David Glen > Chambers of James Goudie QC and Daniel Stilitz QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Goudie QC and Daniel Stilitz QC

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David’s practice encompasses the full ambit of media, entertainment and information law. He has appeared in several of the highest profile defamation and privacy actions of recent years and consistently acts on behalf of leading firms of solicitors in the field and for a large number of the most prominent media organisations and companies (including Associated Newspapers, Google, Facebook, Guardian News & Media and Times Newspapers).

Equally highly regarded for his work on data protection and freedom of information matters, he has represented public and regulatory bodies and the media in cases heard before both the courts and the Information Tribunal. He also holds a very substantial practice in the fields of public and entertainment law, where he regularly advises the media regulator, Ofcom, and has acted for the United Kingdom Government in the successful defence of the two most important UK media law cases to reach the European Court of Human Rights in recent years.

David is listed as a leading junior by The Legal 500 in the fields of Defamation and Privacy, Data Protection, and Media & Entertainment Law.

Contributor to Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt, 5th edition, 2017

Co-author, Atkin’s Court Forms on Defamation


Member of the Bar Pro Bono Unit


MA (Hons) History (First Class), University of Edinburgh
Post-graduate law diploma (Distinction), The College of Law
Queen Mother Scholarship (Middle Temple)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Defamation and privacy

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

David Glen11KBWA fantastic barrister. Unfailingly across all aspects of a case. Outstanding attention to detail and focus on the bigger picture. He can be relied on 100%.

With a ‘worthy reputation for housing data protection and defamation specialists’, 11KBW‘s members advise major tech giants, media outlets, and private individuals on defamation, privacy, and data protection matters.  David Glen is currently acting for the defendant in Shahbaz Sharif v Associated Newspapers Limited, in respect of a Mail on Sunday article which reported on a police investigation into allegations of fraud and embezzlement in Pakistan by the former Chief Minister of Lahore. In Whyte v CBS, Anya Proops QC is acting for the publisher, defending a claim by heavyweight boxer Dillian Whyte in connection with the publication of news articles reporting he had tested positive for banned substances. Hannah Ready acted for the defendant in Baltaci v Refinitiv Limited, which surrounded the claimant’s inclusion in a high-profile database of high-risk individuals used globally by financial institutions.

London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

David Glen11KBWHe possesses the rare combination of being exceptionally bright and extremely personable.

11KBW is ‘an excellent set for information law cases with a good range of counsel at all levels’. ‘Leader in the fieldAnya Proops QC, and Rupert Paines, are continuing to defend Morrison’s in the WM Morrisons Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants case concerning criminal publication by an employee of company payroll data, which went to the UK Supreme Court on a point regarding vicarous liability. Well-respected by regulators, the set is often first-choice for the Information Commissioner’s Office and other public authorities, and also handles a range of private sector work. The ‘very collaborative and supportiveTimothy Pitt-Payne QC is a key silk in this area, with Christopher Knight, David Glen and Robin Hopkins recommended as juniors.

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

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

David Glen11KBWA fantastic barrister. Unfailingly across all aspects of a case. Outstanding attention to detail and focus on the bigger picture. Always available and hugely insightful. He can be relied on 100%.