Market commenters report: "There is no better set for libel and privacy than 5RB." The chambers houses a deep bench of barristers who are noted for their expert handling of libel and privacy claims and related data protection matters, as well as emergency injunctions. Its members are instructed by claimants and defendants in the most prominent cases at all levels, including in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Members continue to be instructed in the most high-profile cases in the market, with recent examples including ZXC v Bloomberg. They have defended media outlets including The Times, The Sun and the BBC, and have acted to protect the reputation and privacy of numerous high-profile individuals such as the Duchess of Sussex and Johnny Depp.
"The clerks are very responsive, Georgina Gills, practice manager, and Antony Braeger, deputy senior clerk, in particular are very helpful."
"The clerks at 5RB are unparalleled, nothing is too much to ask and they are very knowledgeable about the court and processes."
"By far the best team of clerks. A seamless operation - they take the time to understand a matter and are genuinely interested in the subject matter and clients."
Andrew Love is the senior clerk.
Desmond Browne KC is a former Chairman of the Bar and joint head of chambers. He has a phenomenal reputation in defamation and privacy circles. He continues to be instructed in cutting-edge cases, and frequently appears in privacy injunctions and libel claims.
"A formidable lawyer and great in a fight."
Andrew Caldecott KC is a star of the Defamation and Privacy Bar, and he is widely regarded as the leading silk in the area. He has unrivalled Supreme Court experience and is continually instructed in high-profile, precedent-setting cases concerning defamation, privacy and malicious falsehood.
"He is super bright, engaging, sees every angle and is also excellent in conference."
"A superb lawyer, intellectually formidable, extremely focused and works well with a team and clients. Andrew is also very practical and great to work with."
"A shrewd lawyer whose submissions are treated with great respect by all tribunals from the Supreme Court down."
Adrienne Page KC is a leading silk with particular experience acting for claimants in a range of matters relating to defamation, malicious falsehood and harassment. She has led the Bar in the interpretation of the 'serious harm' requirement for claims under the Defamation Act 2013.
"Adrienne is terrific to work with; a force to be reckoned with."
"An extremely able lawyer and advocate who is superb with clients."
"Adrienne is a brilliant advocate, very clear in her advice, and has a wonderful knowledge of the law."
"Adrienne continues to be a leading silk for advice in more complex defamation cases."
David Sherborne is a stellar defamation specialist barrister who wins unanimous praise from peers for his privacy practice. He remains at the forefront of phone hacking litigation and continues to receive instructions in landmark libel and privacy cases.
"A fierce advocate and undoubted expert in protecting individuals' privacy and reputation."
"David is extremely good at strategy and brilliant with clients, I don't think there's a better privacy lawyer."
"A very reassuring person to work with because of his experience and he's also brilliant in court."
Jacob Dean is a premier barrister in the media sector who frequently appears in major cases, both as sole counsel and under the direction of leading silks. He has appeared before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal on a number of occasions. He has particular expertise in online and cross-jurisdictional matters.
"Jacob is incredibly bright, extremely responsive, user-friendly and hard-working."
"Both his advocacy, and his drafting of statements of case, submissions and advice is always at the very highest level."
Alexandra Marzec has an enviable reputation in the area of libel and privacy litigation. She is particularly proficient in media defence, having acted for newspapers, private investigators and other members of the press in phone hacking claims.
Jane Phillips is a well-regarded barrister specialising in media litigation. She acts for a number of high-profile celebrity clients and media organisations in sensitive disputes. She also provides pre-publication advice to book publishers and broadcasters.
"Jane has been uniformly excellent. Her advocacy is fantastic and she really listens and takes time to understand the underlying issues for her client."
"She is a very able counsel, she grasps complex cases quickly and is excellent at complex pleadings."
Justin Rushbrooke KC continues to be in high demand for his strong advocacy skills and understanding of the DPA in the context of defamation and privacy law. He has niche expertise in corporate libel claims and disclosure orders.
"His defamation knowledge and expertise is second to none and his advocacy is a master class."
