Ben Hamer

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 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.

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.

Ben is security cleared to SC level.

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
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

Reporting the Courts and Contempt

Dimitri Rozanov v EFG Private Bank Limited

2208031/2017 03/01/2020

In 5RB News

18 Jun 2019

5RB at the London Legal Walk 2019

4 Oct 2018

Ben Hamer joins 5RB

Chambers welcomes new tenant and new pupil