Samuel Rowe

Samuel Rowe

Sam joined 5RB in 2023 upon successful completion of third six pupillage.  He accepts instructions across all areas of Chambers’ practice, including defamation, privacy, data protection and information law, and harassment.

His recent work includes:

Sam also provides pre-publication advice to the Daily Mail and The Sunday Times and pre-publication and pre-broadcast advice to the BBC.

During pupillage, Sam’s supervisors were David Hirst and Victoria Simon-Shore.  Cases with which Sam assisted during pupillage included:

Sam is a member of the Middle Temple Hall Committee.

Prior to 5RB

Prior to joining 5RB, Sam was a researcher and co-author of the Independent Review of the Governance of Biometric Data (The Ryder Review), commissioned by the Ada Lovelace Institute, which focussed on the legal framework for the processing and governance of biometric data in England and Wales.  He also worked in the legal and policy team at a rapidly-growing digital identity company, advising on legal and policy issues, as well as representing the company to policymakers and lawmakers.

Sam’s Master’s thesis, undertaken at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, investigated the application of domestic communications offences to anti-vaccination disinformation.  During his legal studies, he sat on Index on Censorship’s Youth Board.

Scholarships and Awards

  • Queen Mother Scholarship (Middle Temple, awarded for the GDL and BPTC)
  • Blackstone Exhibition (Middle Temple)
  • GDL Scholarship (City, University of London)
  • BPTC Scholarship (City, University of London)


2021 Called to the Bar of England and Wales


City, University of London: Bar Professional Training Course
City, University of London: Graduate Diploma in Law
Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford: MSc Social Science of the Internet (Distinction)
University of East Anglia: BA American Literature with Creative Writing (Starred First)

Areas of work

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


Middle Temple

Featured cases

Davidoff & Ors v Hargrave

[2023] EWHC 1825 (KB) 21/07/2023

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