Matrix Chambers

Defamation/Privacy Department

London (Bar)
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Matrix Chambers is home to a number of talented defamation and privacy law barristers. Members are sought out to advise and represent both claimants and defendants including broadcasters, newspapers and celebrities. They possess a comprehensive knowledge of the main pieces of legislation regulating the area and the different kinds of claims that can be pursued. Recent work highlights include the dispute between Sir Cliff Richard and the BBC resulting from the broadcasting of the search of the claimant's home.

Client service: "The clerking at Matrix is good and efficient. They'll find the person who matches your needs." "The clerking there is excellent. It's a very smooth process." Alison Scanes is the senior practice manager of the media and information law team.

Anthony Hudson QC
Offers expertise across the gamut of media law, including harassment, data protection and libel claims. 
Strengths: "He is very relaxed and persuasive. Judges like him." "He provides very robust and practical advice, often on extremely tight deadlines."

Recent work:Acted in group litigation against NGN relating to voicemail interception and associated acts.

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.
Strengths: "A formidable court advocate. He is extremely clever and always masters his brief." "He has outstanding client skills. He is also extremely knowledgeable and a real expert in the field."
Recent work: Defended Channel 5 in a privacy claim arising out of the series 'Can't Pay? We'll Take it Away!'.

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.
Strengths: "Very smart and very good with clients." "An expert in his field."

Recent work: Acted for NGN in group litigation brought by a large number of claimants in relation to voicemail interception and associated acts.

Catrin Evans QC
Relatively new silk who has 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 handling privacy claims with an international angle.
Strengths: "She knows her way round all the intricacies of media law." "She is extremely thorough and thinks of everything. Considered and effective."

Recent work: Acted for the BBC in defence of a breach of confidence claim brought by Appleby Global Group relating to a disclosure of data to worldwide media organisations.

Edward Craven
Junior barrister who 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.
Strengths: "Incredibly user-friendly and exceedingly bright." "Great to work with, personable and intelligent."
Recent work: Represented Orbis Intelligence and Christopher Steele in their defence of a high-profile libel claim brought by Aleksej Gubarev and three companies concerning material published in the so-called 'Trump-Russia dossier’.

Gavin Millar QC
Premier defamation and privacy specialist who is often the media's first port of call for their most sensitive and important cases. He has wide-ranging media expertise in freedom of press, reporting restrictions and contempt cases and acts for all the major newspaper groups and their journalists.
Strengths: "An extremely impressive advocate with a deep understanding of issues regarding freedom of expression and open justice." "He can handle the most subtle points of law with such elegance."
Recent work: Acted in three appeals by media organisations, heard together by the Supreme Court, which each involved an appellant who had lost a libel or privacy case brought by a claimant with a CFA.

Guy Vassall-Adams QC
Media and information law specialist who took silk in 2016. He has a strong track record of success in high-profile media claims involving press intrusion and defamation.
Strengths: "Well respected by the media."

Recent work: Acted in Migrants Rights Network v Secretary of State for the Home Department and Secretary of State for Health, a judicial review challenging the sharing of personal data between the NHS and the Home Office for the purpose of immigration enforcement.

Hugh Tomlinson QC
Widely regarded as a top-flight privacy silk who has been at the forefront of developments in the law in terms of privacy and defamation. He is highly active in cases involving reporting restrictions and is frequently called upon to assist with emergency injunctions.
Strengths: "A true expert in this field. He gives succinct, practical advice which is invaluable." "The go-to privacy silk. He has led the new era of reputation management."
Recent work: Represented Richard Lloyd in a representative action on behalf of 5.4 million iPhone users in a data protection claim arising out of the use by Google of the 'Safari workaround.'

Ian Helme
Senior defamation and privacy junior who is particularly well regarded for his representation of clients on data protection and freedom of information matters.
Strengths: "Academic and very knowledgeable, with a strong pragmatic edge. He is always thinking outside of the box." "He has an excellent grasp of the overlap between libel and data protection law and he has excellent judgment. He is a very clear advocate."

Recent work: Acted in Webzilla and Others v Steele and Others, a media law claim relating to the publication of the 'Trump Dossier.'

Lorna Skinner
Leading media and information law junior who is crafting a strong reputation in the fields of defamation, misuse of private information and data protection. She is highly experienced in injunctions, inquiries, Supreme Court matters and high-profile disputes.
Strengths: "A very safe pair of hands. Fiercely intelligent, very client-focused and very easy to work with." "She's good with clients and on her feet. She's very knowledgeable and she thinks about things sensibly."
Recent work: Acted in claims for libel, breach of the Human Rights Act and DPA brought against the Secretary of State for the Home Department in respect of a press release about the updated Prevent Duty guidance which identified Dr Salman Butt as an extremist hate speaker.

Sara Mansoori
Impressive media junior specialising in privacy, defamation, information and data protection law. She is experienced in phone hacking claims and regularly acts for celebrities and people in the public eye. She represents both claimants and defendants in media matters.
Strengths: "She has a very good manner with clients and exceptional attention to detail." "Exceptionally hard-working, very thorough and a good team player."

Recent work: Represented six high-profile claimants in their privacy and misuse of private information claims against NGN for publications in the News of the World arising out of phone hacking.