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London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Hugh Tomlinson QCMatrix Chambers‘He remains a leader in the field and is a fount of knowledge and wisdom on anything media-related.’

Matrix Chambers ‘has it all’ and is ‘incredibly strong in defamation, privacy and data protection law’ and ‘an increasing force in the new media law landscape’ thanks to ‘a group, which has the brains, energy, flexibility and quality’. Recent highlights include Antony White QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC acting for the defendants and claimants respectively in the milestone NT1 and NT2 v Google case, the first right to be forgotten claim tried in the UK; and White defending Associated Newspapers in Stunt v Associated Newspapers Ltd, a case concerning the compatibility of the pre-publication stay provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 with EU law. Catrin Evans QC and Ian Helme joined from One Brick Court creating further strength in depth for the set.

London Bar > Defamation and privacy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Hugh Tomlinson QCMatrix ChambersFantastic legal knowledge and very good judgement.

The multi-disciplinary Matrix Chambers fields a growing media team and is recognised as ‘an increasing force in the new media law landscape’; over the course of 2018, both Catrin Evans QC and Ian Helme joined chambers from One Brick Court. Of note, the set was instructed on two landmark cases: Gavin Millar QC represented the BBC in Sir Cliff Richard v BBC; Hugh Tomlinson QC acted on the claimant side in NT1/NT2 v Google, while Antony White QC and Evans QC represented the tech giant. Solicitors say the set creates a ‘direct personal relationship with the clients‘ and is known to be the home of privacy injunctions.

London Bar > Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

(Media and entertainment - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Hugh Tomlinson QCMatrix ChambersHe has a fount of knowledge and wisdom on anything to do with media law.

Matrix Chambers ‘is an increasing force in the new media law landscape where the focus is on privacy and data protection’ and benefits from ‘excellent barristers’ who ‘offer a high level of expertise delivered in a practical and pragmatic manner’. In an example of a case straddling the entertainment sector and privacy, Antony White QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC acted for the defendant and claimant respectively in a high-profile privacy claim relating to a Channel 5 series which showed enforcement officers during evictions and repossession of belongings.