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Gavin has a broad practice spanning media, information, public, criminal, employment and discrimination law.

He is a noted specialist in all areas of media law including defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, publishing contempts and reporting restrictions. He often represents media outlets, journalists and politicians in both civil and criminal proceedings.

He was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK media in the Guardian Media One Hundred 2012, after representing the Telegraph Media Group at the Leveson Inquiry. He was also recognised as the Chambers & Partners Privacy/Defamation Silk for 2012. In 2013 he advised the Guardian on its Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of Edward Snowden’s disclosures. He represented the Sun newspaper in the “plebgate” libel trial and the recent “PJS” celebrity injunction litigation.

He is recognised as a leading expert in election law, having appeared in many high profile cases in recent years.

He is a Council of Europe and EU expert in media law and a Crown Court Recorder.

Publications include

  • Media Law and Human Rights (OUP 2009)
  • “Protecting Free Expression” in J. Lewis and P. Crick eds, Media Law & Ethics in the 21st Century (IBA, 2014)
  • “Confidential Information” in Coppel’s Information Rights (4th Edn 2014)
  • Newsgathering: Law, Regulation and the Public Interest (OUP, June 2016)

Gavin accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.

What they say:

“A first-choice counsel for big issues”

“Combines his employment practice with a strong following in the media and entertainment space.”

“Experienced in representing media outlets, journalists and politicians.”

Legal 500 2015

“He is very effective at the Defamation Bar, with a punchy style and the advantage of an encyclopaedic knowledge of criminal law and police procedures.”

“He’s one of the finest freedom of speech advocates at the Bar today. He knows how to politely argue with judges and is fantastic with clients.”

“He’s just brilliant at everything. He’s incredibly bright, practical and strategic.”

“Very knowledgeable and reliable, he always makes an extra effort to be available for clients.”

“He is unflappable, very knowledgeable, extremely good on his feet and judges like him as he is respectful but tough when he has to be.”

Chambers & Partners 2016