Leveson Inquiry: David Sherborne, Prince Harry’s Lawyer & Diana’s Defender


The A-list has one go-to lawyer when it comes to matters of defamation, confidentiality and privacy: David Sherborne. He was a prominent figure in the Leveson Inquiry, fighting for the rights of celebrities whose privacy had been invaded by newspapers such as The News of the World. The Evening Standard even remarked that he could be mistaken for a celebrity. Now he is back in the media spotlight, representing Prince Harry in a London court case against Mirror Group Newspapers, who are accused of using private investigators and phone hacking to access private stories about him. 5RB, a leading group of media and communications lawyers, are representing the Duke of Sussex, and Sherborne is part of the team. He was also the lawyer for Johnny Depp in his defamation case against The Sun, and for Coleen Rooney in the ‘Wagatha Christie’ trial. Other high-profile clients include Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Amy Winehouse, Cheryl Cole, Lily Allen, Harry Styles and Sienna Miller. Sherborne’s professional profile on the 5RB website states that he is a leading lawyer in the media and communications field, specialising in privacy, confidentiality and defamation, as well as in matrimonial and sports law.

David Sherborne briefly raised eyebrows when he began dating the junior barrister of Lord Leveson, Carine Patry Hoskins, who was married at the time. The two became an official couple after the Leveson Inquiry was published. Later, parliamentary data revealed that Sherborne had been paid £220,000 of taxpayers’ money for the Inquiry. As he continues to represent high-profile figures in court, expect to see the name David Sherborne in many more newspaper headlines.


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