Hope Williams

Hope Williams

Hope joined 5RB in 2021 and accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice. Her recent work includes:

  • Stoute v NGN: acting for the successful respondent in Stoute v NGN, the 2023 Court of Appeal privacy case concerning photographs taken by paparazzi on a public beach (led by Adam Wolanski KC).
  • Attorney General v BBC: acting for the BBC in the case brought by the Attorney General to injunct the disclosure of the identity of an MI5 covert human intelligence source (led by Lord Pannick KC and Adam Wolanski KC).
  • Phone Hacking Litigation: acting for Mirror Group Newspapers in claims brought by celebrities and other individuals concerning accusations of unlawful news-gathering activities, including voicemail interception and blagging (2022).
  • Inquiry into the Retirement of the Former Commissioner of Police (Gibraltar): Junior Counsel to the Inquiry (led by Julian Santos).

Hope provides pre-publication advice to The Sun newspaper. She also gives training on media law issues to lawyers and journalists.

During pupillage, Hope’s supervisors were Aidan Eardley KC, Alexandra Marzec, David Hirst and Kate Wilson. Cases which Hope assisted on during pupillage included:

  • HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Limited: strike out and summary judgment application in ongoing privacy and copyright claim (assisting Alex Marzec and Gervase de Wilde for D).
  • AG v Crosland: committal proceedings before Supreme Court concerning publication of embargoed judgment (assisting Aidan Eardley KC for the AG).
  • Mincione v Gedi Gruppo Editoriale Spa: jurisdiction challenge to libel claim (assisting Aidan Eardley KC for D).
  • Soriano v Forensic Group Limited: jurisdiction hearing on application of s9 Defamation Act 2013 (assisting Alex Marzec for D6).

Prior to 5RB

Prior to joining Chambers, Hope was a Research Assistant at the Law Commission of England and Wales. In Australia, she was the Researcher to the New South Wales Court of Appeal, Judicial Assistant to Acting Justices of Appeal Emmett and Sackville, and Head Paralegal at Allens Linklaters Sydney.

Hope holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons I) from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Law (Class I) from the University of Cambridge. Her thesis on contempt issues arising from true crime podcasts was published in the Media and Arts Law Review.

Awards and scholarships

  • WM Tapp Studentship in Law (Gonville & Caius, University of Cambridge)
  • Mills and Reeve Prize for Comparative Family Law (University of Cambridge)
  • Zoe Hall Scholarship (University of Sydney Law School)
  • Sir Dudley Williams Prize (University of Sydney Law School)
  • Rose Scott Prize (University of Sydney Law School)
  • Nancy Gordon Smith Prize (University of Sydney Law School)
  • Caroline Munro Gibbs Memorial Prize for Torts (University of Sydney Law School)



2021 Called to the Bar of England and Wales


University of Sydney: Bachelor of Arts (History); Bachelor of Laws (Hons I)
University of Cambridge: Master of Laws (Class I)
BPP University Law School, London: Bar Transfer Test


Admitted as a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales - 2018

Areas of work

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


Middle Temple

All cases

5RB Talks

5RB talks - Back to Basics - Contempt

12 Oct 2021
With Hope Williams & Chloe Strong