"Justin is excellent all round. A superb, experienced and comfortable advocate who is very good at dealing with clients and excellent at seeing the big picture."
Kate Wilson is frequently involved in high-profile libel and privacy claims, with experience in the Supreme Court. She has niche expertise in online issues and claims involving public authorities. She has additional expertise in cases concerning reporting restrictions in the Crown and Family Courts.
"Kate's work product is absolutely brilliant. She is intelligent and very hard-working and has a really good strategic eye."
"She has a great eye for detail and is a practical problem solver."
"Kate is fantastic, very good and solid."
William Bennett KC enjoys an established reputation in the fields of defamation and privacy. He generally appears for claimants in high-profile libel claims.
"A real heavyweight and someone you want on your side in a fight."
"William is very able and sensible; a good mediator."
"A great trial advocate who sees the wood for the trees and has a lovely bedside manner."
"William runs a very sensible defence for his clients."
Godwin Busuttil is a top defamation barrister, offering a raft of expertise in privacy, conspiracy, data protection, online harassment and libel. He acts for both claimants and defendants and has co-authored much of the leading commentary on the practice area, and has appeared in some of the leading defamation and privacy cases of recent years.
"An excellent academic lawyer, great draftsman and competent advocate."
"He excels in document-heavy and complex cases, quickly assimilating a large volume of information in order to advise effectively on strategy."
"Godwin is very direct and good with clients."
Greg Callus has a superb reputation as a barrister with a flourishing data protection and libel practice. He is instructed by both claimants and defendants, and counts high-profile publishers and broadcasters among his clientele.
"Greg Callus is totally masterful on jurisdiction issues."
"He is good on the law and has a real presence in court."
Clara Hamer is a rising talent, with a practice covering all aspects of media and information law. She acts in privacy and defamation matters for national newspapers, publishers and broadcasters.
"She gives very clear, well thought out and comprehensive advice in a manner that's accessible to lay clients."
"Really forensic, bright and on top of things; she is an excellent part of any trial team."
"Clara is outstanding, extremely detail-focused, very strong and a forceful but persuasive advocate on her feet."
"Clara is dynamic, fearless and robust."
Richard Munden is an experienced barrister with broad expertise in media matters, including claims involving the DPA and traditional libel matters. He is active in a number of phone hacking and related privacy claims.
"Richard is thoughtful, well prepared and user-friendly. He is a hugely knowledgeable defamation and privacy senior junior."
"He is very impressive, commercial and sensible."
"Richard is hugely knowledgeable in the area and gives very clear and succinct advice."
"Richard is an outstanding practitioner who is extremely user-friendly and clients love him."
Jonathan Scherbel-Ball is a defamation and data protection-focused barrister who is well respected for his defence work. His practice is augmented by his previous in-house experience at the BBC. He has a significant Northern Irish practice and regularly represents publishers and broadcasters, government departments, and a range of blue-chip multinational companies.
"He provides an exceptional level of service, turning around advice on complex issues quickly and without fuss."
"Jonathan is really responsive and hands-on. He is also very forensic and a go-to junior for data protection issues."
"Jonathan's very thorough and knows the law. He is outstandingly good."
Adam Wolanski KC is a leading defamation barrister who is valued by instructing solicitors for his client management skills and well-honed advocacy style. He acts for and against the major media organisations and newspapers in high-profile cases concerning libel, privacy and reporting restrictions.
"He is terrific to work with, insightful, responsive, and drafts clearly."
"Adam is very able, responsive, practical and great to work with."
David Hirst is a highly lauded defamation and privacy barrister with a niche focus on online matters such as internet harassment, tracing and disclosure orders against ISPs. He also advises corporate entities and media organisations on pre-publication.
"He is very easy to work with, incredibly clever and very diligent."
"David is tremendous with clients, simplifying complex ideas and offering sound solutions."
Victoria Jolliffe is an accomplished media law barrister focusing on reputational matters for claimants and defendants. She has niche expertise in Norwich Pharmacal applications, and privacy and harassment injunctions.
"Victoria is an experienced junior with a strong understanding of the client's objectives and litigation strategy."
