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UK Bar: Media & Entertainment 2016

This year 45 practitioners have been identified by our research as the leaders in the field.


Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Leading Silks
David Pannick QC Blackstone Chambers
Robert Howe QC Blackstone Chambers
Ian Mill QC Blackstone Chambers
Desmond Browne QC 5RB
Richard Spearman QC 39 Essex Street
Leading Juniors
Jeremy Reed Hogarth Chambers
Mark Vinall Blackstone Chambers
Christina Michalos 5RB
Amanda Michaels Hogarth Chambers
Stephen Bate 5RB


At Blackstone Chambers an impressive 12 senior practitioners are identified for their leading work in this field. David Pannick QC is “an outstanding professional.” Clients particularly praise his “quick thinking and versatile style of advocacy”.  The “simply superb” Robert Howe QC is lauded for his “high level of skill which allows him to pay close attention to the detail, whilst never losing sight of the bigger picture.” Ian Mill QC has been described as “a force to be reckoned with”. His “impressive clientele” includes famous performers, major record companies, music publishers and industry trade bodies, as well as film, theatre, TV and radio companies. James Eadie QC is “highly experienced” in media law. He frequently advises on issues pertaining to the Freedom of Information Act, as well as representing ”numerous high-profile clients” before Ofcom, including in cases involving competitions and misleading audiences. He also acted for the government in the Leveson Inquiry. Thomas de la Mare QC has been described as “a lawyer like no other”. He has “an impressively broad media practice” encompassing the film and music industry, broadcasting regulation and advertising law. Pushpinder Saini QC is praised for his “fantastic understanding of the industry” and “high level of commercial acumen”. The “stunningly excellent” Robert Anderson QC is renowned for his “thorough and imaginative approach” to clients’ most difficult problems. Robert Englehart QC has a reputation for being “one of the leading figures in the industry”, built on an “outstanding track record of excellence”. Tom Weisselberg QC is known for his “impressively strong analytical skills”. He has acted in “a wide range” of entertainment disputes and “expertly” advises licensors, licensees and regulators, among other clients. He has particular experience of the Copyright Tribunal and regularly handles cases involving copyright, partnership and performer’s property rights issues. Dinah Rose QC is described as “an incredible legal strategist” with a “fantastic work ethic”. The “wonderful” Michael Beloff QC is “incredibly knowledgeable and articulate.” Clients particularly praise his “ability to effectively tailor advice to their business needs”. Andrew Green QC is “the barrister of choice” for many due to his “phenomenal level of skill”.

At Matrix Chambers five silks are listed for their contribution to this field. Antony White QC has “extensive expertise” and offers “first-rate advice” to clients drawing from “a wealth of knowledge and experience”. Anthony Hudson QC is praised for his “meticulous approach” to matters, which has earned him “wide acclaim in the market”. Gavin Millar QC is “a noted specialist in all areas of media law” including defamation, reporting restrictions, privacy, publishing contempts and breach of confidence. He is known for his “straight talking and ability to get to the heart of the matter”. Alex Bailin QC has made a “leading contribution to the field”. His “eminent media practice” comprises the areas where criminal and media law intersect, such as fair trail rights, privacy, confidentiality, open justice and freedom of speech. The “technically brilliant” Hugh Tomlinson QC impresses with his “extensive knowledge base” and “ability to handle complex issues”. Guy Vassall-Adams QC has a fantastic reputation in the industry, and clients say they “couldn’t wish for a more skilled advocate”. He practice includes matters pertaining to privacy, data protection, defamation, copyright, and freedom of information, among others, and he has “substantial experience of group litigation”.

At 8 New Square John Baldwin QC is a “fantastic litigator” with a “commanding presence in court”. He is joined by Richard Meade, known for his “extensive experience in the industry” and who clients warm to for his “hands-on and friendly” approach. With over 20 years of experience at the bar Daniel Alexander QC is “a leading player in the field”, whose practice includes international and EU-cases, often involving multi-jurisdictional matters.

