Luke Browne

Luke Browne

Luke joined 5RB in 2020 upon successful completion of pupillage. He accepts instructions across all areas of Chambers’ work, including defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection. His recent work includes acting for the BBC in R. (on the application of Yar) v Secretary of State for Defence, and for the claimants (led by Adam Speker KC) in Wan-Bissaka & Anor v Bentley.

In 2021 Luke spent eight months on secondment with the BBC Litigation Department. He currently provides pre-publication advice to The TimesThe Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. He is the current statutes, rules and damages awards author for Gatley on Libel and Slander (13th ed., 2022), the leading practitioners’ text on defamation law and practice.

During pupillage, Luke’s supervisors were Adam Speker KC, Aidan Eardley, Kate Wilson and Jonathan Scherbel-Ball. Cases with which Luke assisted during pupillage include:

Luke was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple, where he was a Queen Mother Scholar. In 2020, he was called to the Bar of Ireland by the Chief Justice. He previously worked at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN in New York, the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade of Ireland, and the International Rescue Committee, advising on human rights, conflict, humanitarian and UN issues.

Scholarships and Awards

  • Queen Mother Scholarship (Middle Temple)
  • Blackstone Entrance Exhibition (Middle Temple)
  • Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarship (University of Cambridge)
  • Julian Prize (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Entrance Exhibition Prize (Trinity College Dublin)


2017 Called to the Bar of England and Wales
2020 Called to the Bar of Ireland


BPP University of Law, London: BPTC
University of Cambridge: MPhil. Politics
Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po): International Diploma
Trinity College Dublin: LLB. Law

Areas of work

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




Middle Temple

All cases

Privacy and Confidence

Wan-Bissaka & Anor v Bentley

[2020] EWHC 3640 (QB) 22/01/2021


Wan-Bissaka & Anor v Bentley

[2020] EWHC 3640 (QB) 22/01/2021

Injunctive Relief

Wan-Bissaka & Anor v Bentley

[2020] EWHC 3640 (QB) 22/01/2021

5RB Talks

5RB Back to Basics talk - Misuse of Private Information

1 Sep 2021
With Luke Browne & Julian Santos


Gatley on Libel and Slander 13th edition

Thomson Reuters (Sweet & Maxwell)
By Luke Browne. 20 Jul 2022

In 5RB News

29 May 2022

New Gatley published

Gatley 13th edition now available

28 Sep 2020

5RB announces new tenant

Luke Browne joins 5RB from October 1, 2020