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Richard Rampton QC

Richard Rampton QC

Call: 1965  |  Silk: 1987

“He’s brilliant and has the senior courts eating out of his hands. He has a slightly mischievous air to him, with a sharp mind and brilliant advocacy skills.” 

Richard Rampton QC
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Barrister Overview

Richard is widely recognised as one the country’s leading defamation lawyers, having appeared in many of the seminal cases which have shaped the English law relating to freedom of expression and protection of reputation. Richard has twice been awarded Chambers and Partners “Defamation Silk of the Year”, in 2006 and 2014.

Richard has acted in a multitude of notable cases, ranging from the longest trial in English legal history (McDonald’s v Steel & Morris) to cases of lasting legal and public significance (such as David Irving v Lipstadt and Penguin). The latter case has now been immortalised in the 2017 film “Denial”, with Tom Wilkinson leading the cast as Richard. Other cases dealing with matters of huge public and legal importance include Tolstoy v Aldington (forced repatriation of PoWs) and Galloway v Telegraph Group Ltd (alleged receipt of monies from Saddam Hussein).

Richard appears and advises in foreign jurisdictions including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Hawaii and The Cayman Islands, and has made Privy Council appearances in defamation cases from New South Wales and Barbados.

Richard is also a co-author of the 4th edition of the widely respected practitioner text Duncan and Neill on Defamation.


Has exceptional experience of dealing with complex libel claims, having frequently appeared in precedent-setting cases. He continues to act for newspaper groups and publishers in defamation proceedings.  “A sharp mind and brilliant advocacy skills.” “He has extremely good judgement and is much loved by his clients.” Chambers and Partners 2019

“Excellent in the higher courts.” The Legal 500 2018

He has a sharp mind and brilliant advocacy skills. He’s unflappable and unfazed by senior judges.” Chambers and Partners 2018

“Considered a go-to senior counsel on complex libel claims who has a strong track record in precedent-setting cases. He continues to act for newspaper groups and publishers in defamation proceedings.” Chambers and Partners 2017

He has a sharp mind and brilliant advocacy skills.” The Legal 500 2016

He’s brilliant and has the senior courts eating out of his hands. He has a slightly mischievous air to him, with a sharp mind and brilliant advocacy skills.” “He is a firm favourite with clients who like his gravitas and easy-going manner, behind which lurks fierce intelligence and tremendous experience.” Chambers and Partners 2016

“Rated very highly by Solicitors.” The Legal 500 2015

“Admired by solicitors for his confidence in court and his ability to effortlessly persuade a judge and jury of his case. He is a dominant presence in the defamation, privacy and data protection arenas, and has acted in some of the most prominent cases of recent times. He often appears in the Court of Appeal.”He’s hugely experienced and really engages in the case on behalf of the client.” “Supremely confident and reassuring.” Chambers and Partners 2015

He has tremendous gravitas, and is good with clients.” The Legal 500 2014

“Has a busy practice of exceptional pedigree, and has frequently appeared in matters before the Court of Appeal. He is praised for his manner around clients, who find his immense knowledge and confidence extremely reassuring.”Hugely experienced, he really engages in the case on behalf of the client.” “He’s dependable, instinctive and a pleasure to work with.” Chambers and Partners 2014

Richard Rampton QC “remains one of the best brains” among the QCs in the field. The Legal 500 2013

Richard “combines gravitas and legal knowledge with formidable client-handling skills.” “He is a top QC, a great team player,and quite simply knows it all.” Chambers and Partners 2013

Richard is the “doyen of the libel Bar.” The Legal 500 2012

Richard Rampton QC attracts a similar weight of effusive praise. “Smooth and enticing, he is an effective advocate, who is great with a jury.” This “first-rate, highly tenacious” performer recently led in defence of Times Newspapers in one of the few defamation trials on the Reynolds Privilege. Chambers and Partners 2012

Representative Cases

Mionis v Democratic Press SA [2017] EWCA Civ 1194

Flood v Times Newspapers [2017] UKSC 33

Cruddas v Calvert & Anor (CA) [2015] EWCA Civ 17

Mionis v Democratic SA [2014] EWHC 4104 (QB)

Flood v Times Newspapers [2014] EWCA Civ 1574

Cruddas v Calvert & ors [2013] EWHC 2298 (QB)

Waterson v Lloyd MP & Anor [2013] EWHC 2201 (QB), [2013] EWCA Civ 136, [2011] EWHC 3292 (QB) & EWHC 3197 (QB)

Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd [2013] EWHC 2182 (QB), [2012] UKSC 11, EWCA Civ 804 & EWHC 2375 (QB)

Citation Plc v Ellis Whittam Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 155

McLaughlin v Lambeth Borough Council (2012)

Mengi v Hermitage [2012] EWHC 3445 (QB)

Bento v The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police [2012] EWHC 1525 (QB)

Lait v Evening Standard Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 859 & EWHC 3239 (QB)

Taranissi v BBC (2007-9)

Bray v Deutsche Bank (2008)

Flood v Times Newspapers (2008)

Materazzi v Assd Newspapers and News Group Newspapers (2007-8)

Condoco Grand Cayman & Ryan v KYC News (2007)

Heather Mills McCartney v Associated Newspapers and News Group Newspapers (2007)

Virdi v Associated Newspapers (2007)

Warren v Hatton (2007)

Blunkett v Times Newspapers (2006)

Campbell v Safra (2006)

Henry v BBC (2006)

George Galloway MP v The Telegraph Group Ltd (2006)

