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  1. Defamation and privacy – Leading sets
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Defamation and privacy – Leading sets

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Defamation and privacy – Leading juniors

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    • David Sherborne - 5RBSimply the best privacy junior around; he knows the law inside out.
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Since the new Defamation Act came into effect, issues concerning the definition of “serious harm” as described in section 1(1) began to be resolved with a ruling in the Lachaux case, in which the High Court provided clarity on the construction and effect of the requirement. Libel trials have well and truly fallen away at this point, although libel cases themselves remain an active – if declining – area for the Bar. Furthermore, there is a noticeable trend towards settling disputes, seen as a positive development by many. Privacy cases and reputation management matters are increasing, and are subsequently areas that defamation barristers are keen to move into. Aside from Lachaux, headline cases in 2015 included the tail end of the phone hacking litigation.

5RB has ‘immense strength in relation to defamation, privacy and information law matters’. Members have recently undertaken cases involving the Freedom of Information Act and reputation management, and Adrienne Page QC and Godwin Busuttil were involved in the landmark Lachaux case.

One Brick Court contains ‘a very strong team’ of ‘always helpful’ individuals. Andrew Caldecott QC and Hannah Ready were involved in the high-profile case concerning allegations of blacklisting in the construction industry.

Focused on achieving ‘the very best outcome for clients’, members of Matrix Chambers demonstrate ‘commitment to excellence and keen knowledge of the law’. Counsel at the set have recently handled multiple Supreme Court cases and high-profile injunctions.

Ely Place Chambers is ‘a friendly, supportive and commercially minded set’, with allied strengths in, media, entertainment and data protection matters.

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