Luke Browne

Luke Browne

Luke joined 5RB in 2020. He accepts instructions across all areas of Chambers’ work, including defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection. His recent work includes:

Luke is listed as a rising star in defamation and privacy in the Legal 500 2024 and as Up and Coming in Chambers and Partners 2024 (defamation/privacy).

In 2021 Luke spent eight months on secondment with the BBC Litigation Department. He provides pre-publication advice to The Times and The Sunday Times. 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, and has provided training on media law issues to lawyers and journalists.

During pupillage, Luke’s supervisors were Adam Speker KC, Aidan Eardley KC, 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


He appears experienced beyond his year of call. He is technically excellent and when working with him he is proactive and goes above and beyond.” Legal 500 2024 (Defamation/Privacy)

He is a great communicator and his attention to detail is impressive.” Chambers and Partners 2024 (Defamation/Privacy)

Luke has an encyclopedic knowledge of case law and is very commercial, being able to foresee where a case is going to go.” Chambers and Partners 2024 (Defamation/Privacy)

Luke is down to earth and has a good focus on the outcome of a case.” Chambers and Partners 2024 (Defamation/Privacy)



French (reasonable)


Middle Temple

Featured cases

Wan-Bissaka & Anor v Bentley

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

All cases

Privacy and Confidence

Baroness Lawrence & Ors v Associated Newspapers Ltd

[2023] EWHC 2789 (KB) 10/11/2023

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