Yuli Takatsuki

Yuli Takatsuki

Yuli is an Associate Member of Chambers. She relocated to California in 2015 and is now Associate General Counsel, Privacy & Product at Facebook. She can be reached on her Chambers email at yulitakatsuki@5rb.com. 

At 5RB, Yuli specialised in all aspects of media and information law including defamation, privacy & confidence and data protection. Her clients included Channel Four, MGN Ltd, Associated Newspapers Ltd, Google UK, The Evening Standard, LexisNexis and The Spectator. She was listed as an up and coming defamation and privacy barrister in Chambers & Partners 2014 & 2015 and said to be “clever, incisive and a pleasure to work with…”, “highly experienced in acting for newspapers” and as having “tremendous ability and knowledge

Work at 5RB included:

  • Bewry v LexisNexis & Anor (July 2014) – representing successful appellants – LexisNexis and Reed Business Information – in the Court of Appeal (led by Justin Rushbrooke QC), in valuable appeal about the disapplication of the limitation period in an online defamation claim.
  • Hymanson v Google UK (May 2014) – representing Google UK in a data protection claim over Streetview images. Claim successfully struck out.
  • Assisting Trinity Mirror Group in the Leveson Inquiry.
  • Representing ISPs and website operators in court applications for the compelled disclosure of user data, including communications data and identities of anonymous online users.
  • Advising Channel 4 on data protection, data security and privacy compliance for video-on-demand platform, 4oD, and on EU cookies regulations and behavioural and targeted advertising in streamed programming.
  • KC v MGN Ltd (ongoing) – representing MGN Ltd, led by Desmond Browne QC, in the High Court and Court of Appeal in a libel claim about costs within the Offer of Amends regime.
  • Campbell v Telegraph Media Group (Jan 2013) – acting for Naomi Campbell in successful claim against the Telegraph over allegations that she organised an elephant polo match in India.
  • Assisting Channel 4 in successfully defending controversial film “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” in an Ofcom investigation.
  • Cooper v Associated Newspapers (Jun 2012) – representing the Daily Mail and Evening Standard in the first defamation jury trial in three years, brought by Luke Cooper. Led by Adrienne Page QC.
  • Viagogo v Channel 4 & Ors (Feb 2012) – representing Channel Four and Hardcash Productions in the High Court, successfully resisted a breach of confidence injunction to stop parts of a Dispatches film from being broadcast. Led by Adrienne Page QC.
  • Ferdinand v MGN Ltd (July 2011) – acting as Junior Counsel for MGN Ltd, the successful defendant in landmark privacy case brought by premiership footballer Rio Ferdinand. Led by Gavin Millar QC.
  • Fiddes v Channel 4 & Ors (2009-2010) – acting as Junior Counsel for Channel Four and Studio Lambert in long-running defamation claim brought by Matthew Fiddes over a documentary about the famous Jackson family.
  • Yuli has also appeared in the High Court in a number of successful strike-out, summary judgment, Norwich Pharmacal applications and damages assessments on behalf of both claimants and defendants.

She regularly provides pre-publication advice to Harper Collins, the British Medical Journal and was a night lawyer for The Sunday Times.

Before her pupillage, Yuli worked as a lawyer at Ofcom specialising in broadcasting regulation and breach of privacy cases.

Yuli was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship by the Inner Temple in 2012 and was selected to spend two months at leading media law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in New York and San Francisco.


2007 Called to the bar


Cambridge University, Social & Political Sciences (First Class Honours) - 2001 - 2004
GDL and Bar Examinations, BPP Law School - 2004 - 2006
Inner Temple, Pegasus Scholar - USA - 2012


California Bar Exams - Passed June 2015

Areas of work

Data Protection and Information Law
Defamation and Malicious Falsehood
General Common Law
Pre-publication Advice
Privacy and Confidence
Reporting the Courts and Contempt


“Peers and clients say she has tremendous ability and knowledge”

“A barrister with an intimidatingly large brain.” “She has a gentle manner with clients, but can be incredibly tough when she needs to be.”

Chambers & Partners 2015 (Media & Entertainment)

“She’s good on data protection, and has a very good legal mind.” “She’s excellent and extremely bright. She’s in high demand from those at the top end.” 

Chambers & Partners 2015 (Defamation & Privacy)

“She is highly experienced in acting for newspapers and regularly provides pre-publication advice.”

Legal 500 2014

“Clever, incisive and a pleasure to work with…”  

“She’s dedicated, very hard-working and client friendly.”

