers, building a practice in media, international and public law.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Eloise worked as a Research Assistant at the Law Commission, and was involved in reforming the law on contempt of court.

Eloise has a particular interest in media law and has been heavily involved in the ongoing phone hacking litigation against News Group International while on secondment to Atkins Thomson. She is also a regular contributor to Inforrm and other legal blogs.

Sophie Lalor-Harbord Olswang

Sophie is an Associate in the Litigation & Arbitration Group at Olswang.

Sophie studied law at the University of Manchester before going on to BPP Law School in London.

Sophie has recently spent two months on secondment to Olswang’s Singapore Office and regularly blogs on Olswang’s Singapore International Arbitration Blog (

Jocelyn Hutton Matrix Law

Jocelyn Hutton, Matrix LawJocelyn is a Legal Information Officer at Matrix, responsible for immigration, asylum and free movement law; competition; environment and sports law current awareness within Matrix.

She joined Matrix in 2013 and previously worked at Middlesex University as a researcher in migration law.

Jocelyn studied Law at university and specialised in comparative human rights and minority rights before being called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn.

Luke Pardey Olswang

Luke is a Senior Associate in Olswang’s Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Group.

Luke studied law in Sydney, Australia, where he originally qualified before relocating to the United Kingdom and joining Olswang.

Luke has worked on commercial disputes in professional and financial services, media, sports and telecommunications. He also has a background in employment law and contributed to the leading text on employee competition.

Victoria Durham Matrix Law

Victoria joined Matrix in 2014. She provides support to the legal information and library service. She is responsible for the Crime and Due Process, International, European Union, and Prisons, Inquests & Police law current awareness within Matrix. Victoria previously worked as a solicitor specialising in commercial dispute resolution at Maclay Murray & Spens LLP. Before attending law school, she worked as a journalist in the music industry and news.

Aimee Denholm Matrix Law

Aimee DenholmAimee is a Legal Information Officer at Matrix, providing paralegal support to the legal and library information service and is responsible for immigration, asylum and free movement law; competition; environment and sports law current awareness within Matrix. Aimee recently graduated from Brunel University after completing her Law with Professional Placement degree.