5RB ‘dominates the field’ in Legal 500

Chambers and members recommended for Defamation & Privacy, Data Protection, and Media and Entertainment work in legal directory

Legal directory The Legal 500’s edition for 2017 has the following praise for Chambers:

5RB is ‘a forward-thinking set’ that ‘solicitors would go to first every time for media law.’ Chambers ‘just dominates the defamation and privacy field’ through its ‘second-to-none service’ and ‘unrivalled knowledge and experience’. It is also ‘the go-to chambers for reputation work’ and is increasing its profile in the data protection space. ‘Projecting a modern image’, ‘all counsel are extremely knowledgeable and approachable, working well as a team with solicitors and clients’.

Senior clerk Andrew Loveensures that the standard of the whole set is excellent’. He is ‘personable, helpful, pragmatic and easy to get on with’, and rated by some as being ‘among the best clerks’. ‘Very smart, decisive and highly responsive’ deputy senior clerk Jamie Clackgrasps the outline of a brief very quickly, even in complex cases, which makes dealing with him very straightforward’. As a whole, the clerking team is ‘dynamic’, ‘extremely reliable’ and ‘regularly goes above and beyond’.

Defamation and privacy – Leading sets – ranked: tier 1

Well known for its expertise in media law’, 5RB is ‘the go-to set for defamation, harassment and privacy’ matters. Adrienne Page QC and Godwin Busuttil acted for the claimant in Lachaux v Independent Print Media and others – the leading case on the new serious harm requirement in section 1 of the Defamation Act. Busuttil also represented Sir Cliff Richard in his high-profile case against the BBC and Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police. Desmond Browne QC, James Price QC, Justin Rushbrooke QC, David Sherborne, Jonathan Barnes, Adam Wolanski, William Bennett, Jacob Dean, Adam Speker, Richard Munden, Alexandra Marzec, Victoria Jolliffe, David Hirst, Julian Santos and Greg Callus are also recommended in this area.

Data protection – Leading sets – ranked: tier 2

5RB contains ‘barristers who achieve outstanding results’ in data protection matters. Recent case highlights include Hooper v News Group Newspapers, Express Newspapers, Associated Newspapers and others, the Wm Morrison payroll information group litigation and LJT v Chief Constable of Bedfordshire. Jonathan Barnes, Jacob Dean and Richard Munden are recommended individuals for data protection matters.

Media and entertainment – Leading sets – ranked: tier 3

5RB has a solid reputation for defamation, privacy and data protection work. Desmond Browne QC, David Sherborne, Christina Michalos and Jacob Dean are listed as leading practitioners in media and entertainment law.


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