Areas of work

Pre-publication Advice

5RB has a wealth of experience advising on pre-publication matters, both for print media and for the television and film industries. We understand the need to minimise legal and regulatory risks before information is published, whilst helping to realise the creative ambitions of those we work with, and without unduly compromising freedom of expression. 5RB is able to provide expert, cost-effective advice on how to minimise the risk of libel, contempt, unwarranted invasion of privacy and copyright infringement, as well as other legal and regulatory issues.

Junior members of 5RB regularly attend newspaper offices and broadcasting studios to give pre-publication or broadcast advice and all members have experience ‘libel-reading’ books, magazines and newspapers before they are published.

Chambers also has particular expertise advising the independent television production sector.  We advise across all genres of programming, from comedy and light-entertainment to serious factual and current affairs programming, including undercover investigations both in the UK and abroad.  We provide advice from the conception of creative ideas for programming through to transmission and beyond.  Members of chambers regularly provide companies and distributors with ‘sign-off’ on Errors & Omissions policies for insurance purposes.

5RB also gives advice on notices and information to be released by companies and/or local authorities.

Regulatory Advice Generally

As well as advising pre-publication on media regulation as it affects publishing, broadcasting and advertising (PCC, Ofcom, BBC Trust, ASA, BBFC, ATVOD), 5RB also provides clients with expert advice on post-publication regulatory matters and complaints.  Members of chambers are regularly instructed to draft detailed written submissions on behalf of clients to Regulators and on occasions to represent them at hearings.

1 recent Pre-publication Advice case