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39 Essex Chambers

Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC

Work 020 7832 1111
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Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Singapore

Richard Spearman QC

Work 020 7832 1111
39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC)


Specialisation: general commercial and common law practice, including commercial fraud, media and entertainment (contracts, copyright, breach of confidence/privacy, data protection, arbitration), defamation, music industry (contracts, copyright, Copyright Tribunal), sports law (including disciplinary proceedings, arbitration), insurance and reinsurance, sale of goods, restraint of trade, professional negligence. Reported cases concerning restraint of trade, freezing injunctions, letters of credit, civil fraud, tracing, judicial review, discovery, insurance, defamation, copyright and confidence/privacy, including: Warren v Mendy (boxing); Istel v Tully (privilege against self-incrimination); R v Jockey Club ex p Aga Khan (Jockey Club/judicial review); Alltrans v Interdom; Mannesman v Kaunlaran; HIB v Guardian Insurance; Formica v ECGD; C v S; Kazakhstan Wool Producers v NCM; Papamichael v National Westminster Bank (commercial); AIRC v PPL (Copyright Tribunal/licensing scheme); Brinks v Abu Saleh; Independent Trustee Services v GP Noble (tracing); Athletic Union of Constantinople v NBA (basketball/arbitration/award/jurisdiction); EMI v CD Specialists; Chater v Rose; Hyde Park Residence v Yelland; Ashdown v Telegraph; Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust v News Group; Sony v Easyinternet Cafe; Sawkins v Hyperion; Independiente v Music Trading Online; Twentieth Century Fox v BT; Twentieth Century Fox v Harris (copyright); Grobbelaar v News Group; Loutchansky v Times; Chase v News Group; Collins Stewart v Financial Times; Greene v Associated; Armstrong v Times; Polanski v Conde Nast; ZAM v CFW (defamation); Mills v News Group; Theakston v MGN; A v B; Jockey Club v Buffham; Campbell v MGN; AG v Parry; Cream Holdings v Banerjee; Green Corns v Claverley; X and Y v Persons Unknown; Murray v Express Newspapers; WER v REW; Re X (A Child); Terry v Persons Unknown; Lykiardopulo v Lykiardopulo; Ambrosiadou v Coward; Goodwin v News Group; JIH v News Group; Giggs v News Group; McLaren v NGN (confidence/privacy).


Called 1977, Middle Temple; QC 1996; Assistant Recorder 1998; Recorder of the Crown Court 2000 and county court 2004; Bencher 2006; Head of Chambers, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square 2012; deputy High Court Judge (Chancery Division) 2013; co-author of ‘Sale of Goods Litigation’ (with F A Philpott) (first edition 1983; second edition 1994); contributor to ‘Information Rights’ (edited Coppel) (Sweet & Maxwell 2004, second edition 2007, third edition 2010).


Bar Sport Law Group; Chancery Bar Association; COMBAR.


Bedales; King’s College, Cambridge (1974 MA).


Racquet sports, skiing, family; member: Brooks’s; Hurlingham; MCC.

London Bar

Defamation and privacy

Within: Defamation and privacy – Leading silks

Richard Spearman QC - 39 Essex ChambersHugely experienced in defamation cases.

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Within: Media and entertainment – Leading silks

Richard Spearman QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe very good in injunction-related pre-publication privacy work.

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