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  1. Defamation and privacy – Leading sets
  2. Defamation and privacy – Leading silks
  3. Defamation and privacy – 2017 silks
  4. Defamation and privacy – 2019 silks
  5. Defamation and privacy – Leading juniors

Defamation and privacy – Leading sets

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Defamation and privacy – Leading silks

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Defamation and privacy – 2017 silks

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Defamation and privacy – 2019 silks

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    • William Bennett QC - 5RB β€˜Experienced advocate. He is confident and wily.’
    • Adam Wolanski QC - 5RB β€˜A pleasure to work with and the quality of their advice and service is second to none.’

Defamation and privacy – Leading juniors

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    • Jacob Dean - 5RB β€˜Highly talented in defamation and privacy law.’
    • Sara Mansoori - Matrix Chambers β€˜Very competent, exceptionally thorough. A real expert on privacy and data law.’
    • David Sherborne - 5RB β€˜Very knowledgeable, highly personable and extremely efficient.’
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    • Caroline Addy - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Calm, confident and firm.’
    • Jonathan Barnes - 5RB β€˜Very good on his feet, confident, hardworking and thorough.’
    • Godwin Busuttil - 5RB β€˜Very knowledgeable, knows the CPR, retains lots of detail.’
    • Aidan Eardley - 5RB β€˜Very bright with impeccable attention to detail.’
    • David Glen - 11KBW β€˜A strong advocate, forensic attention to detail, tactically astute and enormously knowledgeable.’
    • Ian Helme - Matrix Chambers β€˜An encyclopaedic knowledge of privacy law.’
    • Richard Munden - 5RB β€˜A good draftsman, with excellent attention to detail, and a strong advocate.’
    • Jane Phillips - 5RB β€˜Superb judgement, very thorough and a delight to work with.’
    • Hannah Ready - 11KBW β€˜'Has a good eye for detail. Gets stuck into difficult matters and is incredibly bright.’
    • Jeremy Reed - Hogarth Chambers β€˜Clever, hardworking, dedicated, concise and innovative.’
    • Lorna Skinner - Matrix Chambers β€˜Thorough and highly intelligent.’
    • Adam Speker - 5RB β€˜Responsive, knowledgeable and a strong, gifted advocate.’
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    • Timothy Atkinson - Ely Place Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable and approachable.’
    • Edward Craven - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is extremely hardworking, responsive and always ready to assist.’
    • Victoria Jolliffe - 5RB β€˜Very thorough, takes a proactive approach to cases, and gives assured and considered advice on strategy.’
    • Alexandra Marzec - 5RB β€˜Outstanding, particularly in privacy and defamation work.’
    • John Samson - Ely Place Chambers β€˜Very hardworking and leaves no stone unturned.’
    • Jonathan Scherbel-Ball - 5RB β€˜Absolutely meticulous in his analysis and work.’
    • Kate Wilson - 5RB β€˜Her attention to detail is excellent, as is her written work.’
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    • Greg Callus - 5RB β€˜Impossible to understand how a relatively junior barrister possesses so much knowledge.’
    • Clara Hamer - 5RB β€˜Exceptionally talented barrister very bright; has excellent judgement and is a great team player.’
    • David Hirst - 5RB β€˜Particularly knowledgeable in relation to defamation cases that involve online publication.’
    • Felicity McMahon - 5RB β€˜Impressive legal knowledge and first-class attention to detail.’
    • David Mitchell - Ely Place Chambers β€˜His work is always of a high standard. He is always well prepared and extremely approachable.’
    • Claire Overman - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Thorough in her advice. Good grasp of the law and had detailed knowledge of key cases.’
    • Julian Santos - 5RB β€˜Would strongly recommend based on his excellent results and his user-friendly style.’
    • Ben Silverstone - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is very responsive and drafts well.’
    • Victoria Simon-Shore - 5RB β€˜Easy to work with and has great communication skills.’
    • Kirsten Sjovoll - Matrix Chambers β€˜Very bright, very talented; shows real promise.’
    • Chloe Strong - 5RB β€˜Has a very good grasp of data protection law, provided very strong legal and strategic analysis throughout.’
    • Gervase de Wilde - 5RB β€˜Very intelligent, possesses a great mind and has a memory for the tiniest of details; a master of the art of cross-examination.’

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The β€˜outstanding’ 5RB is the β€˜go-to set for media-related matters’. Desmond Browne QC, Adrienne Page QC and David Sherborne are among a β€˜huge array’ of barristers who are β€˜highly knowledgeable and without exception offer a very high standard of advice’. Members of chambers have been involved in several notable cases over the past year, including Nick Brown v (1) Tom Bower & (2) Faber & Faber Limited, Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd, and Sir Cliff Richard v BBC & Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, where Justin Rushbrooke QC and Godwin Busuttil successfully acted for the claimant.

The β€˜superb’ barristers at Matrix Chambers have been involved in four Supreme Court cases in the last 12 months. Defendant clients include broadcasters, unions and news publications, while claimant clients include major corporations and celebrities. The set’s members are commended for β€˜offering a high level of expertise delivered in a practical and pragmatic manner’. Hugh Tomlinson QC and Sara Mansoori acted for the claimant in the libel proceedings Lisle-Mainwaring v Associated Newspapers Ltd. Gavin Millar QC was up against Antony White QC in the Kelly v Facebook Ireland Ltd defamation claim.

Ely Place Chambers has increased experience in pre-publication, advisory and costs-related work. William McCormick QC was involved in the Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited test case on the recoverability of additional liability in publication cases. In Smith v Skanska & Others, John Samson represented 150 construction workers who were secretly vetted and β€˜blacklisted’ by the industry over a 40-year period; claims were brought for breach of the Data Protection Act, defamation and misuse of private information. Meanwhile, David Mitchell deals with a substantial amount of defamation work for government departments and public bodies.

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