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Contacting 5RB during the Covid-19 lockdown

Although 5RB‘s premises are closed during the lockdown, chambers continues in full operation remotely. Please assist us by sending documents and instructions electronically. If hard copies are required, please liaise with the clerking team to… Read More »

News from the Clerks’ Room

Following Jamie Clack’s recent departure, we are pleased to announce that Antony Braeger has been promoted to the role of Deputy Senior Clerk. Additionally, Georgina Gills and Sam Dempsey have both joined the team as… Read More »

Academic awarded £70,000 in damages over blog

Mr Justice Saini awarded substantial libel and harassment damages following the judgment handed down this morning in Blackledge v Person(s) Unknown. The claimant, a senior academic, was the victim of a campaign of online abuse in the form… Read More »

Judgment in Lachaux

Over seven years on since the first publication of the offending articles in The Independent, i and the Evening Standard, Bruno Lachaux has won his long-running claim for libel against the newspapers’ publishers. He has… Read More »

Jonathan Barnes formally appointed QC

15 March 2021 Jonathan Barnes – along with the other 2021 silks – has this morning (15 March 2021) received his letters patent by email from the Crown Office. He is now therefore officially designated… Read More »

Lachaux s.4 trial heard remotely

The trial of liability in the long-running libel case of Lachaux v Evening Standard Ltd & Independent Print Ltd started on 22 February 2021 and is due to conclude on 1 March. It was heard… Read More »

Barrister of the week: William Bennett QC

William Bennett has been named by The Lawyer as its “Barrister of the Week”.  The magazine published an article about his work which featured his recent involvement in the Duke of Sussex’s libel claim against… Read More »

Duke of Sussex libel settlement

A statement in open court has been read on behalf of the Duke of Sussex, thereby concluding his claim for libel against Associated Newspapers Limited. On 25 October 2020 the Mail on Sunday published the… Read More »