Data Protection

Exceptional expertise in data protection law.

Our team’s knowledge and expertise provides the bedrock for delivering exceptional counsel and representation in the area of data protection law. With an extensive track record, we act for the government, police forces, businesses, and regulatory bodies (including the Information Commissioner) in pivotal cases, highlighting our ability to resolve complex issues quickly and sensitively.

Recognised for our involvement in the most high-profile and cutting-edge matters, our team appears in data protection matters in courts and tribunals from the Supreme Court down.

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We pride ourselves on offering trustworthy and practical representation in this fast-developing area of law. Notably, members of 5 Essex Chambers took a represented South Wales Police in the world’s first legal challenge concerning the utilisation of automatic facial recognition technology (AFR) by law enforcement bodies, R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police. Members of chambers have also acted in key Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases on retention of personal data by police such as:

  • R (Cabinet Office) v Chair of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry [2023] EWHC 1702 (Admin)
  • Sir Cliff Richard v BBC
  • Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v (1) Information Commissioner & (2) Rosenbaum
    EncroChat claim
  • R (Catt & T) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis,
  • R (R) v National Police Chiefs’ Council
  • R (YZ) v Chief Constable of South Wales

Our expert data protection counsel offer pragmatic advice and top-tier advocacy in dealing with claims under the GDPR or Data Protection Acts arising from DSARs, data breaches, and relating to data sharing or retention – whether that involves a single incident or a policy challenge.

With acute awareness of the potential reputational risks linked to handling personal data, we understand that discretion and integrity in these matters is paramount. Our decades of experience in police and national security law have equipped us with the judgement and insight to address high-security needs and commercial sensitivities, whilst avoiding reputational risk.

Our specialists also regularly advise and provide training in this area, including information sharing between public bodies and the impact of the GDPR. Our monthly bulletin, the Data Brief, can be found here.

To start a conversation about your data protection needs, please contact our highly experienced clerking team.

For more information please contact our clerks.

Call +44 (0) 20 7410 2000 or click here to email

Data Protection Expertise


Freedom of Information Act

Investigatory Powers Act


Human Rights


Breaches of confidentiality


Regulation of Investigatory Powers

Challenges to decisions by the ICO

Public law


Disclosure of Information

Data Protection Barristers

King's Counsel

Jason Beer KC

Call 1992 | Silk 2011

Fiona Barton KC

Call 1986 | Silk 2011

Anne Studd KC

Call 1988 | Silk 2012

Samantha Leek KC

Call 1993 | Silk 2012

Francesca Whitelaw KC

Call 2003 | Silk 2023

Charlotte Ventham KC

Call 2001 | Silk 2024

Juniors (10+ years)

Andrew Waters

Call 1987

Bilal Rawat

Call 1995

Russell Fortt

Call 1999

Claire Palmer

Call 2003

Beatrice Collier

Call 2004

Mark Thomas

Call 2006

Georgina Wolfe

Call 2006

Jonathan Dixey

Call 2007

Emma Price

Call 2007

Saara Idelbi

Call 2008

Cicely Hayward

Call 2009

Robert Cohen

Call 2009

Robert Talalay

Call 2010

Alex Ustych

Call 2010

Catriona Hodge

Call 2012

Alice Meredith

Call 2013

Aaron Moss

Call 2013

Juniors (under 10 years)

John Goss

Call 2015

Peter Laverack

Call 2015

Aimee Riese

Call 2016

David Messling

Call 2017

Jennifer Wright

Call 2018

Conor Monighan

Call 2019

Paige Jones

Call 2021

Jack Palmer

Call 2022

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