John Stables

John Stables

John joined 5RB in October 2015 after completion of pupillage at chambers. During pupillage he was involved with his four supervisors and others in a range of 5RB’s work. Cases with which John assisted included:

Mitchell v News Group Newspapers – the ‘Gate-gate’ libel trial of Andrew Mitchell MP’s claim against the Sun newspaper
Prince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdullah Al Alaoui of Morocco v Elaph Publishing Ltd – libel action by His Highness Prince Moulay against an online Arabic language publisher
Rufus v Elliott – libel claim between former footballers and business partners
Gulati & others v MGN Limited – trial of quantum for awards in misuse of private information by eight claimants against the Mirror titles
AG v Condé Nast – contempt proceedings brought against the publisher of GQ magazine
Tardios v Linton – libel action by proprietor of private school against online defamatory statements
The spectrum of work John undertook in pupillage was very broad, covering many areas: defamation; privacy; data protection; copyright; Freedom of Information; reporting the courts; contempt of court; and others.

Before retraining as a barrister John spent over 25 years working in media regulation across broadcast and non-broadcast media, most recently at Ofcom. His experience in the sectoral regulation of both editorial material and advertising, in both broadcast and non-broadcast media, is extensive, indeed probably uniquely so.

John’s regulatory experience includes such areas as: editorial content (offence; harm; accuracy in news; impartiality; fairness and privacy); editorial commercial content (product placement; sponsorship; undue prominence); advertising content (broadcast and non-broadcast); broadcast licensing; and sanctions against broadcasters.


John’s practice draws on this expertise. Together with the core areas of media law work – defamation, privacy, data protection, harassment, copyright etc – he advises on all aspects of media content, both in relation to the law and the applicable codes.

John does both defendant and claimant work and offers pre-publication advice in all media.



2014 Called to the bar


Bar Professional Training Course LLB, Birkbeck College, University of London – 1st class


Wildys Prize for Legal Method Birkbeck College, University of London
Diplock Scholarship Middle Temple

Areas of work

Defamation and Malicious Falsehood
Data Protection and Information Law
Privacy and Confidence
Injunctive Relief
Pre-publication Advice


Middle Temple

All cases

Reporting the Courts and Contempt

HRH Prince Louis of Luxembourg v HRH Princess Tessy of Luxembourg & anor

[2017] EWHC 3095 (Fam) 05/12/2017

In 5RB News

20 Sep 2017

Middle Temple Visit to Washington DC

3 Members of 5RB speak on Media Law

24 Sep 2015

5RB welcomes John Stables

New tenant from 1 October 2015