Rupert Cowper-Coles > RPC > London, England > Lawyer Profile


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Partner in the media team, specialising in media litigation, most often in the fields of defamation, privacy, data protection and harassment law.

Rupert predominantly advises publishers and intermediaries in defending claims and exercising their free speech rights, acting for a spectrum of well-known clients including national newspapers, magazines, book publishers and journalists. He is experienced in litigating complex and developing areas of law, including on foreign jurisdiction issues, intermediary liability and the impact of European law on domestic information rights. Prior to joining RPC in 2016, Rupert predominantly advised prospective claimants.


Trained at Withers LLP from 2009, qualified 2011; solicitor at Withers LLP 2011 – 2016; joined RPC as an associate solicitor in 2016; promoted to senior associate in 2018.


University of Edinburgh 2003 – 2007 (MA Political Science); BPP Law School 2007 – 2009 (GDL and LPC).

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)

RPC is characterized by a practice built broadly on the pillars of publishing, advertising and video games. Noteworthy are a strong contentious practice in reputation management as well as a focus on advising organizers of eSports events. Co-head Oliver Bray is a specialist in advertising law and a go-to counsel for large, platform-based tech companies such as Google and Meta. Bray`s fellow co-head Keith Mathieson regularly acts for large publishers; for example, he has been representing The Financial Times and Tom Burgis in a high-profile libel claim brought by ENRC. A key contact at the firm for reputation management is Rupert Cowper-Coles .

London > Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Major tech, social media and publishing companies such as Google, Meta, Twitter and Associated Newspapers turn to RPC for assistance with data privacy litigation, cybersecurity incident response and compliance matters. Jon Bartley offers ‘excellent guidance and support in respect of data protection requirements’ while data dispute litigator Rupert Cowper-Coles is recommended for subject access requests and right to be forgotten claims. Richard Breavington has extensive expertise in data breach response and David Cran is a key contact for tech disputes.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management

(Next Generation Partners)

Rupert Cowper-ColesRPC

Described by clients as the ‘leading defendant media litigation practice in London’, RPC‘s reputation management team includes specialists in defamation, privacy, and editorial advisory services. The firm acts for clients across all media sectors, from national newspapers to online influencers, as well as all of the primary media liability insurers. Practice head Keith Mathieson is notable for his extensive expertise advising publications on media content, and his focus on defending the freedom of expression in media. ‘An asset to any case’, Rupert Cowper-Coles regularly handles complex data disputes stemming from online publications alongside Alex Vakil who manages the Mirror Newspapers hacking litigation. Recently promoted partner Alex Wilson assists with both pre-publication injunctions and post-publication issues, working with a range of media publishers including major national and local newspapers.