Areas of work

Privacy and Confidence

5RB has been at the forefront of not merely acting in many of the leading privacy and confidence cases involving the media, but in shaping the law. 22 members of 5RB contributed to the first comprehensive practitioners’ text on the subject, The Law of Privacy and the Media, edited by Sir Michael Tugendhat and Iain Christie, which was published by Oxford University Press in October 2002.  The second edition of the book was published in March 2011.

Resolving the conflict between respect for private life of individuals and freedom of expression remains one of the most important and pressing legal issues of our times. 5RB has unrivalled experience in this area acting for both Claimants and Defendants and has been involved in the major  legal developments in this area over the years: from key cases such as Douglas v Hello!, Campbell v MGN  and Mosley v UK to more recent developments both in case law (amongst others Hutcheson v NGN and Rocknroll v NGN), and more widely, such as the News of the World phone-hacking litigation and the Leveson Inquiry.

Members of 5RB are experienced in making and resisting applications for injunctions as well as orders  for anonymity and restrictions on reporting sought in order to protect privacy interests. 5RB barristers are also experts in related areas of law which can also be deployed by those seeking protect privacy interests such as harassment and copyright.

5 recent Privacy and Confidence cases