5RB Arrivals and Departures

Aled Jones joins 5RB; Justin Rushbrooke QC becomes new Joint Head of Chambers following appointment of Mr Justice Nicklin to the High Court

5RB are delighted to welcome Aled Jones as a tenant following the successful completion of his pupillage.

During his pupillage Aled was supervised by Jacob Dean, Adam Wolanski, David Hirst and Christina Michalos. He assisted in a number of cases including Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman v ARY Network Ltd (libel and harassment), Norman v Norman (reporting restrictions in family proceedings) and Various Claimants v MGN (voicemail interception). Prior to joining Chambers, Aled worked in politics. Aled’s full profile can be found here.

Joint Head of Chambers Desmond Browne QC said: “At a time when the junior Bar is ever shrinking in size, it is a relief to find that there are still young people of as much ability as Aled joining our ranks. He has impressed all of us in chambers during his pupillage, and I have no doubt that our clients will soon be equally impressed.”


5RB also congratulate former Joint Head of Chambers Matthew Nicklin QC on his appointment to the High Court Bench. Mr Justice Nicklin joins his fellow former member of 5RB Mr Justice Warby as a judge of the Queen’s Bench Division. He will be sworn in on at 1.30pm on 17 October 2017 in Court 4, the Lord Chief Justice’s Court.

Mr Justice Nicklin was called to the Bar in 1993 by Lincoln’s Inn, and joined Chambers in 1996. He was appointed a recorder in 2009, and took silk in 2013. He had been Joint Head of Chambers since 2014. He was a member of the Bar Standards Board from 2008-2013, was made a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2015 and was authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2017. At the Bar he had a mixed practice of both claimant and defendant media law work, having appeared in a number of key cases including: OPO v MLA, Cruddas v Calvert, Ajinomoto Sweeteners v Asda, Fiddes v Channel 4, Armstrong v Times Newspapers, Berezovsky v Russian State Television, Curistan v Times and Wakefield v Channel 4. He also recently acted for the UCATT claimants in group actions arising from covert blacklisting of workers, and for Mirror Group Newspapers in the phone-hacking litigation.

5RB’s Joint Head of Chambers Desmond Browne QC said: “All those who know 5RB will realise the sadness with which we say  farewell to such an admired colleague. To have lost one joint-head of chambers to the High Court Bench looks like a misfortune. To lose two looks more like a tribute to the quality of Chambers’ members.”


5RB are pleased to announce that following Mr Justice Nicklin’s appointment to the High Court bench, Justin Rushbrooke QC has become Joint Head of Chambers. He joins Desmond Browne QC who continues in the role.