Claire Overman > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Claire specialises in all aspects of media and information law, including defamation, privacy, data protection and harassment.

She is ranked as a defamation and privacy junior in both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. She accepts instructions on behalf of claimants and defendants.


Year of Call: 2014

Claire has represented clients in the County Court, the High Court, and the Supreme Court. She has also acted in ECtHR and international media cases. Recent clients include: a Premiership football club, several award-winning investigative journalists and journalistic organisations, and a FTSE 100 company.

In addition, Claire has significant experience of providing pre-publication legal and Ofcom advice to publishing houses and a range of national media organisations. She has advised The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times, the BBC and Channel 5.

In 2018, Claire was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship to participate in the Paris Bar Exchange. She spent one month attending a variety of court and arbitration hearings, and sat with the media and information team at leading French law firm, Herald.

Before commencing pupillage, Claire was editor and communications manager of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. In 2014, she co-edited the Hub’s inaugural published anthology, “Global Perspectives on Human Rights” and its annual report.




BA (Law with Law in Europe) (First Class Honours), University of Oxford (Keble College)

BCL, University of Oxford (Keble College)

Residential Scholar, Gray’s Inn

Bacon Scholar, Gray’s Inn, 2013-2014

Certificat Supérieur de Droit Français et Européen, Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Defamation and privacy

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Claire OvermanDoughty Street ChambersShe rolls up her sleeves and provides very practical advice and possesses excellent judgement, being able to read the court and her opponents well. Her written work is concise and very compelling and she has a gentle authority on her feet.

With a ‘first rate team‘, members of Doughty Street Chambers act in a range of defamation, privacy, and data protection matters, representing media organizations and high-net-worth individuals. In Brake v Guy & Others, Heather Rogers KC led Jonathan Price, representing the claimant in the Court of Appeal case concerning the misuse of private information in relation to personal emails on a work account. In Stocker v Stocker, Claire Overman acted on behalf of the claimant in the Supreme Court, with respect to Facebook posts between ex-spouses, with the court clarifying certain issues in relation to defamatory social media publications. In addition, Jude Bunting KC – who took silk in 2022 – focuses on issues relating to anonymity in criminal proceedings.

London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Claire OvermanDoughty Street ChambersShe provides very practical advice and possesses excellent judgement, being able to read the court and her opponents well. Her written work is concise and very compelling, and she has a gentle authority.