Liverpool law firm Astraea Linskills secures apology from Google to MP at the High Court


Liverpool law firm Astraea Linskills secures apology from Google to MP at the High Court

10 Mar 2022

Astraea Linskills Director James Roochove has secured a High Court apology from Google on behalf of their client Lee Anderson, MP for Ashfield. Google Ireland Limited (“Google”) today issued a formal apology in the High Court to Lee Anderson the MP for Ashfield, his family and his constituents for an advert displayed on its Adsense […]


James runs a busy practice focusing on defamation and reputation management issues, with a particular focus on those involved in politics. He is a recognised leading lawyer in the highly specialised field of election law.

He represents clients facing allegations of breaching electoral law and those involved in challenges to election results.

His work has included:

  • Successfully defending Craig Mackinlay MP against charges of election fraud following his 2015 victory against Nigel Farage in South Thanet. This included hearings before the Supreme Court to determine various aspects of election expenses law.
  • Obtaining public concessions from Google on behalf of Lee Anderson MP following defamatory advertising placed on Google’s advertising platforms.
  • Representing Monmouthshire Conservatives in legal action relating to attempts to consider the deselection of a sitting Member of the Senedd, including successfully resisting attempts to injunct the process.
  • Representing numerous Conservative MPs and agents following the revelations by Channel 4 and the Mirror alleging widespread election overspending linked to the “Battlebus” campaign.
  • Successfully overturning, via Judicial Review proceedings, an Order under s.176 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 on behalf of an independent councillor.

Education, Memberships and Associations

James attended the University of Sussex and George Washington University in Washington D.C.

Practice Areas

Defamation, Privacy, Election Law