Gervase joined 5RB in October 2013 following the completion of his pupillage in Chambers. He converted to the law after working as a national newspaper journalist. His work since becoming a member of Chambers has included acting for and advising media businesses, including newspapers and broadcasters, public authorities, trades unions, private individuals, and companies in relation to a wide range of issues, including defamation, privacy, harassment and court reporting.
Notable instructions include: acting for the successful claimant at trial in the County Court and on appeal in the High Court (Basuta v Dhemrait  EWHC 1126 (QB)) in a malicious prosecution claim; acting for the claimant (led by Jonathan Barnes) in a landmark case on s4 of the Defamation Act 2013, Economou v de Freitas  EWHC 1853 (QB); acting for the successful defendant (led by Justin Rushbrooke QC) in Lokhova v Tymula  EWHC 225 (QB); striking out a libel and harassment claim arising from a dispute over the running of a Trust; obtaining a High Court injunction against the publisher of harassing websites (Rada-Ortiz v Espinosa-Vadillo  EWHC 2175 (QB)); obtaining a High Court injunction to prevent harassment on social media, and a highly unusual associated order for service via the same platform; achieving the de-listing of defamatory search results by means of a claim brought under the “Right to be Forgotten”; and obtaining Norwich Pharmacal orders in relation to defamatory reviews on search engines.
Gervase also advises and acts for newspapers and other media organisations in relation to reporting restrictions, work which has seen him appear as sole counsel in a wide range of courts and tribunals, including the Court of Appeal, the Court Martial Appeal Court (in R v Alexander Blackman), the Crown Court (including the Old Bailey), the High Court (Queen’s Bench, Chancery and Family Divisions), and the Employment Tribunal.
In 2017 his reporting restrictions work included appearing: on behalf of various media organisations on a successful application to identify the then 15-year-old defendants in R v Markham and Edwards following their conviction (a decision upheld by the Court of Appeal in R v Markham (Stan Lucas)  EWCA Crim 739;  2 Cr App R (S) 30); on behalf of the Financial Times on the hand-down of judgment in Director of the Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corp Ltd  EWHC 1017 (QB);  Lloyd’s Rep FC 330; and in R v Jemma Beale  EWCA 1012 (Crim) (led by Adam Wolanski), an appeal on the anonymity of a complainant of sexual offences who was later prosecuted for perjury.
Gervase provides pre-publication advice to newspapers the Daily Mail, Metro, The Observer and The Guardian, and to the broadcaster ITN. He also advises Harper Collins, Bloomsbury and others on book publication. He writes about and has taught media law, has written extensively for the Inforrm media law blog, and is a contributor to the third edition of Tugendhat & Christie on The Law of Privacy and the Media (chapters on Copyright, and on the Internet and Social Media).
Before retraining as a barrister, Gervase worked as a writer and editor. His experience during this time included four years as a staff journalist on the Arts Desk at The Daily Telegraph. While at the Telegraph, he wrote reviews, features and opinion pieces for the newspaper, was responsible for the Culture section of the paper’s website, and worked regularly in the news room. He has also been a freelance writer and contributing editor on music and the arts for newspapers and magazines nationally and internationally.
French, Italian (reading)
Scholarships and Awards
Douglas Jerrold Scholarship (Christ Church)
Lord Bowen Scholarship
Hardwicke Entrance Award
Lord Denning Scholarship