Ben Hamer

Ben Hamer
Ben joined 5RB in 2018. He specialises in privacy, defamation and data protection law, acting for both claimants and defendants. Examples of Ben’s recent work include:
  • Acting for the successful claimant in Blackledge v Person(s) Unknown where libel and harassment damages of £70,000 were awarded against the Defendant. This was the first case where a section 13 order has been made against Google (the operator of the defamatory blog) to remove a site.
  • Acting for actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard in a privacy claim against the Mail Online in Bell Shepard v Associated Newspapers (led by Greg Callus).
  • Acting for Coleen Rooney in the ongoing Rebekah Vardy v Coleen Rooney libel action (led by David Sherborne).
  • Acting for the Claimants in the ongoing phone hacking litigation against The Sun and former News of the World relating to a large number of claims from celebrities and others in respect of phone hacking and other unlawful activities.
  • Advising the successful claimant in the first privacy injunction of a British Overseas Territory.
  • Instructed by the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in the ongoing Undercover Policing Inquiry, chaired by Sir John Mitting.
  • Advising and successfully resisting a data protection appeal in the First-Tier Tribunal on behalf of a non-departmental public body.
Ben provides pre-publication advice to various publications such as The Times and The Sunday Times as well as HarperCollins and Bloomsbury publishers. He is security cleared to SC level.

Ben began as a tenant at 5RB after successful completion of pupillage at Chambers. His supervisors were Adam Wolanski QC, Jonathan Barnes QC, Richard Munden and Adam Speker QC.

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.

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 of England and Wales


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
Defamation and Malicious Falsehood
Data Protection and Information Law
Pre-publication Advice
Reporting the Courts and Contempt
Human Rights
Injunctive Relief


Member of the Bar Representation Committee of Lincoln's Inn
Joint Chair of the Junior Members' Committee of Lincoln's Inn

All cases

Defamation and Malicious Falsehood

Blackledge v Persons Unknown

[2021] EWHC 1994 (QB) 15/07/2021

Rebekah Vardy v Coleen Rooney

[2021] EWHC 1888 (QB) 07/07/2021

Soriano v Silverstein

[2021] EWHC 873 (QB) 13/04/2021

Soriano v Forensic News & ors

[2021] EWHC 56 (QB) 15/01/2021

Privacy and Confidence

Johnson v Eastlight Community Homes

[2021] EWHC 3069 (QB) 16/11/2021

Soriano v Forensic News & ors

[2021] EWHC 56 (QB) 15/01/2021


Blackledge v Persons Unknown

[2021] EWHC 1994 (QB) 15/07/2021

Reporting the Courts and Contempt

Dimitri Rozanov v EFG Private Bank Limited

2208031/2017 03/01/2020

Data Protection and Information Law

Johnson v Eastlight Community Homes

[2021] EWHC 3069 (QB) 16/11/2021

Blackledge v Persons Unknown

[2021] EWHC 1994 (QB) 15/07/2021

5RB Talks

5RB talks - Back to Basics - Introduction to GDPR

1 Oct 2021
With Ben Hamer & Chloe Strong

In 5RB News

21 Dec 2021

Landmark GDPR appeal allowed in Soriano v Forensic News LLC & ors

The Claimant’s GDPR cross-appeal is allowed and the Defendants’ libel appeal is dismissed by the Court of Appeal

16 Nov 2021

Lloyd v Google Supreme Court decision

5RB barristers review key takeaways from the judgment in this short 5RB talk

13 Oct 2021

Statement in Open Court in Bell Shepard v Associated Newspapers Limited

Mail Online settles privacy claim over photograph of the daughter of Hollywood actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard

15 Jul 2021

Academic awarded £70,000 in damages over blog

7 Jul 2021

Rebekah Vardy’s summary judgment application fails

18 Jun 2021

Hearing in Rebekah Vardy v Coleen Rooney

21 Nov 2020

Meaning of Coleen Rooney’s social media posts determined in Vardy v Rooney libel case

The meaning of Instagram and Twitter posts by Coleen Rooney decided by High Court

18 Jun 2019

5RB at the London Legal Walk 2019

4 Oct 2018

Ben Hamer joins 5RB

Chambers welcomes new tenant and new pupil