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Chambers of James Goudie QC and Daniel Stilitz QC

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Hannah’s practice covers the full ambit of media and information law, including data protection. Recognised as a “rising star” in the field, recent highlights include:

  • a Supreme Court appearance in a landmark privacy case concerning the right of arrestees in child sex offence cases to remain anonymous (PNM v Times Newspapers Ltd);
  • a Court of Appeal appearance in Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd, which gave rise to the first appellate decision on the controversial ‘serious harm test’ under section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013;
  • acting for the largest group of defendants in multi-million-pound litigation concerning the alleged blacklisting of construction workers (Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation).

In 2012, she was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship to work at the New York offices of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP, where she gained both a broad grounding in American media law and experience in advising on cross-jurisdictional issues. Having previously worked for a leading communications agency, Hannah also boasts expertise in reputation management and litigation strategy.

Hannah is a contributor to Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt, 5th Edition, 2017, and co-author, Atkin’s Court Forms on Defamation.

Hannah has a particular interest in dealing with online issues and experience in representing prominent internet and technology clients, including Google UK Ltd, AOL (UK) Ltd,Twitter Inc. and TripAdvisor Ltd.



MA (Cantab) (First Class), Law, University of Cambridge (Churchill College)
Silverman Sherliker Award for Legal Excellence; Churchill College Scholarship, 2008
Lord Denning Scholarship; Hardwicke Entrance Award, 2009
Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School (Outstanding)
Buchanan Prize; Hubert Greenland Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn), 2010
Pegasus Scholarship (Inns of Court), 2012

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Well-resourced at both senior and junior level’, ‘high-quality outfit11KBW is the ‘go-to’ set for employment and education work, and has a ‘stellar reputation’ in public procurement. With ‘high intellectual ability’, ‘whichever barrister you use is likely to be an asset to the team’ and they are ‘much more service-oriented than many sets so make it their business to get back to solicitors between hearings, on trains, whatever it may be’. Chambers is ‘second to none’ for IT and telecoms law as well as being particularly strong in data protection matters. Chambers has strengthened its defamation and privacy offering with the arrival of David Glen and Hannah Ready from the dissolved One Brick Court, while Stephen Kosmin strengthened the set’s public, commercial, and international law practices following his arrival from 39 Essex Chambers at the tail end of 2018. In other recent news, joint head of chambers John Cavanagh QC and fellow silk Karen Steyn QC have been appointed High Court judges in the Queen’s Bench Division, effective from 1 October 2019, and Holly Stout has been appointed an employment judge; Jane McCafferty has taken silk. Led by joint senior clerks Lucy Barbet (‘always helpful’) and Mark Dann (‘easy to get on with’), the ‘very communicative’ clerks’ room is ‘responsive, commercial, pragmatic, and doesn’t waste time’; the team’s ‘contribution to the running of chambers cannot be flawed’. Lee Cutler is ‘away and on hand to get the right barrister at the right price’; Harry Gilson and Martin Pownall are ‘excellent at keeping solicitors informed and ensuring instructions are met’. Offices in: London

London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Hannah Ready11KBW‘She always brings fresh thinking and a new approach to the discussion.’

London Bar > Defamation and privacy

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Hannah Ready11KBWVery bright junior, clearly going places in the future.