The Lawyer magazine has released its annual shortlist of lawyers from across the profession, chosen for their legal excellence and the relevance of their work.
5RB’s Jane Phillips has been recognised on the 2023 list for her new role as Joint Head of Chambers, which The Lawyer says “should not be understated.” It went on to praise 5RB’s approach: “Not only is the specialist media chambers now led by two women, but by one silk and one junior barrister – a rarity for the commercial Bar. The unusual combination demonstrates 5RB’s approach to running a modern chambers, which is dynamic, collaborative and equal.” Jane was quoted as hoping that her new position will “inspire other senior junior barristers to take on leadership positions traditionally reserved for King’s Counsel.”
Jane’s recent career achievements were also celebrated: “Beyond chambers management, Phillips’ media practice has been a rollercoaster after securing victory for Meghan Markle in her privacy battle against Associated Newspapers in late 2021. The sensational High Court showdown has since helped the barrister secure more claimant and defendant work, including bringing Prince Harry’s fresh libel claim against Associated Newspapers and defending the BBC against libel.”
Joint Head of Chambers, Adrienne Page KC, said: “Lawyers nominated for the “Hot 100” list must, among other criteria, demonstrate “star quality”. We are incredibly proud and entirely unsurprised that Jane has made this year’s list, and welcome the recognition of 5RB’s progressive ethos as to positions of responsibility within chambers.”
The full 2023 list can be found here.