Justin Charles Neil Rushbrooke QC > Chambers of Adrienne Page QC and Justin Rushbrooke QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adrienne Page QC and Justin Rushbrooke QC


Specialises in media and entertainment law, in particular libel (including corporate and trade libels), privacy, confidence, contempt, passing off/trade marks, costs/CFAs, contractual disputes and cases involving the internet. Recent/notable cases include: Rothschild v Associated Newspapers (CA); Baturina v Times Newspapers [2011] EMLR 19 (CA); McLaughlin v Lambeth & Khan [2011] EMLR 8; Polonsky v Figes (the Amazon reviews case); OPQ v BJM [2011] EMLR 23; Thornton v Telegraph Media Group [2010] EMLR 25; Ambrosiadou v Coward [2010] 2 FLR 1775; Tesco v The Guardian [2009] EMLR 5; Adelson v Associated Newspapers [2008] 1 WLR 585 (CA); Frank Bruno v News Group Newspapers [2007]; Collins Stewart v The Financial Times [2006] EMLR 5; Jameel (Yousef) v Dow Jones [2005] QB 946 (CA); Jameel (Mohammed) v Wall Street Journal [2005] QC 904 (CA); Polanski v Condé Nast Publications Ltd [2005] 1 WLR 579 (HL); Maccaba v Lichtenstein [2005] EMLR 109; McManus v Beckham [2002] 1 WLR 2982 (CA); Burstein v Times Newspapers [2001] 1 WLR 579 (CA); Godfrey v Demon Internet [2001] QB 201; Berezovsky v Michaels [2000] 1 WLR 1004 (HL).


Worked for Morgan Grenfell & Co Ltd, London 1986-88; called to the Bar 1992, Middle Temple; Silk 2013. Contributor to ‘The Law of Privacy and the Media’ (OUP 2002).


Harrow School; Balliol College, Oxford (1986 BA Classics; 1990 BA Law); Inns of Court School of Law.


Music, tennis, watching cricket.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Justin Rushbrooke QC5RBJustin is razor-sharp but can also make clients feel relaxed and confident they are in good hands.

Without doubt the “go-to” set for cases in the media and communications list’, 5RB has ‘firmly established itself as a critical port of call for the most complex and high profile defamation and data protection advice’. Jonathan Barnes QC – a 2021 Silk appointment – recently acted for various claimants in the Supreme Court against Morrisons, concerning the issue of vicarous liability after an internal auditor published the company’s payroll records online. Jonathan Scherbel-Ball recently acted for Google and was successful in striking out a claim against it that related to alleged data protection breaches relating to international data transfers. Justin Rushbrooke QC, who is ‘highly intellectual in his approach’, acted for the Duchess of Sussex in her privacy, copyright and data protection claim against the Mail on Sunday.

London Bar > Defamation and privacy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Justin Rushbrooke QC5RB

The ‘first port of call for any defamation, privacy or data protection matter’,  5RB ‘s members represent high-profile clients on leading cases in the practice area. In Johnny Depp v News Group Newspapers, Adam Wolanski QC and Clara Hamer were part of the team that successfully defended NGN; Depp was refused permission to appeal by the Court of Appeal. Justin Rushbrooke QC and Jane Phillips acted for the claimant in Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers, obtaining  summary judgment against the Associated Newspapers for its misuse of a letter the Duchess sent to her father. In WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants, Jonathan Barnes QC represented the claimants before the Supreme Court appeal concerning the laws governing data protection and vicarious liability in the event of a mass data breach. In addition, Adrienne Page QC represented the claimant in the trial of liability and the continuing defamation case Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd & Evening Standard Ltd, which went to the Supreme Court in 2019 on the definition of “serious harm”.

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

(Media and entertainment - Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Justin Rushbrooke QC5RB

Very well-known for media and entertainment matters’, the experienced barristers at 5RB advise high-profile celebrities and media outlets in high-profile cases such as Johnny Depp v News Group Newspapers. For example, recently, Chloe Strong successfully represented the television personality and former mixed martial artist Alex Reid in Reid v KM Media Ltd, which concerned an allegation contained in an article published on Kent Online that he had hacked the mobile telephone of his ex-wife, the TV personality Katie Price. In addition, Justin Rushbrooke QC acted for the claimant in Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers.