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Leading Silks

Andrew Caldecott QC - 5RBHe is a class act with a great depth of knowledge.
Catrin Evans QC - Matrix ChambersA highly intelligent and adept barrister. She has incredible attention to detail and is very confident on her feet and easy to work with and is wonderful with clients.
Gerry Facenna QC - Monckton ChambersHis advocacy is clear and persuasive. Works very well with juniors. You know you're in good hands.
Timothy Pitt-Payne QC - 11KBWHe is a real "brain" when it comes to data protection. He is intelligent, experienced, knowledgeable and highly sought after.
Anya Proops QC - 11KBWShe is pre-eminent in the field of data protection law, is tenacious in approach and gives hands-on and practical advice.
Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix ChambersHe is the leading expert in this field. He has a phenomenal breadth of knowledge and experience. He is highly intellectual but approaches issues in a practical way, cutting to the heart of problems. He is at the forefront in developing the application of data protection law, and is innovative in his approach.
Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersThere are a number of barristers specialising in traditional media torts, and there are now a number of data protection specialists, too. However, there are not many who are genuinely expert in both fields. Antony White QC is one.
Jason Coppel QC - 11KBWHe is highly organised and someone you don’t want on the other side.
Philip Coppel QC - Cornerstone BarristersHis knowledge of the area is unrivalled. He is strong on litigation strategy and undaunted by difficult cases.
James Eadie QC - Blackstone ChambersSimply phenomenal.
Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone ChambersShe combines brilliant intellect, with a peerless demeanour in court. She commands the respect of judges but also is utterly charming and responsive to clients.
Eleanor Grey QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe always takes a well-balanced approach and is very knowledgeable.
Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is very creative – he thinks ‘outside the box’ as much as he thinks inside it.
Justin Rushbrooke QC - 5RBHe is very client friendly, hard working, a human computer, excellent on his feet.
Andrew Sharland QC - 11KBWA hardworking barrister with strong technical knowledge of data protection.

2019 Silks

Rory Dunlop QC - 39 Essex ChambersA careful, balanced advocate with real integrity.
Victoria Wakefield QC - Brick Court Chambers 'She is brilliant. Incredibly quick, very intelligent, and a joy to work with.'

2020 Silks

Julian Milford QC - 11KBWHe is meticulous and approachable.
Adam Speker QC - 5RBExcellent in court. Provides solid, commercial advice. Very good with clients, too.

2021 Silks

Jonathan Barnes QC - 5RBIn the field of data protection, he has no equal, certainly not at the junior Bar. It is a wonder he is not a silk.
Lorna Skinner QC - Matrix ChambersFantastically thorough with a great eye for detail, and a comprehensive knowledge of breach of privacy law. You really feel like you're in safe hands with her.

Leading Juniors

Aidan Eardley - 5RBHe is considered, clear and commercial in his analysis and advice, and is very professional and calm in his demeanour.
David Glen - 11KBWAn exceptional barrister, who possesses the perfect balance of an outstanding intellect and a solid grasp of the commercial realities of his cases.
Robin Hopkins - 11KBWHe is a true expert in the field and incredibly knowledgeable.
Christopher Knight - 11KBWVery smart, extremely knowledgeable and experienced in data protection.
Julianne Kerr Morrison - Monckton ChambersShe is super bright and knowledgeable, and considers things from every angle.
Rupert Paines - 11KBWIntelligent, very thorough and also thoughtful, he gets to grips with very complicated events remarkably quickly.
Jonathan Scherbel-Ball - 5RBHe has quickly adapted to the inclusion of data protection claims being brought alongside traditional media torts, while having the grounding of defending complex, heavyweight defamation and privacy claims.
Julian Blake - 11KBWOne of very few barristers who has a deep understanding of both criminal and civil litigation, experience which he deftly brings to bear in the field of data protection litigation.
Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersHardworking, very knowledgeable about data protection law, and a creative thinker.
Heather Emmerson - 11KBWShe is a talented, hardworking and charming opponent who is both intellectual and pragmatic.
Laura Elizabeth John - Monckton ChambersA competent and professional advocate.
Sara Mansoori - Matrix ChambersShe is a class act in her area. Methodical, calm and thorough.
Hannah Ready - 11KBWFiercely intellectual, meticulous in her preparation and attention to detail and provides shrewd advice far beyond her year of call. She is wonderfully understated when packing a punch and fantastic with client.
Tom Cross - 11KBWHe clearly has a good understanding of regulatory proceedings in the data protection arena.
Jacob Dean - 5RBHe is extremely bright, diligent and responsive. He applies a fiercely academic brain with a commercial perspective. I always know I am in good hands with him.
Estelle Dehon - Cornerstone BarristersDogged, hardworking and very good at seeing the bigger picture.
Ian Helme - Matrix ChambersHe is calm and thorough. Very good on his feet and unflappable in court.
Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersA very effective junior who is able to hold his own against senior QCs.
Felicity McMahon - 5RBShe provides detailed and practical advice, is user-friendly and very intelligent. She always makes time to address issues quickly.
Ravi Mehta - Blackstone ChambersBrilliant legal brain; very strong field expertise in data protections; very slick in front of clients and the wider legal team.
Richard Munden - 5RBHe is incredibly personal, relentlessly commercial and always user-friendly. He gets straight to the issues in a case and works very collaboratively.
Ben Silverstone - Matrix ChambersFantastically bright. Outstanding both on paper and on his feet.

