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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) 


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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-focussed" - Legal 500 UK 2016

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



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