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Catrin Evans QC

"A highly intelligent and adept barrister. She has incredible attention to detail and is very confident on her feet and easy to work with and is wonderful with clients."

Legal 500 2021
Called: 1994 | Silk: 2016

Catrin specialises in all aspects of media and information law. She has appeared in many of the leading cases in the fields of defamation, privacy, data protection, breach of confidence, and related human rights.

She acts for claimants and defendants; from private individuals to media and non-media corporates including national newspaper groups, broadcasters, global internet companies and public bodies including government. Her expertise segues into related commercial, employment and public law and also encompasses harassment, malicious falsehood, media reporting restrictions, contempt of court, media regulatory work and freedom of information.

Notable cases in which she has acted have included Lloyd v Google LLC, Duchess of Sussex v Splash News, Vidal-Hall v Google, Melania Trump v Associated Newspapers, the ‘Plebgate’ libel case, and Naomi Campbell v MGN.

Catrin has appeared in many of the leading, high profile cases in the fields of defamation, privacy, data protection, breach of confidence, reporting restrictions, and contempt.

Her regular instructions include substantial defamation claims against newspapers, broadcasters, citizens and campaigning groups, including on a wide range of public interest issues from claims as to the efficacy of a drug treatment to political scandal. Examples include Karpov v Browder (libel claim about ‘the Magnitsky List’ and corruption in Russia), Brown v Bower & Faber & Faber (libel action about the ‘outing’ of a Labour politician), Melania Trump v Associated Newspapers (libel claim as to former First Lady’s immigration status), the ‘Plebgate’ libel trial, Craig Wright v McCormack (libel action about claimant’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the founder of Bitcoin), and Hijazi v Yaxley-Lennon (libel claim by a Syrian refugee against Tommy Robinson).

She also regularly acts in privacy, data protection and breach of confidence claims against media publishers and others. Examples include: Duchess of Sussex v Splash News LLC, Appleby v BBC, and ENRC v Akezhan Kazhegeldin, Weller v Associated Newspapers Ltd.

Catrin frequently acts in claims arising from social media disputes involving individuals and organisations – often encompassing “trolling” and ‘culture war’ issues such as gender and race. Such claims generally include privacy, data protection, harassment and libel. Examples include: R (on the application of TT) v Registrar General for England and Wales [2019] EWHC 1823 (Fam) (trans father seeking reporting restriction anonymity in public law claim), CWD v Nevitt [2021] EMLR 1 (Facebook allegations of rape in #metoo context), and Bindel v Pink News (trans/feminist dispute).

Catrin also has a substantial practice in claims arising from online users’ data privacy rights in relation to non-traditional platforms, particularly those with an international jurisdiction angle. This has included the leading cases establishing the law in this area: Metropolitan International Schools v Google Inc. [2009] EMLR 27 (search engine not liable for defamatory results), Tamiz v Google Inc. [2013] 1 WLR 2151 (blogger host not liable for defamatory posts), Vidal-Hall v Google Inc. [2016] QB 1003 (definition of ‘damage’ and various data privacy issues related to the placing of cookies on browsers), NT1/NT2 v Google LLC [2018] 3 WLR 1165 (the first ‘right to be forgotten’ claims tried in the English courts), and Lloyd v Google LLC (appeal to the Supreme Court, 2021).

She also advises claimants and defendants on Freedom of Information Act claims. In addition, she advises broadcasters, newspapers, corporates and organisations on all such issues pre-publication.

Catrin acts in cases in the commercial and employment law setting where they raise issues of breach of confidence, data privacy, defamation or segue into media law.  Recent examples include: acting for the National Crime Agency in a claim about the use of employee data for the purpose of disciplinary proceedings – Cooper v National Crime Agency [2019] EWCA Civ 16, advising a bank on media access to Employment Tribunal documents, acting for the BBC in respect of reporting restrictions in an unequal pay tribunal claim – Samira Ahmed v BBC, and ENRC v Akezhan Kazhegeldin – acting for a former politician sued for breach of confidence in a corporate/political case.

Catrin was on the Attorney-General’s “A” Panel of Counsel before taking silk and still advises government on matters within the media and information law fields. She also advises individuals and organisations in respect of judicial review and other public law cases where an interface arises with media and information law, including in respect of open justice and reporting restrictions, access to documents, and state secrecy and surveillance.

