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Defamation/Privacy

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Praised by clients as "modern and forward-thinking," and fielding an "absolutely premier league" team of counsel. The set houses many of the Bar’s most highly esteemed defamation and privacy barristers. Members are highly experienced in disputes concerning privacy injunctions, freedom of expression, misuse of private information and libel claims. They have notable expertise covering questions of liability for information published on social media or online. Recent highlights include instructions in Lloyd v Google and ZXC v Bloomberg, and for Associated Newspapers in the privacy claim brought by the Duchess of Sussex.

Client service:

"The clerks are so flexible; they have a really fast turnaround time and can always fulfil the client's needs." "Chris Beard is really good at keeping on top of things." Alison Scanes is the senior practice manager for the media and information law team.

Strengths:

Anthony Hudson QC
Offers expertise across the gamut of media law, including harassment, data protection and libel claims.
"He's very good at working out what is important, and coming up with a strategy and following it through. He's clear and straightforward."
Recent work: Defended Unite and a political blogger in a libel claim brought by a former Labour MP.

Strengths:

Antony White QC
Eminent media silk who is held in high regard for his knowledge of defamation law and the DPA. He is highlighted by instructing solicitors for his strong advocacy skills. He is skilled in handling breach of confidence and freedom of information cases.
"Antony is extremely clever and masters the detail of even the most complex cases, whilst remaining client-oriented and user-friendly." "He's so quick and responsive, and has the judges eating out of his hands. He's clear, concise, methodical and really brilliant." "Supremely intelligent, astute and very hard-working. An expert on the cutting edge of media law."
Recent work: Represented Google in Richard Lloyd's mass claim concerning the 'Safari Workaround' which allowed Google to access iPhone users' personal data without their express permission.

Strengths:

Ben Silverstone
Impressive junior with a broad practice covering the full ambit of media law. He frequently appears in high-profile defamation and data protection cases.
"He's incredibly able, hard-working and very clever." "An extremely bright and unflappable junior."
Recent work: Defended Carole Cadwalladr, a journalist for The Observer, in a claim for libel brought by Arron Banks, a high-profile supporter of the Brexit campaign.

Strengths:

Catrin Evans QC
Possesses a phenomenal reputation at the Defamation Bar and is frequently a top choice among instructing solicitors for sensitive libel and DPA claims. She acts for and against high-profile individuals, as well as major publishers and broadcasters. She has substantial experience of handling privacy claims with an international angle.
"An extremely clear and strategic thinker. She has excellent judgement and does not miss a point." "Intelligent, collaborative and thoughtful. We like her understated but confident manner." "She gives superb and reasoned advice to clients and has a particular strength in cases with a data protection element."
Recent work: Acted for the BBC in seeking to have a privacy reporting restriction imposed to prevent the publication of the names of several women which were mistakenly revealed to the press in the course of Samira Ahmed's equal pay claim.

Strengths:

Edward Craven
Has established an enviable reputation in the field of libel and privacy. He has a wealth of experience in phone hacking claims and is frequently instructed in a variety of other media disputes.
"He's technically excellent. Highly dedicated, responsive and really easy to work with." "Very perceptive and super-intelligent, but also provides practical advice." "He's got an eye for novel points that can win a case."
Recent work: Represented Orbis Intelligence and Christopher Steele in their defence of a libel claim brought by Aleksej Gubarev and several companies concerning material published in the so-called 'Trump-Russia dossier'.

Strengths:

Gavin Millar QC
Often the media's first port of call for their most sensitive and important cases. He has wide-ranging expertise in freedom of the press, reporting restrictions and contempt cases, and acts for all the major newspaper groups and their journalists.
"He's just excellent and so knowledgeable in this field. His analysis of a case is meticulous and his advocacy is really strong." "An amazing advocate. Very robust and very persuasive with judges."
Recent work: Defended The Times against a libel and privacy claim by an ex-Conservative MP arising out of three articles reporting on allegations of sexual assault.

Strengths:

Guy Vassall-Adams QC
Media and information law specialist who has a strong track record of success in high-profile media claims involving press intrusion and defamation.
"He's lovely to work with." "A great advocate."
Recent work: Represented the Media Lawyers Association in the Supreme Court case of Lachaux v Independent Print.

Strengths:

Hugh Tomlinson QC
Widely regarded as a top-flight privacy silk who has been at the forefront of developments in the law in this area. He is highly active in cases involving reporting restrictions and is frequently called upon to assist with emergency injunctions.
"A fount of knowledge and a formidable advocate." "A superstar; a doyen of the media law world. Always available to share his wisdom." "Very good at applying the law to real-world problems that clients are contending with and thinks creatively to come up with workable solutions."
Recent work: Represented Travel Insurance Facilities in a libel action against The Times arising out of a series of defamatory articles concerning alleged malpractice.

Strengths:

Ian Helme
Senior defamation and privacy junior who is particularly well regarded for his representation of clients in data protection and freedom of information matters.
"He offers an impressive grasp of a wide range of media law issues, together with excellent judgement. He is a very clear advocate and is not afraid to take on silks in court." "He's really innovative and creative in how he approaches a case and finds its solution." "Really easy to work with and incredibly knowledgeable. He's prompt and quick, and manages expectations well."
Recent work: Successfully represented the Duke of Sussex in a privacy and data protection claim against the paparazzi agency Splash after it chartered a helicopter to fly over the Surrey home of the royal couple.

Strengths:

Lorna Skinner QC
Leading media and information lawyer who enjoys a strong reputation in the fields of defamation, misuse of private information and data protection. She possesses formidable experience across a wide variety of prominent media cases and appeals.
"Frighteningly clever, with advocacy skills to match. She is particularly brilliant when it comes to online issues, and is a go-to mind for anything with a data protection angle." "She's tremendous with detail and incredibly pragmatic." "Commercial and tenacious. A pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Dr Salman Butt in his claim arising from the publication by the Home Office of a press release in which he was named as an extremist hate speaker.

Strengths:

Sara Mansoori
Impressive media barrister specialising in privacy, defamation, information and data protection law. She is experienced in phone hacking claims and regularly acts for celebrities and others in the public eye. She represents both claimants and defendants in media matters.
"She has an impressive ability to digest complicated cases and cut to the key issues. She's excellent on privacy law and has a very good manner with clients, making her a perfect choice in more sensitive privacy cases." "Intelligent, thoughtful, user-friendly and always available to help in a crisis." "Meticulous attention to detail – a real star."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in the privacy and data protection claim ZXC v Bloomberg.

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London (Bar)

Defamation/Privacy


Anthony Hudson QC
Band 3
Antony White QC
Star Individuals
Catrin Evans QC
Band 2
Gavin Millar QC
Band 1
Guy Vassall-Adams QC
Band 3
Hugh Tomlinson QC
Star Individuals