Jeremy Reed

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

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

'‘Intelligent and client-friendly.’' 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

"Excellent with clients and on top of the issues." Legal 500 2016




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 2017 

In Intellectual Property: "He is very sharp, very measured and clients like him." "He is extremely knowledgeable, very approachable and easy to work with."

In 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 2015 "His work on and in developing the claims in the phone hacking litigation has been outstanding." 


Chambers & Partners 2014

In 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."

In 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

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.

Jeremy is recommended as a leading junior in Chambers and Partners for Intellectual Property and Media and Entertainment.


Legal 500 2016

In Media & Entertainment: "Excellent with clients and on top of the issues." 

In Defamation & Privacy: "Exceptionally bright and very methodical."


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


Legal 500

Jeremy is recommended as a leading junior in Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment, and Defamation 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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