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Rupert Cowper-Coles
Senior Associate

Rupert Cowper-Coles is an experienced litigator in the field of media and information law.

Rupert provides expert advice on defamation, privacy and harassment issues as well as on other information rights, including data protection and freedom of information. 

He is well-versed in advising clients both pre and post publication and, where disputes cannot be resolved consensually, representing their interests before regulators and the courts. 

Rupert has experience in litigating complex and developing areas of law, including interim non-disclosure injunctions, foreign jurisdiction issues, intermediary and website host liability and the impact of human rights and European law on domestic information rights. 

Prior to joining RPC in 2016, Rupert was a member of the media law team at Withers where he predominantly advised prospective claimants. He writes regularly about media law issues and is published in The Lawyer and The Law Society Gazette. 
 

Relevant work

Optical Express v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2017] EWHC 2707 (QB)

Tamiz v United Kingdom (in the European Court of Human Rights) 3877/14 

Bukovsky v Crown Prosecution Service [2016] EWHC 1926 (QB) 

Ahuja v Politika Novine I Magazini [2015] EWHC 3380 

Norton v Blaha [2013] EWHC 3849 (QB) 

 

Directory quotes

Rupert Cowper-Coles is a senior associate noted for his experience advising media outlets on a range of matters relating to defamation, privacy and data protection. He represents both traditional media clients such as national newspapers, as well as digital media platforms. - Chambers UK 2021

"He's fantastic - really good to deal with and knows the law." Chambers UK 2021

"Rupert Cowper-Coles is committed to serving clients' interests and has good attention to detail."  - Chambers UK 2021

"He's very understated, thoughtful and very easy to get on with."  Chambers UK 2021

Rising Star - The Legal 500 UK 2021 

"An amazing job." - The Legal 500 UK 2020

Rising Star - The Legal 500 UK 2020

Rupert Cowper-Coles specialises in harassment, defamation and privacy cases. Sources say: "He is just incredibly competent. He is very passionate about the law and is very personable." - Chambers UK 2019

"He's a pleasure to work with. He's a really good, analytical lawyer who is charming, good with clients and excellent under pressure." - Chambers UK 2018

"Exceedingly client-focused." - The Legal 500 UK 2016

Listed as one of three "Rising Stars" - Spear's Reputation Management Index 2016 

 

Memberships

London Solicitors Litigation Association