Jeremy Reed

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Practice areas:
IP, Patents, Copyright & Design, Trade Marks, IT, Privacy

"He is immensely intelligent and extremely personable."  Chambers and Partners 2020

"A hard-working and very smart barrister who always comes up with a viable solution to a tough legal problem." ​ Chambers & Partners 2019

"He's a scholarly barrister who always thinks outside the box and is results-driven."​  Chambers & Partners 2018

"He is very clever, hardworking, dedicated, concise and innovative.’'  Legal 500 2017

"He is very sharp, very measured and clients like him." "He is extremely knowledgeable, very approachable and easy to work with." Chambers & Partners 2017




Jeremy is an experienced intellectual property litigator.  He is regularly instructed in disputes involving trade marks, copyright and designs, and patents.  Jeremy has particular experience of a wide range of breach of confidence disputes, often involving a technical subject matter or electronic interception of confidential information.  He brings a detailed and forensic approach to cases.

Much of Jeremy’s time over the past 4 years has been taken up with ‘phone hacking’ litigation, first against the News of the World, and more recently against the Mirror Group.  Jeremy was instructed in the first ever phone hacking claim, that being Gordon Taylor’s 2007 claim against the now defunct News of the World.  Jeremy played a pivotal role as co-counsel in the litigation brought by numerous claimants against the News of the World.  He has acted for over 70 individuals including celebrities, sportsmen, politicians, and victims of crime and their families.  He was also instructed as co-counsel at trial for the 8 representative claimants in their phone hacking claims against the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and the People. 

The phone hacking litigation has involved a number of contentious interim applications that have included the scope of the Norwich Pharmacal jurisdiction, public interest immunity, scope of redactions, reporting restrictions, and numerous applications for non-party disclosure.  In 2012 Jeremy successfully appeared in the Supreme Court on a point concerning the privilege against self-incrimination in relation to intellectual property claims.

Jeremy’s other specialisms include the following:

  • IT disputes, particularly those of a technical nature where an understanding of the underlying hardware or software is needed
  • Disputes concerning corporate espionage (particularly email and server hacking and other forms of electronic interception), ex-employee breach of confidence claims, and technically complex trade secrets litigation.
  • Privacy, harassment and defamation claims.
  • Copyright Tribunal proceedings.
  • Claims and advice concerning data protection issues, and freedom of information requests.

He has also been instructed in professional negligence claims defending patent and trade mark attorneys.

Jeremy is often instructed to make applications for urgent interim relief, including interim injunctions, search and seizure orders, and asset freezing orders. 

Directory & Testimonial Quotes

Chambers & Partners 2020 
Intellectual Property: "
I really enjoy working with him as he is extremely responsive, commercial and practical in his outlook."
Defamation & Privacy: "He was responsive, imaginative, and very helpful in an urgent and confidential matter."

Chambers & Partners 2019
Intellectual Property: "Reassuring and really impressive on the detail. He's a massive team player and easy to work with." "A hard-working and very smart barrister who always comes up with a viable solution to a tough legal problem."
Defamation & Privacy: "Exceptionally bright. He provides commercial and strategically astute advice." "Detailed and precise. He is so prepared and thinks outside the box."​

Chambers & Partners 2018
Intellectual Property: "He is a very thorough, knowledgeable and effective advocate."
Defamation & Privacy: "He's a scholarly barrister who always thinks outside the box and is results-driven."

Chambers & Partners 2017
Intellectual Property: "He is very sharp, very measured and clients like him."
Defamation & Privacy: "A pleasure to work with. He is extremely knowledgeable, especially in relation to phone hacking. He is very approachable and easy to work with and really knows what's going on."

Chambers & Partners 2016
​Intellectual Property: ​"Resourceful and has good tactical as well as legal skills."  "He is very approachable and committed to working in a collaborative way with both the solicitor and the client."
Defamation & Privacy: "He is great on technical work, he really knows his stuff and is good to deal with."  "Clients really like him - he has a very charming style."

Chambers & Partners 2015
Intellectual Property: ​" Incisive and approachable."
Defamation & Privacy: "He always has a fantastic grasp of the facts, the law and the procedure."  "It's very clear the court has a lot of respect for him,."

Chambers & Partners 2014
Intellectual Property: Jeremy "has been much in demand of late and has built a fine reputation for privacy and confidential information work. This includes high-profile phone hacking cases, featuring clients such as Steve Coogan and Paul Gascoigne. He is also an experienced hand in other soft IP areas."
​Defamation & Privacy: "Has an impressive reputation for his expertise on privacy matters. He has spent a considerable amount of time working on the News of the World phone hacking claims. His work on and in developing the claims in the phone hacking litigation has been outstanding. He's a very nice man, who is hard-working and bright."

Chambers & Partners 2013
Intellectual Property: Jeremy is "very good under pressure," and is instructed on a range of soft IP matters.

Chambers & Partners 2011
Jeremy "provides practical and sound advice" and has, of late, been instructed on cases involving breach of confidence and privacy issues.

Legal 500 2020
Media & Entertainment:   "He is forensically astute."
Defamation & Privacy: "An experienced media and privacy litigator."

Legal 500 2019
​Media & Entertainment: "He is very experienced in media and entertainment sector litigation."
Defamation & Privacy:  "Clever, hardworking, dedicated, concise and innovative."

Legal 500 2017
Media & Entertainment: "He is very clever, hardworking, dedicated, concise and innovative."
Defamation & Privacy: "Intelligent and client friendly."

Legal 500 2016
Media & Entertainment: "Excellent with clients and on top of the issues."
Defamation & Privacy: "Exceptionally bright and very methodical."

Legal 500 2015
"Very experienced in issues involving confidential information and privacy."

Jeremy is regarded in Who’s Who Legal 2015.



Intellectual Property Bar Association (Honorary Secretary 2001-2006)

Chancery Bar Association

Society for Computers and Law 


Qualifications and Regulations


Natural Sciences (Genetics) at Peterhouse, Cambridge.
Scholar of Rugby School and Peterhouse.
Queen Mother's Fund Major Scholarship (Middle Temple).


Jeremy is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. He is registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales (Bar Ref: 37151)
He has professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF Ref: 2190/049). Please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided, and the BMIF’s contact details.

Human Interest

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