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Doughty Street Chambers

Defamation/Privacy

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Doughty Street Chambers is recognised for its wide-ranging expertise in this field, which covers libel and malicious falsehood, harassment and breach of confidence claims. Members also regularly 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 the set’s recent work include the high-profile 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 clerking service is very efficient." "Doughty Street Chambers has a very friendly and welcoming team. Practice manager Melvin Warner is a highly experienced clerk who is extremely efficient and can be relied upon for his broad knowledge of managing media and privacy matters." "Melvin Warner is an absolute star and is very helpful and client-focused. He's very supportive of his own team but also of his clients, and is a great advocate for the chambers."

Strengths:

Caroline Addy
Experienced practitioner 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's very tactful and very strategic." "Absolutely super-composed – nothing fazes her."

Strengths:

Claire Overman
Gains increasing recognition for her media practice, representing high-profile individuals and organisations in a range of claims in defamation, privacy and harassment. She also provides pre-publication advice to a number of publishers and broadcasters.
"She's a superb communicator both with lawyers and non-lawyers. She is very conscientious and hard-working." "She's very bright, very diligent and extremely capable." "An up-and-coming star of the future."
Recent work: Instructed as junior counsel for the claimant in the Supreme Court case of Stocker v Stocker, which became the leading authority on defamatory meaning in relation to social media posts.

Strengths:

Heather Rogers QC
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.
"Heather is extremely experienced and possesses excellent judgement. She is always prepared to offer an honest assessment of prospects, can rapidly assimilate large amounts of information, and is an authoritative and measured advocate." "She's got a tremendous intellect and is trusted by judges. She's brilliant, and a joy to work with." "Frighteningly sharp and possesses an incredible memory that retains the most granular of details. She is also approachable and client-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in the Barclay v Barclay litigation, a claim arising out of a dispute between members of a family in relation to recordings.

Strengths:

Jonathan Price
Highly regarded junior 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.
"Jonathan is an excellent barrister. He's hugely articulate and persuasive, and has a good client manner." "Unflappable and practical, and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in the Supreme Court case of Lachaux v Independent Print.

Strengths:

Jude Bunting
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's a very effective advocate. A rising star, who is incisive, clear and quick on his feet." "A splendid defender of media freedom."
Recent work: Acted for The Times Newspapers, News Group Newspapers and Telegraph Media Group in persuading the Employment Tribunal to reject the BBC's application for a reporting restriction to prevent reporting the names of the women who had signed the collective grievance in relation to the claim brought by Samira Ahmed.

Defamation/Privacy

Doughty Street Chambers

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Location

54 Doughty Street

London

Greater London

UK

WC1N 2LS

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Defamation/Privacy


Heather Rogers QC
Band 1

Juniors

London (Bar)

Defamation/Privacy


Caroline Addy
Band 4
Claire Overman
Band 4
Jonathan Price
Band 3
Jude Bunting
Band 4