Most of the media and information law claims in which Catrin advises encompass human rights issues affecting freedom of expression, privacy and data privacy in particular.

Catrin acted in some of the earliest ground-breaking freedom of expression and privacy cases which established the law under the then new Human Rights Act: e.g. Naomi Campbell v MGN Ltd [2004] 2 AC 457 (for the claimant: established new tort of misuse of private information), Cream Holdings v Banerjee [2005] 1 AC 253 (for defendant newspaper: test for relief in freedom of expression cases under HRA), Greene v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2005] QB 972 (for defendant newspaper: reconciliation of libel interim injunction principles with HRA).

Catrin is regularly asked to advise on group litigation in the data protection sphere. She acted for techUK, which was allowed to intervene in the Supreme Court in the most important case so far in this field – Lloyd v Google LLC.

Catrin was nominated for the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards Silk of the Year for Defamation/Privacy in 2017 (her first full year in silk) and won the award for Junior of the Year for Defamation/Privacy in 2008 and 2015, as well as being nominated on four other occasions.

Catrin is co-editor and an author of Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide (Matrix, 2017)

She is also co-author of Atkin’s Court Forms on Confidence, Privacy and Data Protection, 2006

Catrin regularly contributes to seminars and is always happy to consider requests to do so.

Catrin Evans QC is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to her clients, including advice and representation services, Catrin needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes her client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which she is instructed. To read Catrin’s privacy notice in full, please see here.

Catrin is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and accepts instructions under Standard Contractual Terms. To find out more information on this and the way we work at Matrix, including our fee transparency statement, please see our see our service standards

DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

"An extremely clear and strategic thinker. She has excellent judgement and does not miss a point.” “Intelligent, collaborative and thoughtful. We like her understated but confident manner.” “She gives superb and reasoned advice to clients and has a particular strength in cases with a data protection element."

Chambers & Partners 2021 (Defamation & Privacy)

"She is super bright, lovely to work with and a go-to for media and tech clients.” “She always knows what to say to advance her client’s interest.” “She is a phenomenal mix of attention to detail and approachability."

Chambers & Partners 2021 (Data Protection)

"A highly intelligent and adept barrister. She has incredible attention to detail and is very confident on her feet and easy to work with and is wonderful with clients."

Legal 500 2021 (Data Protection)

"An outstanding advocate who continues to impress. Superb, incredibly bright and simply does not miss a beat."

Legal 500 2021 (Defamation and Privacy)

"Brilliant lawyer and strategist. Doggedly determined. A charming advocacy style. Great team player and good fun to work with."

Legal 500 2021 (Media and Entertainment)

"She’s extremely knowledgeable, wonderful with the client, and someone who instils a great deal of confidence.” “Extremely easy to work with, and very on top of how the media operate."

Chambers and Partners 2019 (Data Protection)

"She knows her way round all the intricacies of media law.” “She is extremely thorough and thinks of everything. Considered and effective."

Chambers and Partners 2019 (Defamation and Privacy)

"Enjoys an excellent reputation as an intelligent advocate capable of handling the most nuanced arguments in information law."

Chambers and Partners 2018 (Data Protection)

"Her reputation as the top junior at the Defamation Bar was fully merited, and has now been recognised with her appointment as a QC this year. She is clever, hard-working and calm, and has extremely good tactical awareness and judgement."

Chambers and Partners 2017 (Defamation/Privacy)

"She is super brainy and a very pragmatic adviser. She has a great sense of what the client needs and completely understands the law and its complexities."

Chambers and Partners 2017 (Data Protection)

"Able to see the overall picture and give robust, commercial and legally incisive advice."

The Legal 500 2016 (Defamation and Privacy)

"Incredibly hardworking” with “great attention to detail."

The Legal 500 2016 (Data Protection)

"An extremely clear strategic thinker."

The Legal 500 2016 (Media and Entertainment)

"Superb analysis and an eye for detail which produce excellent performances in court."

The Legal 500 2015 (Defamation and Privacy)
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Called: 1994 | Silk: 2016

"A highly intelligent and adept barrister. She has incredible attention to detail and is very confident on her feet and easy to work with and is wonderful with clients."

