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Sara Mansoori

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Matrix Chambers (Matrix Chambers)


Barrister with a wide range of experience and practices in all areas of media and information law (including defamation, privacy and confidence, data protection, freedom of information, harassment, contempt, reporting restrictions, pre-publication advice and copyright), human rights law and public law. Cases and matters of interest include: Max Mosley v Google Inc [2015] EWHC 59 (Junior Counsel for claimant in data protection and privacy claim against Google); OPO v MLA (2015) (Junior Counsel for MLA in appeal to Supreme Court against injunction preventing publication of MLA’s memoir); Hunt v Times Newspapers Ltd (2013) (Junior Counsel for claimant in libel trial in respect of allegations that he was the head of an organised crime group); Bento v Chief Constable of Bedfordshire (2012) (Junior Counsel for Claimant in libel trial where claimant was awarded £125,000 damages for false allegation that he had probably killed his girlfriend); counsel for the Core Participant Victims, Module two of the Leveson Inquiry; CTB v NGN [2011] EWHC 1326 (Junior Counsel for Claimant in privacy claim); Ferdinand v MGN Ltd [2011] EWHC 2454 (Junior Counsel for Claimant in privacy trial); Junior Counsel for the Claimant Group in the Voicemail Interception Litigation against NGN and Glenn Mulcaire; Trafigura v Leigh Day, 2008/9 (acting for Leigh Day in libel action involving issues of personal injury law, foreign law, shipping law and environmental law); Sophie Dahl v Express Newspapers, 2009 (counsel for the Claimant in passing off and data protection claim) Sir Martin Sorrell v Bennatti & ors, 2007 (junior counsel for Sir Martin Sorrell in the first joint Internet libel and privacy case in relation to online publications) and David & Victoria Beckham v News Groups Newspapers Ltd, 2006 (junior counsel for the Beckhams in their libel action against The News of the World).


Called 1997; Lincoln’s Inn. Joined Matrix in 2011; senior lawyer in Ministry of Justice 2009-11; barrister at 5RB Chambers from 1998-2009. Publications of note: co-author of ‘The Law of Privacy and the Media’ (2002, OUP).


Conversational Farsi and French.


Bar Human Rights Committee; Bar Pro Bono Unit; Liberty.


Leeds University (LLB (Hons) (First Class)).

London Bar

Defamation and privacy

Within: Defamation and privacy – Leading juniors

Sara Mansoori - Matrix Chambers ‘Very competent, exceptionally thorough. A real expert on privacy and data law.’

Within: Defamation and privacy

The ‘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 ‘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.

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)

Within: Data protection – Leading juniors

Sara Mansoori - Matrix Chambers ‘She is great to work with and leader on data protection issues.’

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Within: Media and entertainment – Leading juniors

Sara Mansoori - Matrix Chambers ‘She instils trust and confidence in both clients and instructing solicitors.’

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