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Leading Silks

Andrew Caldecott QC - 5RBHe contributes formidable intellectual capability and persuasive advocacy.
Adrienne Page QC - 5RBShe has a good sense of judgement and is meticulous.
Heather Rogers QC - Doughty Street ChambersFerociously intelligent but down to earth and practical. She has the best forensic brain of any barrister I've dealt with.
Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersAntony is a very strong advocate, very clear in his advice and very personable.
Catrin Evans QC - Matrix ChambersShe has superb judgement and is good at reading judges. One of the top silks at the media Bar.
Adam Wolanski QC - 5RBHe has a fantastic breadth of media law expertise and well as experience. His knowledge of the media law is second-to-none and his easy and listening manner is a winner for clients.
Jonathan Barnes QC - 5RBGets to the heart of a matter very quickly and what is necessary to present the best case. Excellent before a judge.
William Bennett QC - 5RBWilliam's courtroom, and particularly, his trial experience is unrivaled at the media Bar. He can very quickly separate the good points from the superfluous, and can invariably predict the judicial response to an issue.
Edward Garnier QC - 4 Pump CourtAble to see the wood for the trees. Very good on any case with a political or public life dimension. He has expertise in a wide range of legal specialisms - not a one dimensional defamation/privacy lawyer.
Anthony Hudson QC - Matrix ChambersHe provides very robust and commercial advice.
Anya Proops QC - 11KBWAnya is at the top of her game and the go-to silk for data protection matters. She is also fast-becoming a silk of choice for other media-related cases too, particularly privacy and freedom of speech disputes. She is incredibly bright, commercially astute and a great advocate.
Guy Vassall-Adams QC - Matrix ChambersA brilliant strategist, a top expert in defamation law and practice, superb advocacy and excellent clear oral and written advice.

2020 Silks

Adam Speker QC - 5RBAdam is always responsive and friendly, and provides excellent advice. He is a go-to junior silk in all areas of media law.

2021 Silks

Lorna Skinner QC - Matrix ChambersLorna is a wonderful combination of the highly professional, polished advocate and a warm and engaging individual that clients can relate to.

2022 Silks

Jude Bunting QC - Doughty Street ChambersJude is a fantastic barrister. Able to turn to work extremely quickly and deal with our issues as urgently as is necessary. He is a star advocate too and one of the key team of people we regularly turn to.
Aidan Eardley QC - 5RBAidan is extremely clever, conscientious and responsive. He always exudes a calm approach and is a highly effective advocate who judges clearly trust.
Sara Mansoori QC - Matrix ChambersShe contributes first class analytics and has the ability to simplify the most complex issues and never losing sight of key issues.

Leading Juniors

Jacob Dean - 5RBJacob is fantastic to work with. He is extremely bright, very responsive and considers problems from every angle. He is diligent and has a forensic eye for detail. He is my go-to Senior Junior.
David Glen - 11KBWA fantastic barrister. Unfailingly across all aspects of a case. Outstanding attention to detail and focus on the bigger picture. He can be relied on 100%.
Clara Hamer - 5RBShe is extremely bright, able to offer practical advice and hugely hard working. She is already one of the best juniors at the media Bar.
Jane Phillips - 5RBShe has as excellent in-depth knowledge and experience which is used with a pragmatic attitude. A pleasure to work with.
Kate Wilson - 5RBKate is invariably a decisive, steady and calming influence through the challenges of high profile media proceedings. Whilst extremely knowledgeable, she is also highly respectful of all members of the team and you know she will have your back at all times. Absolute class act and fun to work with.
Richard Munden - 5RBAbsolutely top junior - both on legal issues and strategy.
Claire Overman - Doughty Street ChambersAn exceptional legal mind with the ability to provide clear and decisive advice. An expert in her field with the ability to chart a way through difficult issues and dilemmas.
Hannah Ready - 11KBWHannah skilfully balances sound legal analysis with commercial awareness.
Jonathan Scherbel-Ball - 5RBVery tenacious, willing to work extremely hard. Very knowledgeable. Receives instructions from top media clients.
Timothy Atkinson - Hatton ChambersTimothy has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the state of the law in the various area which can arise in defamation litigation. He explains the various principles with great clarity and is a very sensible tactician.
Mark Henderson - Doughty Street ChambersMark is an excellent barrister, both technically and as an advocate.
Victoria Jolliffe - 5RBVictoria provides careful advice on the fine detail of a case, but she is also great at strategy and assessing the big picture.
Sarah Palin - Doughty Street ChambersSarah is tremendously experienced in defamation/privacy and one of the best juniors around in my opinion. She has very sound judgement, a deep knowledge and understanding of this area of the law, and a great attention to detail, making her extremely dependable.
Jonathan Price - Doughty Street ChambersUser-friendly, helpful and pro-active. Hugely intelligent and well-liked by judges.
Julian Santos - 5RBVery hard working, knowledgeable and user friendly.
Ben Silverstone - Matrix ChambersExtremely bright, he knows media law inside-out and is incredibly thorough. He knows the points to fight and those to drop. Unflappable.
Chloe Strong - 5RBChloe has a preeminent understanding of the pitfalls in relation to both defamation and privacy. She has accumulated much experience in her time in practice; she is a master of detail and quite remarkably assiduous. She gives her cases all she's got.
Romana Canneti – 4 King’s Bench Walk
Anton van DellenFraser ChambersA very powerful advocate – he is not afraid to stand up for his clients.
Felicity McMahon - 5RBIncredible attention to detail. Always willing to go the extra yard. Excellent communicator and superb knowledge of the law.
David Mitchell - 39 Essex ChambersA very approachable barrister with clients and a strong background in high value claims.
Victoria Simon-Shore - 5RBA very smooth advocate in court; works extremely well with judges and delivers the best outcome for clients.
Kirsten Sjøvoll - Matrix ChambersIntellectually brilliant, practical and yet nuanced, incisive and quick with reasonable and reasoned advice.