Legal 500 2021

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Commercial Law
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Court Orders affecting the Media
  • Data Protection
  • Defamation and Privacy
  • Harassment 
  • Injunctions
  • Investigations
  • Media and Information Law
  • Public Law
  • Sports Law
  • Public Law: Information, Data and Privacy

Catrin Evans QC

Contact Catrin: catrinevans@matrixlaw.co.uk | +44 (0)20 7404 3447

Contact Catrin's Practice Team (Team M): TeamM@matrixlaw.co.uk


Catrin specialises in all aspects of media and information law. She has appeared in many of the leading cases in the fields of defamation, privacy, data protection, breach of confidence, and related human rights.

She acts for claimants and defendants; from private individuals to media and non-media corporates including national newspaper groups, broadcasters, global internet companies and public bodies including government. Her expertise segues into related commercial, employment and public law and also encompasses harassment, malicious falsehood, media reporting restrictions, contempt of court, media regulatory work and freedom of information.

Notable cases in which she has acted have included Lloyd v Google LLC, Duchess of Sussex v Splash News, Vidal-Hall v Google, Melania Trump v Associated Newspapers, the ‘Plebgate’ libel case, and Naomi Campbell v MGN.

Media and Information Law

Catrin has appeared in many of the leading, high profile cases in the fields of defamation, privacy, data protection, breach of confidence, reporting restrictions, and contempt. Her regular instructions include substantial defamation claims against newspapers, broadcasters, citizens and campaigning groups, including on a wide range of public interest issues from claims as to the efficacy of a drug treatment to political scandal. Examples include Karpov v Browder (libel claim about ‘the Magnitsky List’ and corruption in Russia), Brown v Bower & Faber & Faber (libel action about the ‘outing’ of a Labour politician), Melania Trump v Associated Newspapers (libel claim as to former First Lady’s immigration status), the ‘Plebgate’ libel trial, Craig Wright v McCormack (libel action about claimant’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the founder of Bitcoin), and Hijazi v Yaxley-Lennon (libel claim by a Syrian refugee against Tommy Robinson). She also regularly acts in privacy, data protection and breach of confidence claims against media publishers and others. Examples include: Duchess of Sussex v Splash News LLC, Appleby v BBC, and ENRC v Akezhan Kazhegeldin, Weller v Associated Newspapers Ltd. Catrin frequently acts in claims arising from social media disputes involving individuals and organisations – often encompassing “trolling” and ‘culture war’ issues such as gender and race. Such claims generally include privacy, data protection, harassment and libel. Examples include: R (on the application of TT) v Registrar General for England and Wales [2019] EWHC 1823 (Fam) (trans father seeking reporting restriction anonymity in public law claim), CWD v Nevitt [2021] EMLR 1 (Facebook allegations of rape in #metoo context), and Bindel v Pink News (trans/feminist dispute). Catrin also has a substantial practice in claims arising from online users’ data privacy rights in relation to non-traditional platforms, particularly those with an international jurisdiction angle. This has included the leading cases establishing the law in this area: Metropolitan International Schools v Google Inc. [2009] EMLR 27 (search engine not liable for defamatory results), Tamiz v Google Inc. [2013] 1 WLR 2151 (blogger host not liable for defamatory posts), Vidal-Hall v Google Inc. [2016] QB 1003 (definition of ‘damage’ and various data privacy issues related to the placing of cookies on browsers), NT1/NT2 v Google LLC [2018] 3 WLR 1165 (the first ‘right to be forgotten’ claims tried in the English courts), and Lloyd v Google LLC (appeal to the Supreme Court, 2021). She also advises claimants and defendants on Freedom of Information Act claims. In addition, she advises broadcasters, newspapers, corporates and organisations on all such issues pre-publication.

Commercial/employment

Catrin acts in cases in the commercial and employment law setting where they raise issues of breach of confidence, data privacy, defamation or segue into media law.  Recent examples include: acting for the National Crime Agency in a claim about the use of employee data for the purpose of disciplinary proceedings – Cooper v National Crime Agency [2019] EWCA Civ 16, advising a bank on media access to Employment Tribunal documents, acting for the BBC in respect of reporting restrictions in an unequal pay tribunal claim – Samira Ahmed v BBC, and ENRC v Akezhan Kazhegeldin – acting for a former politician sued for breach of confidence in a corporate/political case.

