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Chambers of Desmond Browne QC and Justin Rushbrooke QC

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Justin Charles Neil Rushbrooke QC

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5RB (Chambers of Desmond Browne 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.

London Bar

Data protection

Within: Leading Silks

Justin Rushbrooke QC - 5RB ‘ ‘A go-to silk for cases that bridge the data protection and privacy gap.’ ’

Within: Data protection

As ‘a first-class set’ for media, defamation and privacy work, 5RB utilises this strength across data protection instructions to advise on issues that bridge the two areas. Justin Rushbrooke QC recently acted for Sir Cliff Richard in Sir Cliff Richard v BBC and South Yorkshire Police, a high-profile privacy and Data Protection Act 1998 claim brought following the coverage of a 2014 police raid at the claimant’s home. ‘Excellent communicator’ Andrew Caldecott QC is lead counsel for the defendant construction companies in equally high-profile litigation relating to the alleged blacklisting of construction workers, while Aidan Eardley has notable experience acting for and against media organisations. The set has been strengthened of late, gained seven practitioners, including Caldecott and Eardley, following the closure of One Brick Court.

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Defamation and privacy

Within: Leading Silks

Justin Rushbrooke QC - 5RB ‘ A go-to silk, superb advocate with a fierce intellect. ’

Within: Defamation and privacy

5RB is well-established for handling a wide range of media and communication law instructions including defamation, privacy, and data privacy. Described as a 'strong set with a number of experienced counsel in this area', chambers was, of late, involved in several extremely high-profile cases including Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, where Godwin Busuttil led by Justin Rushbrooke QC acted for the claimant. In Nick Brown MP v Faber & Faber and Tom Bower, Adrienne Page QC and Jacob Dean acted for the claimant against the acclaimed author and publisher of Broken Vows; Andrew Caldecott QC and Clara Hamer represented the defendants. Since the resolution of this case, Caldecott QC and Hamer have joined chambers from the now dissolved One Brick Court. They arrived with Aidan Eardley, Jane Phillips, Jonathan Scherbel-Ball, Kate Wilson, and Ben Gallop, bolstering the set's ranks and cementing its place as 'the market leader in the field of defamation and privacy law'.

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Within: Media and entertainment - Leading Silks

Justin Rushbrooke QC - 5RB ‘ He is extremely impressive with a legendary reputation for defamation and privacy work. ’

Within: Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

‘A leading set for media and reputational matters’, 5RB ‘have huge strength in depth’ and are known for defamation and privacy matters. In a recent highlight Justin Charles Neil Rushbrooke QC successfully represented Sir Cliff Richard in an invasion of privacy claim against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police, in which Aidan Eardley, who recently joined 5RB from One Brick Court, was instructed on the opposing side. Other changes to the set include the arrival of Andrew Caldecott QC also from One Brick Court and Christina Michalos QC’s appointment to silk.

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