Rising Stars

Ben Gallop - 5RBBen is a rising star at the Bar. He is hard working, intelligent; understands that practical advice is as important as a knowledge of the law.
Beth Grossman - Doughty Street ChambersBeth is the definition of rising star at the Bar. She is razor-sharp, her written work is excellent and combined with her clarity of advocacy, she is operating at a level far in excess of her call. She's incredibly popular with clients and her no-nonsense style is very refreshing.
John Stables - 5RBJohn has an impressive depth of knowledge. He provides clear advice to clients, is collaborative and approachable.

Defamation and privacy in London Bar


The ‘first port of call for any defamation, privacy or data protection matter’,  5RB 's members represent high-profile clients on leading cases in the practice area. In Johnny Depp v News Group Newspapers, Adam Wolanski QC and Clara Hamer were part of the team that successfully defended NGN; Depp was refused permission to appeal by the Court of Appeal. Justin Rushbrooke QC and Jane Phillips acted for the claimant in Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers, obtaining  summary judgment against the Associated Newspapers for its misuse of a letter the Duchess sent to her father. In WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants, Jonathan Barnes QC represented the claimants before the Supreme Court appeal concerning the laws governing data protection and vicarious liability in the event of a mass data breach. In addition, Adrienne Page QC represented the claimant in the trial of liability and the continuing defamation case Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd & Evening Standard Ltd, which went to the Supreme Court in 2019 on the definition of "serious harm".



‘5RB is at the top of the media law bar. They are highly specialised, and always have counsel available.’

‘5RB is excellent. Amazing strength in depth. Without doubt the go-to set for defamation and privacy work but also for any case in the media and communications list.’

‘Definitely, the leading media and communications set. Just miles above the others. ‘

‘Unquestionably the top defamation set .’

‘5RB is a fantastic set with some of the finest legal minds. They are at the forefront of the industry and continue to impress across all areas.’


‘The 5RB clerks are absolutely stellar – responsive, friendly, knowledgeable. ‘

‘Very strong. Andrew Love, Jamie Clack, Georgina Gills and Olivia Smith are all brilliant.’

‘Antony Braeger is very attentive and quick to respond.’

‘Andrew Love is the best head clerk that I have ever come across. Jamie Clack and Antony Braeger are very effective and the whole team is efficient and their speed of response is second to none.’

‘The clerks at 5RB are commercially minded, attentive, and never fail to deliver an excellent service.’

