Louis Charalambous

Media and Communications Disputes

+44 20 3206 2710
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Louis is a partner in the Media & Communications Disputes team. He is an exceptional media litigator and has an established reputation for his expert advice to media clients often involving criminal law related matters.

He has specialist expertise in advising on defamation, privacy and breach of confidence, contempt of court and public law for major broadcasters, production companies and national newspapers often acting in emergency injunction applications. He also acts for freelance journalists and campaigning bodies often in protecting journalistic material from seizure by law enforcement agencies. He is ranked by Chambers and Legal 500 as a Band 1 lawyer, recognised as a “widely respected figure” leading an “accomplished team of defamation specialists”. He was also recently shortlisted in the Legal 500 2019 Risk Advisory Lawyer of the Year Awards.

Louis is a member of the Media Society and Frontline Club for journalists.


“He’s been around this area for a long time and knows what he’s talking about. He’s a really nice guy and always so friendly.” Chambers and Partners, 2021

“He’s very good with clients, and he’s very calm and organised.” Chambers and Partners, 2020

“A terrific lawyer who always puts up a fight and writes excellent letters.” Chambers and Partners, 2019

“Very good defamation litigation lawyer.” Chambers and Partners, 2018

“One of the shrewdest litigators practicing media law.” Chambers and Partners, 2018

“Immensely experienced.” Legal 500, 2020

“One of the best media lawyers out there.” Legal 500, 2018

“An unquestionable leader on the defendant side.” Legal 500, 2018

“Calm, organised and very popular with clients.” Legal 500, 2018


  • Louis Charalambous has a unique practice defending journalists and media organisations in criminal related media cases – clients value his calm and sensible representation of their interests.

    Legal 500, 2024
  • “Hugely experienced and a fighter for his clients.”

    Legal 500, 2022
  • “Louis Charalambous is one the most highly regarded media lawyers.”


    Legal 500, 2022
  • “Louis Charalambous has vast experience in media law defence, especially libel trials. He is very hard-working and conscientious”

    Legal 500, 2023
  • “He is always “there” for the clients and very popular with them. He is particularly good (very calm) in dealing with difficult litigation situations.”

    Legal 500, 2023
  • “He is fantastic and highly organised with an amazing understanding of media law.”

    Chambers and Partners, 2022
  • “He is a figurehead in the area yet his likeability is second to none.”

    Chambers and Partners, 2022
  • “One of the best media litigators.”

    Chambers and Partners, 2021
  • “His experience is second to none and he’s a grade A partner.”


    Chambers and Partners, 2021
  • “A class act”

    Chris Mullin, 2022