UK Bar: Media & Entertainment 2019

In this chapter we recognise 36 silks and 12 juniors for their exceptional work representing media and entertainment sector clients in complex litigation relating to a wide array of matters, from copyright to licensing and privacy. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Ian Mill QC   Blackstone Chambers
2. David Pannick QC  Blackstone Chambers 
3. John Baldwin QC   8 New Square 
4. Edmund Cullen QC  Maitland Chambers 
1. David Sherborne  5RB 
2. Mark Vinall  Blackstone Chambers 


Blackstone Chambers performs well this year with 12 silks listed for their excellent work in the field.
Ian Mill QC stands out in our research as one of the foremost media and entertainment advocates at the UK Bar. He is highly praised by sources, one of whom considers him “a star performer who is the first port of call for contentious entertainment disputes”.
David Pannick QC is an “outstanding” silk, well known for his expertise in phone-hacking disputes. He is regarded by one source as “the doyen of the Bar” and “the best of the best” in the media and entertainment field.
Tom Weisselberg QC impresses market commentators with his first-class advocacy work, particularly when it comes to complex entertainment disputes across a range of areas, from television to music.
Pushpinder Saini QC is “a very gifted barrister” who is commended for his work representing “big clients” in copyright and infringement-related litigation proceedings.
Robert Howe QC is recognised for his extensive experience handling complex litigation across the media and entertainment sectors, and is particularly highlighted for his expertise in contractual and IP-related disputes.
Kate Gallafent QC is “great on regulatory disputes involving the media sector” according to peers, who note she “gives clear, pragmatic advice, and is well trusted and liked by clients”.

8 New Square achieves six listings in this chapter.
John Baldwin QC is a leading figure at the Bar who is frequently engaged in representing clients in sophisticated IP and entertainment disputes. His expertise spans a range of matters from copyright to licensing and advertising.
Daniel Alexander QC is described by peers as “the master” when it comes to copyright infringement and licensing disputes in the media space. Sources note, “He combines strong expertise with an easy manner.”
Charlotte May QC is regarded by sources as “a star” and “really good, standout counsel”. They commend her excellent work on sector-related IP matters, and note she is “very commercial and a great lateral thinker”.
Lindsay Lane QC is recognised by peers as a standout advocate and is described by sources as “great on IP-related media and entertainment litigation”.

Matrix Chambers sees five silks highlighted in this edition.
Gavin Millar QC is “well known for acting in media-related public law matters”. He is highlighted as “a media favourite” by sources who praise his impressive privacy and reporting restriction work.
Hugh Tomlinson QC is recognised as “a very active claimant silk” who stands out for his exceptional work on privacy and human rights-related media issues. One source describes him as “a trailblazer with encyclopaedic knowledge and unparalleled experience”.
Antony White QC wins high praise from peers for his first-rate work representing major clients in privacy and information-related disputes. They commend his impressive knowledge of regulatory compliance matters.

At 5RB, Desmond Browne QC comes highly recommended by market sources, one of whom notes, “It is hard to think of any aspect of the practice in which he is not a top name.”
Justin Rushbrooke QC focuses his top-notch practice on media and entertainment disputes, and stands out for his impressive work representing clients in privacy, libel and contractual claims.
Adam Wolanski QC is “a measured and skilled advocate” say sources, who recommend him for his “excellent” work on complex privacy and commercial media disputes.
Christina Michalos QC draws high praise from peers who note she is “well regarded for her ability to advise on cases where IP issues overlap with defamation and privacy matters”.

Edmund Cullen QC at Maitland Chambers “gives calm and considered advice and is able to provide good experience across the sector”, according to sources. He is well respected among peers who commend his “excellent judgement”.

At 39 Essex Chambers, Richard Spearman QC possesses “immense experience” handling a range of complex media and commercial cases. Peers commend his strong expertise when it comes to privacy law as well as contentious media-related IP issues.

Serle Court’s Elizabeth Jones QC is highlighted for her extensive experience in the field as well as her “excellent intellect and judgement”. She frequently acts on behalf of clients in music-related disputes, where she is “calm as calm can be”.

Andrew Caldecott QC at One Brick Court is “a great tactician and compelling advocate” say peers, who describe him as “first port of call for media companies facing regulatory issues”.


5RB’s David Sherborne is the leading media and entertainment junior at the Bar. He is recognised for his “good experience of media regulation cases” as well as his impressive expertise in privacy disputes.

Hogarth Chambers achieves four listings this year.
Amanda Michaels is praised by peers as a “tenacious and thorough advocate”. They note, “She has strong experience of advising on copyright disputes involving media companies.”
Gwilym Harbottle impresses respondents who consider him “a leading practitioner in music law disputes”. They add, “He is much admired by clients.”

Mark Vinall at Blackstone Chambers is “an effective operator” who is highlighted for his “excellent reputation in the entertainment sector”. He frequently handles disputes for a range of clients including artists, record companies and film companies.

At Matrix Chambers, Lorna Skinner is highlighted for her impressive experience in media regulatory law. One peer says, “She gives considered advice and instils confidence in clients.”
Sara Mansoori is a well-known figure in the field who is highly sought after for her expert handling of complex media, privacy and copyright litigation proceedings. 

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