Matrix Chambers

A high-powered set featuring several prominent market leaders, the barristers at Matrix Chambers advise A-list celebrities, broadcasters, and major news publications involved in high-profile defamation, privacy, harassment, and data protection matters. In Vardy v Rooney, Hugh Tomlinson QC successfully led Sara Mansoori QC for Rebekah Vardy, wife of 2019-20 Premier League Golden Boot winner Jamie, in the first stage of libel claim stemming from Twitter and Instagram posts by Coleen Rooney, wife of former Manchester United striker Wayne, accusing her of leaking fake social media posts to The Sun. They were opposed by Antony White QC, known for his work in Lloyd v Google LLC, a group litigation order case against the tech giant surrounding its behavioural advertising cookie placement.  Lorna Skinner QC  and  Catrin Evans QC respectively represented the claimant and defendant in Duchess of Sussex & Archie Mountbatten-Windsor v Splash News & Picture Agency LLC, a dispute which settled concerning telephoto lens photography in a park in Canada – the litigation was against the backdrop of the defendant’s administration.



‘Very professional set. A well-oiled machine.’

It’s a very strong set at all levels, and also good at encouraging a team ethos so work gets done and recognised effectively whether by solicitors or counsel. It’s good at cutting-edge law.’ 

‘All barristers that I have instructed at Matrix Chambers have always been excellent.’

‘Matrix are No.1 in defamation, privacy, data protection, misuse of confidential information, and all media law issues. There are so many expert practitioners to choose from, which means that if your first choice is not available, there are others who can accept instructions.’

‘Matrix have an excellent media practice. Some of the top silks in defamation and privacy law and particularly strong on data protection issues.’


‘Their clerking is better than any other set I work with.’

‘The clerks are generally a pleasure to deal with: responsive, professional, and experienced.’

‘The clerking is second to none.’

‘The clerking team at Matrix has always been excellent, with great responsiveness and prompt clear updates on fees.’


With a ‘worthy reputation for housing data protection and defamation specialists’, 11KBW's members advise major tech giants, media outlets, and private individuals on defamation, privacy, and data protection matters.  David Glen is currently acting for the defendant in Shahbaz Sharif v Associated Newspapers Limited, in respect of a Mail on Sunday article which reported on a police investigation into allegations of fraud and embezzlement in Pakistan by the former Chief Minister of Lahore. In Whyte v CBS, Anya Proops QC is acting for the publisher, defending a claim by heavyweight boxer Dillian Whyte in connection with the publication of news articles reporting he had tested positive for banned substances. Hannah Ready acted for the defendant in Baltaci v Refinitiv Limited, which surrounded the claimant’s inclusion in a high-profile database of high-risk individuals used globally by financial institutions.



‘Worthy reputation for housing data protection and defamation specialists.’

‘From its information law origins, its media practice has expanded to cover a broader range of cases, with many of them being very high profile. They are now one of the go-to sets for defamation and privacy cases and their offering of talent is practically second to none.’


‘From an instructing solicitor’s perspective, the clerks are the glue that keeps the set running so efficiently. Mark Dann is joint senior clerk and is a complete dream to work with. Martin Pownall is also excellent.’

‘The set is well-clerked. Mark Dann and Martin Pownall are a delight to work with.’

‘Good communication.’

‘Responsive and reliable.’

Doughty Street Chambers

A small but very strong selection of defamation and privacy practitioners’, members of Doughty Street Chambers advises media organisations, investigative journalists, and high-net-worth individuals involved in defamation, privacy, and data protection matters. Heather Rogers QC  is currently acting with Jonathan Price for the defendants in Barclay v Barclay & another, a privacy claim stemming from allegations of surreptitious recordings made by members of billionaire Sir Frederick Barclay’s family of each other. Mark Henderson represented the former leader of the Labour Party in Millett v Corbyn, a Court of Appeal case concerning allegations that the claimant was one of a number of “Zionists” who had been “very, very abusive” to the Palestinian diplomatic representative in London.  In Re Al Maktoum, a matter concerning family proceedings involving the current Ruler of Dubai, Sarah Palin successfully acted solo for the media and got the president of the Family Division to lift reporting restrictions and release his judgments.



‘Exceptional all-round set which handles many areas of law to the highest standards. Exceptionally good barristers, both juniors and silks. Strength and depth at all levels and all areas of practice.’

‘Doughty Street are a really good set with a small but effective media team.’

‘They have a decent throng of media barristers, especially given the 5RB market dominance.’


‘Melvin Warner is an excellent clerk in the civil team. Very calm and efficient.’

‘Melvin Warner is one of the best (if not the best) media litigation clerks around. Has seriously upped Doughty Street chambers’ game in the media field.’

‘Melvin Warner is a great clerk to the media team. Lots of experience in this area.’

‘Melvin Warner is simply first-class.’