Rising Stars

Clara Hamer - 5RBShe is bright and tenacious and also very personable and clients love her, especially the media defendants.
Daniel Isenberg - 11KBWQuick, smart, helpful and hardworking, he is beginning to build a profile in the area of freedom of information appeals, including national security matters. One to watch.
Peter Lockley - 11KBWHe performs incredibly well under pressure and gets to grips with complex issues in a short time frame.
Claire Overman - Doughty Street ChambersShe is very confident and authoritive with the client. She has great knowledge, presence and personality.
Zac Sammour - 11KBWAbsolutely outstanding.

Data protection in London Bar

11KBW

As 'a leading set in the field with class-leading experience and strength in depth', 11KBW is 'a first choice for information law matters' and is 'pre-eminent in the data protection world'. Chambers' presence in complex and high-profile data work continues, fielding top-choice barristers for the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and other public authorities alongside notable expertise handling private-sector work. The 'bright, responsive and hardworkingAnya Proops QC and Rupert Paines are defending Morrisons in the Supreme Court in a Data Protection Act 1998 claim arising from a data incident in which a rogue employee uploaded the payroll information of employees to the internet. Timothy Pitt-Payne QC remains a key silk in the arena, while Christopher KnightDavid Glen and Robin Hopkins are dominant juniors. Glen and Hannah Ready joined following the closure of One Brick Court in 2019.

5RB

Leveraging its 'unparalleled knowledge of defamation and reputation management issues', 5RB is 'a go-to set for data privacy matters and a pre-eminent media set'. With particular strength at the junior level, recent highlights include Jonathan Barnes, who 'has no equal in the junior Bar', acting for various Morrisons employees in the Supreme Court against Morrisons relating to the unauthorised publication of their payroll information on the internet; Jonathan Scherbel-Ball acting for the defendant in Cooper v National Crime Agency relating to the processing of personal data following the claimant's dismissal; and Clara Hamer defending Bloomberg in ZXC v Bloomberg, a case analysing the media's right to disclose information about suspects in criminal investigations. Key silks include Andrew Caldecott QC and Justin Rushbrooke QC, and the 'completely unflappableAidan Eardley is regularly instructed by media organisations.

Matrix Chambers

As 'a great chambers to work with' and 'a highly user-friendly media set', Matrix Chambers is a key name in the market for claims spanning data protection and media law, acting for media organisations, public authorities, companies and private individuals. According to clients, 'there is no one better in this field' than Antony White QC, who is acting for Google with Edward Craven in Lloyd v Google LLC, the first representative action for data protection damages relating to the setting of cookies on iPhone devices; 'leading expertHugh Tomlinson QC is acting for the claimants. White and Tomlinson also continue to represent the defendant and claimant respectively in NT1 & NT2 v Google LLC, the first right to be forgotten claim to be tried in the UK. The 'fantastically smartCatrin Evans QC also represented the National Crime Agency in Cooper v National Crime Agency.

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers utilises the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) expertise of Eleanor Grey QC and Rory Dunlop QC to act for a high volume of public sector clients. In a recent highlight, Dunlop acted for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Maurizi v ICO and CPS in the Upper Tribunal relating to the CPS' refusal to disclose its emails with the Swedish Prosecution Authority regarding Julian Assange; he also represented the Department for Transport in an appeal considering how public authorities should consider documents with a mixture of environmental and non-environmental information.

1 Garden Court

Blackstone Chambers has continued its increasing focus on data protection and freedom of information law mandates with James Eadie QCThomas de la Mare QCKate Gallafent QC and Ravi Mehta as notable figures contributing to the set's data work. Mehta's recent work includes acting for the claimants in Big Brother Watch and ors. v United Kingdom in the European Court of Human Rights challenging the UK's legislation governing the surveillance of communications.

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers is 'a wonderful, adept and flexible set', which is 'a leading name for data protection and information rights'. 'Housing some of the best legal minds for data issues', key practitioners include Gerry Facenna QCJulianne Kerr Morrison and the 'very thorough and ableLaura Elizabeth John. Facenna and Morrison are key names for the ICO and are currently acting for the regulator in the first two GDPR penalty decisions against British Airways and Marriott Hotels. John is representing the ICO as defendant against the Department of Transport in an appeal relating to whether information can be severed and dealt with partly under FOIA and partly under the Environmental Information Regulations.