Desmond Browne has just celebrated the 50th anniversary of his call to the Bar of England and Wales. He has been a QC since 1990.
Desmond was Chairman of the Bar in 2009 and Treasurer of Gray’s Inn in 2015. Since May 2016 he has served as President of the Council of the Inns of Court. As Chairman of the International Committee of the Inns of Court College of Advocacy, he has trained advocates in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, Malaysia, Singapore, Poland and the Hague.
He is the Joint Head of 5RB, a set of chambers specialising in media law. He appeared in the Supreme Court for PJS, the anonymous claimant granted a privacy injunction notwithstanding Internet publicity about his identity. He appeared for Mirror Group Newspapers in Naomi Campbell’s privacy appeal to the House of Lords, as well as at the Leveson Inquiry into the culture of the press.
Clients for whom he has acted in the Court of Appeal include Elton John, Michael Douglas, Don King and Victoria Beckham. He acted for the policeman on the gates of Downing Street called a pleb by a Cabinet Minister. Recently he appeared for the Daily Telegraph in resisting the claim for an injunction brought by Sir Philip Green.