Chloe Strong


Since joining 5RB Chloe has advised across the board of Chambers’ specialities. She has appeared before the County Courts and the High Court:

  • On successful applications for Norwich Pharmacal relief against ISPs and website operators to obtain the details of anonymous posters of defamatory material
  • For strike out/summary judgment applications in defamation and harassment claims
  • For harassment injunction proceedings
  • At CMCs and damages assessment hearings in defamation actions
  • As a junior in the privacy trial Abbey v Gilligan [2013] E.M.L.R. 12

In addition to her court work Chloe regularly provides pre-publication advice to national newspapers, broadcasters and publishers including the BBCThe Times, The Sunday Times and Harper-Collins, and also acts as a locum lawyer to the Times Newspapers’ Legal Department from time to time.

She has recently given talks on the new Defamation Act.

As a pupil Chloe worked on several key High Court libel and privacy trials, including AAA v Associated Newspapers [2013]  E.M.L.R. 2, Joseph v Spiller [2012] EWHC 2958 (QB) and Trimingham v Associated Newspapers [2012] 4 ALL E.R. 717.

Consultation work

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 the subject.

Books and publications

  • Currently working on contributions to the 3rd Edition of the leading text on privacy law: The Law of Privacy and the Media, Tugendhat and Christie, OUP (expected late 2014)
  • Editor of the media and entertainment law section of the Law Brief Update from 2013-14, a monthly legal newsletter sent to over 10,000 subscribers

Before joining 5RB

Chloe qualified as a solicitor at Linklaters LLP in 2008-10, where she trained as a corporate and commercial 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, during which time she:

  • Assisted with a number of key privacy cases including JIH v NGN [2011] 1 W.L.R. 1645 (leading CA authority on anonymity in privacy actions), Hutcheson v NGN [2012] 1 W.L.R. 782 and Ntuli v Donald [2011] 1 W.L.R. 294.
  • Contributed to the work of the Superinjunctions Committee, chaired by Lord Neuberger, which reported in May 2011. She took particular responsibility for drafting the precedent model-order and explanatory notes that are now included within the Practice Guidance issued for obtaining Interim Non-Disclosure Orders (privacy injunctions).
  • Worked alongside Tugendhat J to produce evidence for submission to the Parliamentary Committee reviewing the then draft Defamation Bill.




2010 Called to the bar


Woodford County High School for Girls
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 - 2011
Inner Temple Pegasus Scholar, USA - 2014


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


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


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


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

Sweet & Maxwell

By Chloe Strong. 31 Dec 2013


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


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