David Hooper

David Hooper:


David advises on all areas of media law and as a defamation and IP lawyer. He has been involved in high-profile libel, copyright and breach of confidence actions, international, diplomatic and sovereign immunity cases.

David Authored Reputations Under Fire, Public Scandal, Odium and Contempt, and The Official Secrets Act and is consistently highly rated in Chambers and Legal 500.

High profile cases

  • Acting in Australia for Peter Wright and his publishers in the Spycatcher case
  • Defending Vanity Fair against libel claims brought by Mohammed Fayed and Roman Polanski
  • Defending Forbes magazine and Simon & Schuster against libel claims brought by the oligarchs Berezovsky, Loutchansky and Rakhimov
  • Defeating on behalf of Bloomsbury claims against the Harry Potter books
  • Getting the libel claim by Derbyshire County Council against the Sunday Times struck out in the House of Lords.
  • Defending Forbes Magazine against a libel claim brought by Prince Alawaleed arising out of his entry in the Forbes Rich List

Awards & Accolades

Times lawyer of week (2005)

Profiled The Lawyer (2000)