5RB tops 2020 Chambers UK Guide

Excellence in defamation, privacy and data protection and client service

The 2020 Chambers UK Bar guide recognises 5RB’s expertise in defamation, privacy and data protection “with observers concurring that it is ‘the leading set for media law matters where privacy and reputation are in play.’

Client service

“The clerking service is absolutely first rate.” “5RB’s clerks are very helpful and handy, and they’re knowledgeable about who’s available at what time.” Andrew Love is the senior clerk.  “They’re always friendly, and happy to find a solution to any urgent issue.” “They’ve got exceptional client service, they always get back to us quickly and they find us suitable barristers.” “Senior clerk Andrew Love is just fantastic: efficient, friendly, sensible and personable.”

Defamation and Privacy

“Its members act for claimants and defendants including major publishers, broadcasters and newspapers, as well as many high-profile individuals and companies, and can offer expertise in matters relating to libel, harassment, breach of confidence and misuse of private information. Its already impressive bench was further enhanced in recent months by the addition of seven new barristers from a former rival. Members have been centrally involved in the leading case on the interpretation of the ‘serious harm’ requirement in the Defamation Act, as well as successfully representing Sir Cliff Richard in his privacy action against the BBC.”

Data Protection

“Leveraging its long-standing strength in the areas of defamation and privacy law, 5RB is well equipped to take on disputes relating to the misuse of personal information and other actions brought under the DPA to restrict the activities of the media. Clients of the chambers typically include public authorities, well-known publishers and broadcasters, and individual freedom of information applicants. Members of 5RB recently acted in the high-profile case of Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, relating to the defendant’s public disclosure of the fact that the claimant was under police investigation, where Sir Cliff brought claims under both privacy and data protection. The chambers receives substantial reinforcements this year, in the form of the leading silk Andrew Caldecott QC, together with a cadre of talented juniors from One Brick Court. Instructing solicitors agree that “5RB is the leading set for information law matters where privacy and reputation are in play.””