Privacy experts for a complex digital world.

Our team’s comprehensive expertise extends from national security to cyber security, forming the cornerstone for exceptional guidance and representation in matters concerning data privacy. With a history of service to the government, police forces, businesses, and regulatory bodies, we consistently demonstrate our capacity to adeptly and swiftly resolve high-profile, complex  issues.

At the forefront of innovation, and with a history of involvement in the most notable privacy-related cases, we consistently set the bar with our cutting-edge counsel. Our team appears in UK courts and tribunals of all levels, and provides day-to-day, expert advice in the dynamic and ever-evolving field of data privacy.

Our data privacy experts navigate a diverse range of scenarios, offering pragmatic advice and top-tier advocacy. This ranges from expedited crisis management to intricate, high-stakes litigation, showcasing our commitment to delivering substantial value.

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We are fully aware of the nuanced nature and potential risks surrounding confidential or personal data, and the utmost importance of discretion and integrity in managing such matters. Our barristers undergo meticulous vetting and bring to bear extensive experience in handling highly sensitive material, reflective of our deep-seated involvement in both the public and private sectors.

Our unrivalled expertise in sensitive police and government law equips us with the discernment and insights required to address heightened security needs, navigate commercial sensitivities, and deftly manage any issues related to reputational risk.

Our specialists also regularly advise and provide training in this area. Many members of our team can accept instructions directly from companies or members of the public via Direct Access.

For more information please contact our clerks.

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

Privacy 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

Privacy 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

Francesca Whitelaw KC

Call 2003 | Silk 2023

Charlotte Ventham KC

Call 2001 | Silk 2024

Juniors (10+ years)

Andrew Waters

Call 1987

Russell Fortt

Call 1999

Beatrice Collier

Call 2004

Mark Thomas

Call 2006

Georgina Wolfe

Call 2006

Jonathan Dixey

Call 2007

Emma Price

Call 2007

Saara Idelbi

Call 2008

Robert Cohen

Call 2009

Robert Talalay

Call 2010

Alex Ustych

Call 2010

Catriona Hodge

Call 2012

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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