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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)

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London Bar > Defamation and privacy

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Heather Rogers QC

Doughty Street Chambers

‘Re-emerging as one of the foremost advocates and advisors in defamation and privacy law.’