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Heather Rogers is a leading specialist in media and information law. She has appeared in many significant and high-profile defamation and privacy cases, from the ‘Spycatcher’ breach of confidence litigation, through to major libel actions (including David Irving v Penguin Books, Elton John v MGN, Hamilton v Al Fayed, Galloway v Telegraph, Roman Polanski v Condé Nast, Flood v Times Newspapers, Peter Cruddas v Times Newspapers)and privacy / data protection appeals (including Hutcheson, Ntuli and Prince Moulay Hicham v Elaph Publishing). Recent trials include Hourani v Thomson and others(harassment and libel) and Copthall Ltd v Scorched Earth (deceit claim arising out of film-financing arrangements).

Heather has a wealth of experience and regularly advises claimants and defendants. She is a director of the Campaign for Freedom of Information, and was a trustee of Article 19, the freedom of expression NGO, from 2004 to 2012. She has worked with the Media Legal Defence Initiative on free speech issues, including on ‘amicus’ briefs in Axel Springer v Germany (No 2) (restrictions on political speech in the European Court of Human Rights) and Raynor v Richardson (criminal defamation in Bermuda). She is co-author of Duncan and Neill on Defamation (4th edition), a leading practitioner textbook.


LLB (Hons) (First Class), London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Inns of Court School of Law (first in year)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Defamation and privacy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Heather Rogers KCDoughty Street ChambersFerociously intelligent but down to earth and practical. She has the best forensic brain of any barrister I’ve dealt with.

A small but very strong selection of defamation and privacy practitioners’, members of Doughty Street Chambers advises media organisations, investigative journalists, and high-net-worth individuals involved in defamation, privacy, and data protection matters. Heather Rogers KC  is currently acting with Jonathan Price for the defendants in Barclay v Barclay & another, a privacy claim stemming from allegations of surreptitious recordings made by members of billionaire Sir Frederick Barclay’s family of each other. Mark Henderson represented the former leader of the Labour Party in Millett v Corbyn, a Court of Appeal case concerning allegations that the claimant was one of a number of “Zionists” who had been “very, very abusive” to the Palestinian diplomatic representative in London.  In Re Al Maktoum, a matter concerning family proceedings involving the current Ruler of Dubai, Sarah Palin successfully acted solo for the media and got the president of the Family Division to lift reporting restrictions and release his judgments.