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  1. Defamation and privacy – Leading sets
  2. Defamation and privacy – Leading silks
  3. Defamation and privacy – 2017 silks
  4. Defamation and privacy – 2019 silks
  5. Defamation and privacy – Leading juniors

Defamation and privacy – Leading sets

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Defamation and privacy – 2017 silks

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    • William Bennett QC - 5RB β€˜Experienced advocate. He is confident and wily.’
    • Adam Wolanski QC - 5RB β€˜A pleasure to work with and the quality of their advice and service is second to none.’

Defamation and privacy – Leading juniors

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    • Jacob Dean - 5RB β€˜Highly talented in defamation and privacy law.’
    • Sara Mansoori - Matrix Chambers β€˜Very competent, exceptionally thorough. A real expert on privacy and data law.’
    • David Sherborne - 5RB β€˜Very knowledgeable, highly personable and extremely efficient.’
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    • Greg Callus - 5RB β€˜Impossible to understand how a relatively junior barrister possesses so much knowledge.’
    • Clara Hamer - One Brick Court β€˜Exceptionally talented barrister very bright; has excellent judgement and is a great team player.’
    • David Hirst - 5RB β€˜Particularly knowledgeable in relation to defamation cases that involve online publication.’
    • Felicity McMahon - 5RB β€˜Impressive legal knowledge and first-class attention to detail.’
    • David Mitchell - Ely Place Chambers β€˜His work is always of a high standard. He is always well prepared and extremely approachable.’
    • Claire Overman - One Brick Court β€˜Thorough in her advice. Good grasp of the law and had detailed knowledge of key cases.’
    • Julian Santos - 5RB β€˜Would strongly recommend based on his excellent results and his user-friendly style.’
    • Ben Silverstone - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is very responsive and drafts well.’
    • Victoria Simon-Shore - 5RB β€˜Easy to work with and has great communication skills.’
    • Kirsten Sjovoll - Matrix Chambers β€˜Very bright, very talented; shows real promise.’
    • Chloe Strong - 5RB β€˜Has a very good grasp of data protection law, provided very strong legal and strategic analysis throughout.’
    • Gervase de Wilde - 5RB β€˜Very intelligent, possesses a great mind and has a memory for the tiniest of details; a master of the art of cross-examination.’

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The β€˜outstanding’ 5RB is the β€˜go-to set for media-related matters’. Desmond Browne QC, Adrienne Page QC and David Sherborne are among a β€˜huge array’ of barristers who are β€˜highly knowledgeable and without exception offer a very high standard of advice’. Members of chambers have been involved in several notable cases over the past year, including Nick Brown v (1) Tom Bower & (2) Faber & Faber Limited, Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd, and Sir Cliff Richard v BBC & Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, where Justin Rushbrooke QC and Godwin Busuttil successfully acted for the claimant.

One Brick Court boasts β€˜a host of highly expert and excellent counsel’ with expertise in the full spectrum of media and information law and β€˜solid expertise in the defamation and privacy field’. Members of chambers have been involved in several prominent defamation and privacy claims over the last 12 months. These include Andrew Caldecott QC, Manuel Barca QC and Hannah Ready appearing before the Court of Appeal in Lachaux v AOL, which concerned the publication of five articles accusing the claimant of domestic abuse and child abduction, as well as Heather Rogers QC and David Glen appearing in Prince Moulay Hicham v Elaph Publishing, in which the court held that data protection rights can add to an individual's privacy rights.

The β€˜superb’ barristers at Matrix Chambers have been involved in four Supreme Court cases in the last 12 months. Defendant clients include broadcasters, unions and news publications, while claimant clients include major corporations and celebrities. The set’s members are commended for β€˜offering a high level of expertise delivered in a practical and pragmatic manner’. Hugh Tomlinson QC and Sara Mansoori acted for the claimant in the libel proceedings Lisle-Mainwaring v Associated Newspapers Ltd. Gavin Millar QC was up against Antony White QC in the Kelly v Facebook Ireland Ltd defamation claim.

Ely Place Chambers has increased experience in pre-publication, advisory and costs-related work. William McCormick QC was involved in the Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited test case on the recoverability of additional liability in publication cases. In Smith v Skanska & Others, John Samson represented 150 construction workers who were secretly vetted and β€˜blacklisted’ by the industry over a 40-year period; claims were brought for breach of the Data Protection Act, defamation and misuse of private information. Meanwhile, David Mitchell deals with a substantial amount of defamation work for government departments and public bodies.

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