Clara Hamer

Clara Hamer

Clara specialises in all areas of media, communications and information law.

She is listed as a Leading Junior in the Legal 500 for Defamation & Privacy and is a Ranked Junior in Chambers and Partners for both Defamation/Privacy and Data Protection.

RECENT WORK

Privacy/Confidence/Data Protection

  • ZXC v Bloomberg LP [2019] EWHC 970 (QB): for Bloomberg in trial of privacy/confidence and data protection claim over an article about a fraud, bribery and corruption investigation into the claimant at a time when he had not been charged with any offence (led by Gavin Millar QC);
  • XKF v BBC [2018] EWHC 1560 (QB): for the BBC in interim privacy injunction to restrain Panorama from revealing the claimant’s spent convictions (led by Andrew Caldecott QC);
  • Miah v BBC [2018] EWHC 206 (QB), [2018] EWHC 1054 (QB): for the BBC in libel, privacy, and data protection claim (led by Catrin Evans QC);
  • Dyer v News Group Newspapers Ltd: for the Sun in privacy and data protection claim brought by Danny Dyer;
  • Demouh v Times Newspapers Ltd: for the Sunday Times in privacy and data protection claim over an article about benefit cuts (led by Catrin Evans QC);
  • Kutcher v Associated Newspapers Ltd: for Wyatt Kutcher in application to approve child settlement agreement in privacy and data protection claim;
  • Silverman v Renegade Pictures Ltd: for Warner Brothers television production company in Article 8 ECHR and trespass claim arising from the filming of an arrest;
  • Doyen Global Ltd v Times Newspapers Ltd [2016] EWHC 3642 (QB): for the Sunday Times in privacy injunction (led by Catrin Evans QC);
  • Roberts v Channel 4 Television Corp: for Channel 4 in application for pre-action disclosure in breach of confidence and copyright claim;
  • For the claimant in data protection Subject Access Request claim and FOIA case to access archival material relating to the late Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

Defamation

  • Depp v News Group Newspapers Ltd: for the Sun in libel claim brought by Johnny Depp (led by Adam Wolanski QC);
  • Caine v Advertiser and Times Ltd [2019] EWHC 39 (QB): for the defendant newspaper and its directors in libel and malicious falsehood claims;
  • Brown v Bower; Faber & Faber: for historian Tom Bower and Faber & Faber publisher in libel claim brought by Nick Brown MP (led by Andrew Caldecott QC);
  • Homer v Hollingsworth: for the claimant in a slander action;
  • Miah v BBC [2018] EWHC 206 (QB), [2018] EWHC 1054 (QB): for the BBC in libel, privacy, and data protection claim (led by Catrin Evans QC);
  • Kozbar v Telegraph Media Group Ltd [2017] 12 WLUK 232: for the Telegraph in preliminary determination of meaning (led by David Price QC);
  • May v Times Newspapers Ltd; News UK and Ireland Ltd: for the Sunday Times in summary judgment / strike out application of libel claim;
  • Wild v Valentine: harassment injunction to restrain defamatory online statements;
  • Ryanair v Channel 4 Television Corp: for Channel 4 working on disclosure and journalistic source protection issues in libel claim in the Republic of Ireland;
  • Rowland v Mitchell: work on ‘Plebgate’ case for the claimant police officer against Andrew Mitchell MP (led by Desmond Browne QC and Catrin Evans).

Reporting the Courts/Open Justice

  • For the Sun in application for media access and reporting in family court non-molestation order proceedings;
  • R (Learndirect Ltd) v OFSTED: for education magazine in application to lift reporting restrictions and injunction in judicial review proceedings;
  • Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: for the BBC in application to lift reporting restrictions in public inquiry;
  • Times Newspapers Ltd v Newman: for the Sunday Times (Ireland) in application for media access to bankruptcy court file.

PUBLICATIONS & SEMINARS

SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS

  • Inns of Court Pegasus Scholarship to the United States (2015)
  • Winner, Inner Temple Lawson Moot (2013)
  • Inner Temple Major Scholarship (2012)
  • University of Cambridge Reddaway Scholarship; Burton Prize; and Fitzwilliam College Foundation Essay Prize (2009)

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Pre-publication advice to the Sun and the Mail on Sunday;
  • On-set legal adviser to Denial, a BAFTA-nominated film about the Holocaust denial libel case of David Irving v Professor Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books Ltd [2000] All ER (D) 523;
  • Prior to coming to the Bar, Clara worked as an editorial intern at a leading publisher of political and current affairs books, and as a copy-editor.

Called

2013 Called to the bar

Education

University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College), MA (Cantab) Social and Political Sciences
City University London, GDL (commendation) & BPTC (outstanding)

Areas of work

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

Testimonials

An extremely competent junior who is a pleasure to deal with. She has an excellent grasp of the detail of a case.” “She is very clever and has good judgement.” Chambers & Partners 2019 (Defamation/Privacy)

She’s very sharp-witted, her technical knowledge is excellent and she has a good eye for detail. In court she is fearless and really stands up for herself.” Chambers & Partners 2019 (Data Protection)

Exceptionally talented barrister: very bright; has excellent judgement and is a great team player.” Legal 500 2019 (Defamation/Privacy)

Her work is thorough, well-argued and she has a strong, all-round knowledge of media law.” Chambers & Partners 2018 (Defamation/Privacy)

Publications

Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt

Sweet & Maxwell
By Clara Hamer. 1 Dec 2005

In 5RB News

18 Jun 2019

5RB at the London Legal Walk 2019

11 Oct 2018

Joint statement in Brown v Bower

Parties issue press statement in libel proceedings brought by Nick Brown MP against Tom Bower and Faber and Faber

27 Nov 2014

‘Plebgate’ Judgment

Mitting J: Mitchell said words alleged or similar

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