5RB tops 2023 Chambers UK Guide

Highlights for clerking, defamation, privacy and data protection

5RB has been recognised as the leading set in the 2023 Chambers UK Bar directory for the set’s expertise in defamation and privacy and related data protection matters.

“There is no better set for libel and privacy than 5RB. The chambers houses a deep bench of barristers who are noted for their expert handling of libel and privacy claims and related data protection matters, as well as emergency injunctions. Its members are instructed by claimants and defendants in the most prominent cases at all levels, including in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.”

Client service

Under the leadership of senior clerk Andrew Love, the clerking team received high praise:

  • By far the best team of clerks. A seamless operation – they take the time to understand a matter and are genuinely interested in the subject matter and clients.”
  • “The clerks at 5RB are unparalleled, nothing is too much to ask and they are very knowledgeable about the court and processes.”
  • “The clerks are very responsive, Georgina Gills, practice manager, and Antony Braeger, deputy senior clerk, in particular are very helpful.”

Defamation and Privacy

“Members continue to be instructed in the most high-profile cases in the market, with recent examples including ZXC v Bloomberg. They have defended media outlets including The Times, The Sun and the BBC, and have acted to protect the reputation and privacy of numerous high-profile individuals such as the Duchess of Sussex and Johnny Depp.”

29 members of chambers are ranked in Defamation and Privacy demonstrating our breadth of talent.

Data Protection

With 11 members of 5RB ranked in Data Protection, our “barristers are capable of handling a range of complex cases brought under the Data Protection Act. The team offers substantial expertise in matters arising out of mass data breaches and also has experience advising on freedom of information requests. It is perhaps the strongest set in the market for claims brought against the media under both data protection and defamation law, as demonstrated by recent instructions for the Duchess of Sussex, and government departments, in highly publicised cases. The barristers’ varied client base encompasses media organisations, leading technology companies and high-profile individuals.”