"She is extremely talented."
"Victoria drafts very well and is a good advocate."
Julian Santos is a highly rated barrister with particular expertise in cases concerning defamation, privacy, data protection, harassment and breach of confidence. He is active in ongoing matters arising out of the phone hacking scandal.
"Julian is very responsive and available."
"An incredibly safe pair of hands; Julian is knowledgeable in all matters GDPR."
Adam Speker is a superb barrister with a broad media practice encompassing all aspects of reputation management, privacy and media defence. He has appeared before the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the Privy Council.
"Adam is extremely good at explaining things to clients in a very clear and user-friendly way. He is very responsive and instinctively knows how to work with clients."
"Adam is very responsive and highly commercial in his work. He is excellent with clients and always willing to go the extra mile."
"Adam is very strategic and really good with clients."
"Adam is a fantastic advocate and an effective communicator. He is always clear and reliable in his advice and in providing strategic guidance."
Gervase de Wilde focuses on representing newspapers, broadcasters and private individuals in disputes concerning defamation, privacy, harassment and court reporting. His previous experience as a journalist for a national newspaper gives him considerable insight into the sector.
"Gervase is relaxed and easy to work with. He stands up for his clients and is not afraid or unwilling to take on difficult cases."
Ben Gallop is an esteemed junior barrister building a strong reputation for defamation and privacy work. His recent practice has focused on defending a number of major newspaper publishers, including the proprietors of the Daily Telegraph, the Mirror and Mail Online, in high-profile libel claims. Before joining the Bar, he worked at the Independent Press Standards Organisation.
"Ben is a real asset at the junior end of chambers. He is very down to earth, responsive, drafts well and provides reliable sensible advice."
"He's extremely reliable, diligent and very client-friendly. Ben is a dependable junior counsel."
"An impressive junior who is very user-friendly, works well with silks and is one for the future."
"Ben is a good advocate and his written work is excellent."
Felicity McMahon enjoys a growing reputation in the area, thanks to her successful work for both claimants and defendants in matters relating to privacy, libel and harassment.
"She provides excellent, calm and considered advice."
"She has everything - intellect, pragmatism, emotional intelligence and a strong moral compass."
Victoria Simon-Shore practises in the area of media law and has expertise spanning libel, online harassment, privacy and breach of confidence. She also provides pre-publication advice to newspaper clients.
"Victoria has a tremendous commercial mind, understands the clients' needs and provides useful, practical advice."
"She has good attention to detail and is good on her feet in hearings."
"Victoria is very approachable, pragmatic, and gets to the point."
"Victoria is brilliant with clients, is very down to earth and is able to pick things up quickly and run with them."
Chloe Strong represents clients in defamation, privacy, confidence and copyright claims. She represents both individuals and companies, and frequently provides pre-publication advice to major publishers.
"Chloe is very thorough and great with clients."
"A very good claimant barrister with good judgement."
Ben Hamer is a strong up-and-coming junior with a practice focused on acting in defamation disputes for both individual claimants, as well as in group actions. He has experience acting in high-profile matters in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
"Ben is very hard-working and incredibly bright."
"He continues to stand out as the best of the next generation."
"Ben is always on hand to respond, very pragmatic, and is trusted implicitly."
Jonathan Barnes KC is a highly experienced barrister who acts mainly for claimants in actions concerning reputation, including libel and privacy proceedings. He is well regarded for his expertise in data privacy matters and his previous experience as a solicitor practising in the field.
Aidan Eardley KC is a barrister with an outstanding reputation for media law matters and a strong track record of acting both for and against the media. He draws praise for his understanding of the DPA and his strong advocacy skills.
"He is very thorough, thinks deeply about cases and is great on cases where there is a large amount of material to master."
"He has an absolutely stellar brain."
John Stables is a well versed defamation practitioner who is regularly instructed by high-profile broadcaster and publisher claimants and defendants. His practice is further bolstered by his significant experience in media regulation matters.
"John has practical knowledge which is an advantage in broadcasting cases."