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Ben Silverstone

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Matrix Chambers (Matrix Chambers)


Ben specialises in media and information law, public law and civil actions against public bodies. Recent notable cases include: acting as junior counsel in the Construction Industry Vettintg Information Group Litigation and in the Mobile Telephone Voicemail Interception Litigation and as sole counsel for the media in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse; PJS v News Group Newspapers [2016] 2 WLR 1253 (appeal of an application to discharge an interim injunction on basis that relevant information had entered the public domain); R (BD) v Director of Legal Aid Casework [2016] EWCA Civ 733 (costs appeal in judicial review proceedings); In re Guardian News and Media [2016] 1 WLR 1767 (appeal of an order refusing permission to publish reports of a criminal trial on national security grounds); R (Miranda) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Liberty and others intervening) [2016] 1 WLR 1505 (stop and search procedure held incompatible with Article 10 in relation to journalistic material); Yeo v Times Newspapers Limited [2015] EWHC 3375 (QB) (successful defence at trial to a libel claim); Vidal-Hall v Google Inc [2015] 3 WLR 409 (whether a claim for compensation under section 13 of the Data Protection Act 1998 can be brought without proof of pecuniary loss); Reed Elsevier UK Ltd (t/a LexisNexis) v Bewry [2015] 1 WLR 2565 (disapplication of the limitation period in libel proceedings); ENRC v Judge [2014] EWHC 3556 (QB) (duty of delivery-up of a non-executive company director); Smith and others v Ministry of Defence [2014] AC 52 (duty of care in respect of injury and death suffered in combat); R (Refugee Action) v SSHD [2014] EWHC 1033 (Admin) (decision to freeze the level of cash support for asylum seekers held unlawful); R (KM) v Cambridgeshire County Council [2012] 3 All E.R. 1218, SC (lawfulness of a resource allocation system within the child social care framework), R (W) v Birmingham City Council [2011] Eq. L.R. 721 (compatibility of adult social care policy with disability equality duty and duty to consult). Regularly provides pre-publication advice to a range of media and other organisations including the BBC, The Observer, The Independent, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam.


Called 2009; Lincoln’s Inn; former Visiting Fellow in Constitutional and Administrative Law at City University, London. Publications of note: co-author of the latest update of the chapter on Article 10 (freedom of expression) in Simor, Human Rights Practice (Sweet and Maxwell, October 2013); sole author of the chapters on the right to liberty and the right to a fair hearing, Halsbury’s Laws of England, 5th edition: Rights and Freedoms (June 2013); sole author of the chapter on legal fundamentals in Children in Need: Local Authority Support for Children and Families (Legal Action Group, December 2013); sole author of the chapter on welfare benefits, ‘Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook’ (Legal Action Group, October 2010).


French, Spanish (conversational level).


Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association; Human Rights Lawyers’ Association.


Trinity College, University of Cambridge (2001 BA Hons); City University, London (2007 GDL); London School of Economics (2008 LLM); BPP London.

London Bar

Defamation and privacy

Within: Defamation and privacy – Leading juniors

Ben Silverstone - Matrix ChambersHe is very responsive and drafts well.

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Within: Media and entertainment – Leading juniors

Ben Silverstone - Matrix ChambersHe is very responsive and drafts well, particularly for breach of confidence and privacy matters.

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