Oryx Natural Resources v The BBC

Carlton Communications v News Group Newspapers

Michael Douglas v Hola & Ors

Rakhimov v Simon & Schuster

Rakhimov v Express Newspapers

Amanda Holden & Les Dennis v Express Newspapers

Sugar v Associated Newspapers (2001)

Sugar v News Group Newspapers (2000)

Irving v Lipstadt and Penguin Books (2000) – Holocaust denial

British Biotech PLC v DR Millar

McDonalds v Steel & Morris (1994) – The longest trial in English legal history

Taylforth v Metropolitan Police (1994)

Body Shop v Channel 4 TV (1993)

Neil v Worsthorne (1990)

Aldington v Tolstoy (1989) – The ‘forced repatriations’ of Cossacks and Yugoslavs at the end of WWII

Shah v Standard Chartered Bank [1999] QB 241 – Nature and scope of justification

Telnikoff v Matusevitch [1992] 2 AC 243 – Nature and scope of fair comment

Control Risks v New English Library [1990] 1 WLR 183 – Pleading fair comment

Atkinson v Fitzwalter [1987] 1 WLR 201

Lucas Box v Associated Newspapers [1986] 1 WLR 147 – Pleading and scope of justification

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Publications and Seminars

Co-author, Duncan and Neill on Defamation, 4th edition (2015)

Co-author with Lord Windlesham of Report on Death on the Rock, Faber & Faber, 1989


BA Hons (Oxon), Greats (Ancient History and Philosophy), University of Oxford (The Queen’s College)

Privacy Notice

Name and contact details of the Data Controller

Richard Rampton QC
One Brick Court
London EC4Y 9BY
Tel: 020 7353 9945
Email: clerks@onebrickcourt.com

Individuals to whom this Privacy Notice applies
1. This notice applies to all those whose personal data I process in the course of my practice as a barrister. It applies to you if (a) you are an individual and I have been instructed to act on your behalf (that is, you are “my client”), (b) you are a person mentioned in my case papers whether because you work for or are otherwise connected with a company, organisation or public body which has instructed me to act on its behalf or because, for example, you are a witness or are referred to in documents with which I have been supplied, (c) you are my instructing solicitor, (d) another lawyer or professional involved in a case in which I am acting, or (e) a member, pupil or employee at One Brick Court. If you are my client, you will have received a copy of this Privacy Notice when I was first instructed on your behalf.

Collection, use and reasons for processing your personal information
2. What information I obtain, and why and how I use that information, varies with the source and type of information:

Personal information where I am acting for you
2.1. If you are my client, I collect and store your personal details, other information that you have provided to me or your solicitor in connection with your case, and information about you contained in documents provided by others involved in the case, such as witnesses and opposing parties. This information may be obtained upon receipt of instructions, receipt of documents sent by your solicitor or other lawyers involved your case, or from you directly.

Personal information of individuals who are not my client
2.2. If you are not my client, you should know that I collect and store the names, employment details and contact details of third parties with whom I deal in the course of my practice, and the personal data of individuals contained in instructions, case papers and communications in cases in which I am instructed. This information may be obtained upon receipt of instructions, upon enquiries being made about my services, through dealings with third parties concerned with my work, from you directly or from enquiries being made by me about you, your work or your services.

2.3. If you are a member of Chambers, a pupil or employee at One Brick Court, I collect, store and use your name, contact details, work done by you (if you are a pupil), and other information about you that may be contained in Chambers internal documents or that you provide to me yourself.

3. The purposes for which I process the above personal data are the provision of legal services, the administration of my practice (including my membership of One Brick Court), legal research, practice development and marketing, training and assessing pupils, training mini-pupils and work experience students, and dealing with any complaints or disputes. The processing of the above personal data is necessary for those legitimate interests. Where I process your personal data for those legitimate interests, I have taken into account your data rights and considered that they do not override my interests in relation to the data I hold and the use I make of those data.

4. I lawfully process some of the above personal data in order to be able to comply with my legal obligations, for example dealings with HMRC.

5. If your personal data reveal your racial or ethnic origin, your political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or your trade union membership, data concerning your health or data concerning your sex life or sexual orientation, or data relating to your criminal convictions and offences or related security measures, I will only process those data where you have given your explicit consent, where the processing relates to personal data which are manifestly made public by you, where the processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, or where the processing is otherwise permitted by law.

6. I will retain your personal data for so long as is necessary for the purposes identified above. This may vary depending on the context in which I acquired the data and the purpose for which I process those data, and, in the event of any sort of dispute for as long as is necessary to resolve it.

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Sharing your personal data
8. I may disclose your personal data to third parties where it is reasonably necessary to carry out any of the purposes set out above in this Notice.

Your rights
9. You may at any time:

9.1 Ask for confirmation that I am processing your personal data and request a copy.
9.2 Request the rectification of your personal data or for your data to be completed if data are incomplete.
9.3 Request that I erase your personal data.
9.4 Request that I restrict the extent of my processing of your personal data.
9.5 Request receipt of the personal data you have provided for transmission to another data controller, or request that I provide those data directly to another data controller.
9.6 Object to my processing of your personal data.

10. I will need to verify your identity before I can comply with any request.

11. I may be entitled or obliged to refuse your request or objection. If I do so, I will give you my reasons.

12. You have a right to complain about my processing of your personal data, including how I have responded to any request you’ve made about how I use your personal data, to the Information Commissioner (www.ico.org.uk and/or 0303 123 1113) the Supervisory Authority of any EU Member State.