“She has been led in a number of important cases and has recently been assisting Trinity Mirror Group in its involvement with the Leveson Inquiry.” 

Chambers & Partners 2014

“Yuli’s hard work, attention to detail, commitment and sheer enthusiasm were first rate.”

Prash Naik, Controller of Legal & Compliance, Channel 4

“We have co-presented with Yuli at several key TV industry seminars.  Her understanding and grasp of complex issues surrounding privacy and the Ofcom codes is admirable.  She is approachable and friendly.”

Lisa Logan, Partner and Head of Media & Entertainment, Candey LLP



All cases

Defamation and Malicious Falsehood

Bewry v Reed Elsevier UK Ltd (CA)

[2014] EWCA Civ 1411; [2014] WLR (D) 474 30/10/2014

Jerrard v Blyth & Ors

[2014] EWHC 647 (QB) 30/03/2014

Reynolds v Bovey

LTL 16/6/2014 30/01/2014

KC v MGN Ltd (Costs)

[2013] EWCA Civ 3 22/01/2013

Cairns v Modi; KC v MGN Ltd

[2012] EWCA Civ 1382 31/10/2012

Fiddes v Channel Four Television Corporation & Ors (No 2) (CA)

[2010] EWCA Civ 730 29/06/2010

Privacy and Confidence

Viagogo Ltd v (1) Paul Myles (2) Hardcash Productions (3) Channel Four Corporation

[2012] EWHC 433 (Ch) 23/02/2012

Ferdinand v MGN Ltd

[2011] EWHC 2454 (QB) 29/09/2011

Injunctive Relief

Viagogo Ltd v (1) Paul Myles (2) Hardcash Productions (3) Channel Four Corporation

[2012] EWHC 433 (Ch) 23/02/2012



The Law of Privacy and the Media 3rd Edition

By Yuli Takatsuki. 22 Jan 2016

Media Law and Ethics in the 21st Century

Palgrave Macmillan
By Yuli Takatsuki. 30 May 2014

Blackstone's Guide to the Defamation Act 2013

Oxford University Press
By Yuli Takatsuki. 19 Sep 2013

Tugendhat & Christie: The Law of Privacy and the Media, Second Edition

Oxford University Press
By Yuli Takatsuki. 17 Mar 2011

In 5RB News

22 Jan 2016

New edition of The Law of Privacy and the Media published

Read an extract on Privacy, the Internet and Social Media

31 Oct 2014

5RB tops Chambers & Partners 2015

Set and 19 barristers recommended in UK Bar Guide

30 Oct 2014

Limitation appeal allowed

Court of Appeal rules that ignorance of 1-year limitation period usually irrelevant, overturns permission to sue LexisNexis for libel

19 Sep 2013

Blackstone’s Guide to the Defamation Act 2013 published

Guide to the new Act out now

31 Jan 2013

Naomi Campbell wins elephant cruelty libel claim

Daily Telegraph pays damages, costs and joins in Statement in Open Court

22 Jun 2012

First jury libel trial for 3 years

Jury awards libel damages to Luke Cooper

24 Feb 2012

Great Ticket Scandal injunction fails

High Court and Court of Appeal reject ticketing company last-minute bid

29 Sep 2011

Landmark media win in footballer privacy trial

Public interest defence succeeds in Rio Ferdinand ‘kiss n tell’

7 Jul 2011

Key Rio Ferdinand privacy decision expected October

Nicol J expected to hand down judgment next legal term

4 Jul 2011

Rio Ferdinand privacy trial begins

Nicol J to determine claim against the Sunday Mirror

17 Mar 2011

New edition of privacy book published

Second edition of Tugendhat & Christie: The Law of Privacy and the Media published

25 Nov 2010

Melanie Phillips apologises for libel

Writer and Spectator apologise to Mohammed Sawalha for alleging that he made anti-Semitic statement, pay damages and costs

28 Aug 2010

Spectator apologises for IslamExpo libel

Publisher and author apologise and pay damages and costs to Islamic exhibition company

21 Jun 2010

Fiddes v Channel 4 libel claim settles

Claimant discontinues claim over 'Jacksons Are Coming' documentary as trial about to commence

10 Jun 2010

Fiddes trial to go ahead without jury

Master of the Rolls rejects appeal over judge alone trial

9 Sep 2008

Yuli Takatsuki to join 5RB as new tenant from 1 October 2008

Andrew Monson and Iain Christie will become non-resident members of 5RB