5RB the ‘pre-eminent media set’ in Legal 500

Chambers and members recommended for Defamation & Privacy, Data Protection, and Media and Entertainment work in legal directory

Legal directory The Legal 500’s edition for 2018 has the following praise for Chambers:

5RB is a ‘go-to’ media law set ‘with great depth’ and is ‘unsurpassable’5RB’s members are ‘superb’, ‘switched on’ and ‘first-class’ barristers who ‘lead the way’ in defamation, privacy and data protection cases.  Legal 500 quotes solicitors saying of 5RB that it is ‘without doubt the pre-eminent media set’, houses ‘a barrister for every issue, who will be at the top of their game’ and is ‘the first port of call for publication proceedings and pre-publication advice’.

Andrew Love, Senior Clerk, is ‘reassuring’, a ‘great team leader’ and ‘understands the matters at hand very quickly – almost better than if you were explaining it to another solicitor – and is immediately able to suggest the right barrister or course of action’5RB’s clerks’ room provides a ‘second-to-none’ service thanks to ‘some of the best clerks in London’.  Jamie Clack ‘could not be more helpful or responsive’ and Antony Braeger is a ‘standout’ practice manager.

Defamation and privacy – Leading sets – ranked: tier 1

The ‘outstanding’ 5RB is the ‘go-to set for media-related matters’. Desmond Browne QC, Adrienne Page QC and David Sherborne are among a ‘huge array’ of barristers who are ‘highly knowledgeable and without exception offer a very high standard of advice’. Members of chambers have been involved in several notable cases over the past year, including Nick Brown v (1) Tom Bower & (2) Faber & Faber Limited, Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd, and Sir Cliff Richard v BBC & Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, where Justin Rushbrooke QC and Godwin Busuttil successfully acted for the claimant.  James Price QC, Alexandra Marzec, Jonathan Barnes, Adam Wolanski, William Bennett, Jacob Dean, Adam Speker, Richard Munden, David Hirst, Victoria Simon-Shore, Victoria Jolliffe, Felicity McMahon, Chloe Strong, Gervaise de Wilde, Julian Santos and Greg Callus are also recommended in the fields of defamation and privacy.

Data protection – Leading sets – ranked: tier 2

5RB is highlighted by one client as ‘the go-to set for data protection and privacy matters’. The set boasts particular expertise in defamation and privacy being applied in a data protection context, with its members instructed in high-profile right to be forgotten matters. Justin Rushbrooke QC and Richard Munden acted in the Court of Appeal matter Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco v Elaph Publishing Ltd involving the interplay of defamation and data privacy issues.  Jonathan Barnes, Jacob Dean and Richard Munden are recommended individuals for data protection matters.

Media and entertainment – Leading sets – ranked: tier 3

5RB is highly experienced in defamation, libel and privacy matters, with one client describing the set as being ‘unsurpassed for media law’. The specialist media and communications set frequently acts in contractual disputes and intellectual property matters. It is also highlighted for being ‘willing to explore different fee arrangements’Desmond Browne QC, David Sherborne, Christina Michalos, Jacob Dean and Chloe Strong are listed as leading practitioners in media and entertainment law.

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