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Doughty Street Chambers

Defamation/Privacy

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Doughty Street Chambers is recognised for its wide-ranging expertise in the defamation and privacy field. The set's practice covers libel and malicious falsehood, harassment and breach of confidence claims. The barristers bring to bear their strong experience in human rights and international media law, and the set possesses deep knowledge of privacy matters relating to open justice. Examples of members' recent work include involvement in the Supreme Court cases of Lachaux v Independent Print, Serafin v Malkiewicz, and Stocker v Stocker. The barristers are also sought out to provide pre-publication advice.

Client service:

"The clerks are efficient at getting information from A to B and getting meetings and paperwork together." "Practice manager Melvin Warner is one of the leading lights in the clerking sphere; he understands us and the timescales we need and deals with the matter for us without unnecessary effort or drama."

Strengths:

Beth Grossman
Beth Grossman is a talented barrister gaining strong recognition in the defamation and privacy field. She acts for both claimants and defendants in litigation, as well as pre-publication advice and international matters.
"She is patient, always precise and clear in her advice, and able to explain the issues in lay terms." "She researches everything very thoroughly, has a good understanding of the law and fights tooth and nail for clients."

Strengths:

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC is an esteemed barrister who focuses her practice on the crossover of media law and human rights. Her practice encompasses pre-publication advice, access to documents and contempt of court. International media defence is a notable area of strength.
"She understands the industry and wins over the judiciary; she is a phenomenal advocate."
Recent work: Represented the Media Lawyers' Association in the Transparency Review, an assessment of the access to and reporting of information on matters in the Family Court, including reporting restrictions and anonymisation.

Strengths:

Caroline Addy
Caroline Addy is an experienced barrister who represents both claimants and defendants in cases concerning libel, privacy, breach of confidence, contempt and freedom of information, as well as human rights law. She has particular expertise in search engine and ISP liability issues.
"She is very experienced."

Strengths:

Claire Overman
Claire Overman continues to gain increasing recognition for her media practice, representing high-profile individuals and organisations in a range of claims in defamation and privacy. She has experience in the Supreme Court.
"She is very practical and understands how publications work." "She has a really good grasp of the law and very clear advocacy in court." "Her written submissions are great."
Recent work: Defended the co-founder and co-executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, in a libel claim brought by an Azerbaijani MP after he was accused of money laundering.

Strengths:

Heather Rogers QC
Heather Rogers QC is a superb media silk who maintains a busy libel, data protection and privacy practice. She acts for both claimants and defendants and is considered a go-to for defamation claims and film-related litigation.
"She has a formidable intellect and an astute awareness of commercial realities. She is also a great tactician and super team player." "Her pleadings are very crisp."
Recent work: Represented Southampton City Council against a journalist applying for access to documents in relation to family proceedings regarding a child, under Article 10 and public interest.

Strengths:

Jonathan Price
Jonathan Price is a highly regarded barrister with a specialism in cases involving social media and online libel and privacy. He has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in cases concerning defamation and data and information law.
"His pleadings are good." "He has a good understanding of the law."
Recent work: Represented the Media Lawyers association in the Supreme Court case of Serafin v Malkiewicz, considering Section 4 of the Defamation Act 2013.

Strengths:

Jude Bunting QC
Jude Bunting QC runs a busy public law practice and is well respected for his knowledge of open justice and reporting restrictions. His experience includes appearances before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
"He is a barrister who understands the media and what journalists and editors are trying to achieve. He can also more than hold his own in a courtroom full of QCs – on his feet he displays a formidable combination of tact and fearlessness." "He makes himself available, is able to assess tricky facts and gives clear and realistic advice."
Recent work: Represented six media organisations in relation to the Manchester Arena inquiry and the open justice questions raised by it, including the anonymity of witnesses, use of closed hearings and access to evidence.

Strengths:

Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin is a well-regarded barrister known for her strong defendant media practice, aided by her former experience in-house at Associated Newspapers. She handles high-profile privacy and defamation cases on behalf of numerous leading titles including the Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail.
"She is great at thinking outside the box, coming up with solutions in tricky cases, and is always insightful and clear with her advice. She also knows the industry incredibly well."
Recent work: Successfully represented a number of media organisations, including Guardian News & Media, Times Newspapers and Telegraph Media Group, in the appeal for reporting restrictions to be lifted in the Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum case.

Defamation/Privacy

Doughty Street Chambers

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54 Doughty Street

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Greater London

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WC1N 2LS

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Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC
Band 3
Heather Rogers QC
Band 1
Jude Bunting QC
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Beth Grossman
Up and Coming
Caroline Addy
Band 4
Claire Overman
Band 4

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