Ben Hamer


Ben commenced practice in 2018 upon completion of his 12-month pupillage. His supervisors were Adam Wolanski QC, Jonathan Barnes, Richard Munden and Adam Speker.

During pupillage, cases with which Ben assisted included:

  • NT1/NT2 v Google: the first ‘right to be forgotten’ case in England & Wales
  • Monir v Wood: a week-long Twitter libel trial
  • Zarb-Cousin v ABB: preliminary issue of meaning and serious harm in a defamatory broadcast
  • Reid v Price: interim injunction in privacy and confidence

Ben was called to the Bar in 2017 at Lincoln’s Inn, where he was a Lord Bowen and Lord Denning scholar.

In 2017, Ben was presented with the Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize, run in conjunction with the Daily Telegraph, for his writing on free speech, social media and ‘fake news’. As an undergraduate, he edited Palatinate, where he won the Hunter Davies Prize for Student Journalism.

Ben advises on all Chambers’ areas of practice, including privacy, harassment, defamation and data protection. He provides pre-publication advice to The Times and The Sunday Times.

Scholarships and Awards

Hubert Greenland Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
Lord Bowen Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn)
Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)
Advocacy Scholarship (University of Law, Bloomsbury)
Law First Scholarship (University of Law, Moorgate)
5 Paper Buildings Prize for Cross-Examination (University of Law, Bloomsbury)
Resolution of Disputes Out of Court Prize (University of Law, Bloomsbury)
Judicial Review Prize (University of Law, Bloomsbury)
Maltby Exhibition (best dissertation)
How Prize (top First in Finals)
Maltby Prize (best mark in year)



2017 Called to the bar


University of Law, Bloomsbury (BPTC: Outstanding)
University of Law, Moorgate (GDL: Distinction)
University of Oxford (MSt)
University of Durham (BA (Hons): First Class)

Areas of work

  • Privacy and Confidence
  • Harassment
  • Defamation
  • Data Protection
  • Pre-publication Advice
  • Malicious Falsehood
  • Media Law
  • Publishing
  • Reporting the Courts
  • Copyright
  • Human Rights
  • Injunctive Relief


4 Oct 2018

Ben Hamer joins 5RB

Chambers welcomes new tenant and new pupil

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