From Monckton Chambers Jon Turner QC is described as “a heavyweight” at the bar, and is praised for his “clear sightedness in relation to complex issues”. The award-winning Daniel Beard QC is known for his “boundless knowledge of the sector” and for producing “excellent and highly accomplished work”. Meredith Pickford QC has “considerable experience and expertise” in the media industry, and is recommended for his “willingness to always go the extra mile for clients.”  

Andrew Caldecott QC at One Brick Court is a “creative and knowledgeable barrister”, praised for his “superb technical skill” which allows him to produce “work of the highest quality”. He is joined by Richard Rampton QC who is known for his for his “savvy approach” and “ability to work exceptionally well with clients”. Catrin Evans QC is a “persuasive and confident advocate”, whom clients praise for her “phenomenal level of skill” and “versatile thinking”. She has particular experience in defamation law and claims involving false or damaging publications as well as freedom of expression and privacy laws.

With over 30 years of experience practising at the bar, Charles Hollander QC from Brick Court Chambers is renowned for being a leader in the industry, with “unparalleled knowledge of Media related law.” Alongside him, Mark Hoskins QC is “one of the great and the good”, and an “exceptionally safe pair of hands” for clients. 

At Ely Place Chambers Ronald Thwaites QC is an “exceptionally talented” practitioner. With particular expertise in libel cases he “has appeared in more libel jury trials than anyone else at the bar in the last 15 years” and “has not lost a jury libel case in the last 10 years.” William McCormick QC is “without doubt a top player”. His practice includes a “substantial focus on defamation case”, which is an area about which “he knows everything there is to know”.

At 5RB Desmond Browne QC is joint head of chambers and “amazingly gifted”. Having been “involved in a huge number of the most important cases affecting the media over the past three decades”, he is noted by clients and peers for “his tenacity, and ability to successfully negotiate complicated legal issues”.

Richard Spearman from 39 Essex Chambers is praised for his “highly technical approach” and for “always delivering for clients”.

At Maitland Chambers Edmund Cullen QC is “a first-class advocate” who specialises in media and entertainment work and in particular “relating to copyright and trade mark disputes in the music, film and broadcasting industries”. Within his “wide-ranging experience” he has specific expertise in Copyright Tribunal matters.

From Cloth Fair Chambers John Kelsey-Fry QC stands out for his “tireless commitment and energy” when perusing a case. He has “expertly advised” a number of high-profile individuals as well as national newspapers.


Four juniors are recognised at Hogarth Chambers. Jeremy Reed is the most highly regarded barrister in this chapter according to our research, reflecting his “outstanding work” is this area. Over the past four years he has been heavily involved in the phone hacking litigation, having acted for more than 70 individuals including politicians, celebrities, sportsmen, and crime victims and their families. Amanda Michaels is a “thoroughly impressive” barrister, who “inspires confidence in clients”. Gwilym Harbottle features prominently in our research for his “exceptional client manner” and “adroit advice”. They are joined by Andrew Norris whose “high-profile clientele” ranges from individual rights holders to multinational brand and patent owners, and includes performing artists, record companies, intergovernmental organisations and broadcasters. 

Christina Michalos at 5RB is a “renowned authority” on media and entertainment law. Highly praised by clients and peers for her “practical and commercial approach”, she has a particular interest in issues arising from internet user generated content and social networking sites. Joining her is Stephen Bate, with an “exemplary reputation in the market”. He has acted for high-profile individuals as well as advising broadcasters and telecommunications organisations on regulatory, copyright and other issues.

Mark Vinall at Blackstone Chambers draws universal admiration for his “brilliant technical understanding” and “broad knowledge base”. Clients particularly praise his “determination and sound judgement”.

From Matrix Chambers Lorna Skinner is known her expertise in the areas of defamation and privacy involving the internet and harassment and in online data protection. She is recommended for her “ability to get straight to the point” and for “keenly protecting clients’ best interests”.

From 8 New Square Lindsay Lane, described as “second to none”, draws universal recommendation for her “authoritative practice” and “impressive courtroom manner”

 At Selborne Chambers Juliette Levy is “in a class of her own”. She is known for “providing unique insight” into complicated issues and is praised for her “client centred approach”.

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