UK Bar: Defamation & Privacy 2018

In this chapter, 28 top-tier barristers are identified as the leading individuals in the privacy and defamation space. The barristers highlighted boast vast experience advising and litigating on behalf of high-profile clients in a range of matters including libel claims, breach of privacy and confidentiality issues.

Most Highly Regarded
1. James Price QC 5RB
2. Gavin Millar QC Matrix Chambers
3. Hugh Tomlinson QC Matrix Chambers
1. Sara Mansoori Matrix Chambers
2. Richard Munden 5RB
3. Adam Speker 5RB
4. Jane Phillips One Brick Court


MATRIX CHAMBERS ranks prominently in our research this year, with six leading silks recognised for their proficiency handling privacy and defamation claims.
The “exceptional” Gavin Millar QC is a key figure in the market who is widely regarded as a specialist in all areas of media law including defamation, privacy and breach of confidence.
The “outstanding” Hugh Tomlinson QC is another leading silk in the field of defamation and privacy law, who draws effusive praise from sources who commend his “high level of expertise in the area”.
Guy Vassall-Adams QC is a “top-notch” silk renowned for his fantastic advocacy skills. In recent years he has litigated in various high-profile trials, including the phone hacking litigation. 
Anthony Hudson QC is “an excellent barrister” according to sources who admire the skilful way he handles complex litigation in the privacy space.

Media and communications specialist set 5RB also stands out in this year’s research, achieving four nominations here.
“Eminent practitioner” James Price QC is a favourite among clients who commend his “excellent forensic skills, attention to detail and analysis of issues”. One commentator remarks: “His expertise is second to none.”
The “excellent” Justin Rushbrooke QC is “the star of the media Bar” according to interviewees, having acted both for and against nearly all of the major newspaper groups over the course of his career.
With more than 30 years’ experience, Desmond Browne QC is a long-standing fixture in the market who garners extensive praise thanks to his “exceptional” work in the field.
Adrienne Page QC is “an outstanding silk” who is well known in the market thanks to her top-tier work acting for high-profile clients in a range of libel, defamation and privacy matters.

Members of ONE BRICK COURT are well known for their long-standing expertise in media and information law. This year two top silks are highlighted for their work in the space.
Catrin Evans QC is “a true specialist in the field” who impresses market sources with the way she “combines real expertise with an immeasurable focus and level of respect in the media sphere”.
Andrew Caldecott QC is “very well respected in the media world” thanks to his sharp mind, excellent judgement and “unbeatable expertise in the field”.


5RB stands above the competition with an impressive nine juniors listed for their defamation and privacy expertise.
The “superb” Richard Munden is one of the standout juniors in the area, consistently impressing clients by “always going above and beyond when instructed” and delivering results thanks to his “technical expertise, responsiveness and commercial approach”.
Adam Speker boasts “a very high-profile reputation” in the market thanks to his “unparalleled understanding of defamation and privacy law issues”.
Adam Wolanski is a strong advocate who peers describe as “a formidable opponent”. Sources consider him one of the leading defamation juniors at the Bar.
The “excellent” William Bennett also ranks prominently thanks to his expertise in a range of matters including breach of confidence, misuse of private information, harassment and defamation.

At MATRIX CHAMBERS the “exceptional” Sara Mansoori enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market as a “true specialist” in all areas of media and information law.
Ben Silverstone “has a sharp legal mind with wide-ranging knowledge on law affecting the media” according to sources, who also praise his “approachability and pragmatism”.

“Fantastic advocate” Jane Phillips at ONE BRICK COURT is “at the top of her game” according to sources, who praise her “great judgement, strategic prowess and personable nature”. 

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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