Public Law

Catrin was on the Attorney-General’s “A” Panel of Counsel before taking silk and still advises government on matters within the media and information law fields. She also advises individuals and organisations in respect of judicial review and other public law cases where an interface arises with media and information law, including in respect of open justice and reporting restrictions, access to documents, and state secrecy and surveillance.

Human Rights

Most of the media and information law claims in which Catrin advises encompass human rights issues affecting freedom of expression, privacy and data privacy in particular. Catrin acted in some of the earliest ground-breaking freedom of expression and privacy cases which established the law under the then new Human Rights Act: e.g. Naomi Campbell v MGN Ltd [2004] 2 AC 457 (for the claimant: established new tort of misuse of private information), Cream Holdings v Banerjee [2005] 1 AC 253 (for defendant newspaper: test for relief in freedom of expression cases under HRA), Greene v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2005] QB 972 (for defendant newspaper: reconciliation of libel interim injunction principles with HRA).

Group Litigation

Catrin is regularly asked to advise on group litigation in the data protection sphere. She acted for techUK, which was allowed to intervene in the Supreme Court in the most important case so far in this field – Lloyd v Google LLC.

Awards

Catrin was nominated for the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards Silk of the Year for Defamation/Privacy in 2017 (her first full year in silk) and won the award for Junior of the Year for Defamation/Privacy in 2008 and 2015, as well as being nominated on four other occasions.

Publications

Catrin is co-editor and an author of Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide (Matrix, 2017) She is also co-author of Atkin’s Court Forms on Confidence, Privacy and Data Protection, 2006 Catrin regularly contributes to seminars and is always happy to consider requests to do so.
Catrin's Privacy Notice

Catrin Evans QC is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to her clients, including advice and representation services, Catrin needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes her client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which she is instructed. To read Catrin’s privacy notice in full, please see here.


DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

"An extremely clear and strategic thinker. She has excellent judgement and does not miss a point.” “Intelligent, collaborative and thoughtful. We like her understated but confident manner.” “She gives superb and reasoned advice to clients and has a particular strength in cases with a data protection element."

Chambers & Partners 2021 (Defamation & Privacy)

"She is super bright, lovely to work with and a go-to for media and tech clients.” “She always knows what to say to advance her client’s interest.” “She is a phenomenal mix of attention to detail and approachability."

Chambers & Partners 2021 (Data Protection)

"A highly intelligent and adept barrister. She has incredible attention to detail and is very confident on her feet and easy to work with and is wonderful with clients."

Legal 500 2021 (Data Protection)

"An outstanding advocate who continues to impress. Superb, incredibly bright and simply does not miss a beat."

Legal 500 2021 (Defamation and Privacy)

"Brilliant lawyer and strategist. Doggedly determined. A charming advocacy style. Great team player and good fun to work with."

Legal 500 2021 (Media and Entertainment)

"She’s extremely knowledgeable, wonderful with the client, and someone who instils a great deal of confidence.” “Extremely easy to work with, and very on top of how the media operate."

Chambers and Partners 2019 (Data Protection)

"She knows her way round all the intricacies of media law.” “She is extremely thorough and thinks of everything. Considered and effective."

Chambers and Partners 2019 (Defamation and Privacy)

"Enjoys an excellent reputation as an intelligent advocate capable of handling the most nuanced arguments in information law."

Chambers and Partners 2018 (Data Protection)

"Her reputation as the top junior at the Defamation Bar was fully merited, and has now been recognised with her appointment as a QC this year. She is clever, hard-working and calm, and has extremely good tactical awareness and judgement."

Chambers and Partners 2017 (Defamation/Privacy)

"She is super brainy and a very pragmatic adviser. She has a great sense of what the client needs and completely understands the law and its complexities."

Chambers and Partners 2017 (Data Protection)

"Able to see the overall picture and give robust, commercial and legally incisive advice."

The Legal 500 2016 (Defamation and Privacy)

"Incredibly hardworking” with “great attention to detail."

The Legal 500 2016 (Data Protection)

"An extremely clear strategic thinker."

The Legal 500 2016 (Media and Entertainment)

"Superb analysis and an eye for detail which produce excellent performances in court."

The Legal 500 2015 (Defamation and Privacy)