Chloe Strong

Profile

Chloe advises across the board of 5RB‘s specialities, with a particular emphasis on defamation, harassment and privacy/confidence law. She acts for both claimants and defendants. Her clients include individuals, corporates, regional and national newspapers, broadcasters and publishers. She regularly advises the BBC and Harper Collins amongst others.

In addition to trial work, Chloe has experience of appearing at strike out applications, CMCs, damages assessment hearings and Norwich Pharmacal applications to obtain details of anonymous posters of defamatory material, or information that constitutes a breach of privacy/confidence.

She has also advised on ‘right to be forgotten’ cases following the decision in the 2014 case of Google Spain.

Recent cases Chloe has been instructed on:

Defamation

·      Sole Counsel for Michael Segalov, an ex-law student at the University of Sussex, to obtain £20,000 damages and a public apology from the University following unwarranted claims he had committed acts of criminal behaviour (QBD, 04/11/2015).

·      Junior to Matthew Nicklin QC for the claimant in Cosio-Pascal v Corruption Watch and ors (QBD, 23/07/15), a libel action brought by Professor Cosio-Pascal, an internationally recognized expert on public debt finance, against the anti-corruption charity Corruption Watch over a report published on an Angolan-Russian debt deal.

Privacy/confidence

·      Junior to Matthew Nicklin QC for the claimant in OPO v Rhodes (previously MLA) [2015] EMLR 4 in injunction proceedings aimed at preventing publication of an autobiography by James Rhodes, a classical musician and the claimant’s father, on the grounds of a breach of privacy, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional harm under the rule in Wilkinson v Downton.

·      Chloe has been instructed in privacy injunction proceedings for well-known clients in the public eye.

Contractual media disputes

·      Representing the claimant music composer in Gilman v Rehioui [unreported] in a contractual dispute against a music video producer for recovery of fees following a disagreement between the parties.

Other

·      Acting as junior to Gavin Millar QC in Coventry v Lawrence [2015] UKSC 50, intervening on behalf of the Media Lawyers’ Association in the Supreme Court, in an appeal concerning the compatibility of the pre-LASPO conditional fee agreement regime and the European Convention on Human Rights, in particular Article 10 ECHR.

Textbooks/consultation work

Chloe is the current precedents and damages awards author in the leading libel practitioners’ text Gatley on Libel and Slander (12th Ed, Sweet & Maxwell, 2014), and is a co-author of several chapters (including on privacy law in the United States) in the forthcoming The Law of Privacy and the Media, Moreham and Warby, (3rd Ed, OUP, due early 2016), the only specialist in-depth practitioners’ text currently produced on privacy law.

Chloe was invited to be a member of the Civil Justice Council’s Working Group on costs in defamation actions which reported on 18 April 2013, and formed the basis for the MoJ’s proposals for reform contained within its 2013 consultation document on costs in defamation actions.

Before joining 5RB

Chloe qualified as a solicitor at Linklaters LLP in 2008-10, where she trained as a corporate, commercial and banking lawyer, working in both London and Milan.

In 2010/2011 she served as the Judicial Assistant to Lord Neuberger (then Master of the Rolls) at the Court of Appeal. In addition to observing and assisting with on-going appeals, she also worked with the Super-injunctions Committee, established by Lord Neuberger, which reported on the use of privacy injunctions in May 2011. Chloe took particular responsibility for drafting the Model Order for use in privacy injunction applications now attached to the Practice Guidance on Interim Non-Disclosure Orders [2012] 1 WLR 1003.

Career

Called

2010 Called to the bar

Education

LSE, LLB, 1st Class Hons - 2003-2006
The Rouse Prize for Information Technology Law, LSE - 2006
LPC, College of Law, Moorgate, Distinction - 2007
Middle Temple Anglo-American Scholar (Iowa) - 2011
Inner Temple Pegasus Scholar, USA (based with Davis Wright and Tremaine LLP in their New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles offices) - 2014

Qualifications

Qualified as a solicitor of England & Wales - September 2010
Bar Transfer Test, BPP - 2011

Areas of work

  • Pre-publication Advice
  • Media Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Defamation
  • Harassment
  • Privacy and Confidence
  • Copyright
  • Data Protection
  • Sports Law

Memberships

British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)

Featured Cases

Abbey v Gilligan

[2012] EWHC 3217 (QB) 20/11/2012

Shozab Abbas v Nawa-I-Jang (17 October 2013)

Unreported- Claim no. HQ13D02255 20/10/2013

OPO (a child by BHM his litigation friend) v MLA

[2014] EWCA Civ 1277 09/10/2014

Cases

Privacy and Confidence

Abbey v Gilligan

[2012] EWHC 3217 (QB) 20/11/2012

Human Rights

Abbey v Gilligan

[2012] EWHC 3217 (QB) 20/11/2012

Media Law

Abbey v Gilligan

[2012] EWHC 3217 (QB) 20/11/2012

Articles

News-Gathering and the Protection from Harassment Act

By Chloe Strong. 10 Apr 2014

Proximity to fame, privacy and copyright ownership

By Chloe Strong. 24 Jan 2013

Publications

The Law of Privacy and the Media 3rd Edition

OUP

By Chloe Strong. 22 Jan 2016

Gatley on Libel & Slander, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th editions

Sweet & Maxwell

By Chloe Strong. 31 Dec 2013

News

2 Nov 2017

“The pre-eminent set”: Chambers UK

5RB and members recommended for Defamation & Privacy and Data Protection in 2018 Chambers UK Bar Guide

19 May 2016

5RB at the London Legal Walk 2016

£2,157.19 raised for LLSU, FRU and the Bar Pro Bono Unit

22 Jan 2016

New edition of The Law of Privacy and the Media published

Read an extract on Privacy, the Internet and Social Media

17 Jan 2016

New Supplement to Gatley published

The First Supplement to the 12th edition of Gatley on Libel and Slander has been published by Sweet & Maxwell

4 Nov 2015

University of Sussex apologises to ex-student

Michael Segalov obtains £20,000 and apology following libel claim over allegations of criminal behaviour

22 Jul 2015

Judgment handed down in Coventry v Lawrence

Supreme Court declares pre-LASPO CFA regime compatible with the ECHR

5 May 2015

5RB Talks: Manchester

5RB's Jonathan Barnes, Richard Munden and Chloe Strong spoke

6 Feb 2015

Supreme Court hears costs appeal

Media Lawyers Association intervenes in case in which court will consider the compatibility of the pre-LASPO CFA regime with the ECHR

20 May 2014

5RB at the London Legal Walk

Chambers team raised £2341.25

15 May 2014

Line-dancing teacher receives apology from rival over libellous claims

Well-known line-dancing teacher Val Myers gets apology and costs from competitor Sandra Ong

7 Jan 2014

New edition of Gatley on Libel and Slander out now

12th Ed published in December 2013

24 Oct 2013

Costs in defamation and privacy proceedings

MoJ consultation open until 8 November 2013

19 Apr 2013

CJC report on defamation costs published

Report makes recommendations for costs protection in future defamation and privacy proceedings following changes to the CFA regime. Desmond Browne QC and Chloe Strong form part of the Working Group.

31 Oct 2012

5RB Sponsors National Pro Bono Centre

Chambers continues support for Pro Bono work as Bronze Sponsor