Defamation and Privacy

With websites and social media instantly relaying rumours to millions, it’s vital to guard your reputation online. We regularly advise as to the right to be forgotten, removing digital footprints from Google and unmasking anonymous bloggers.

Through working for, as well as against, the media we have a deep understanding of how the industry operates. We can engage with journalists, editors and their lawyers to deter them from making false allegations.

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Of course, newspapers and websites publish late at night and over the weekend. We are available out of hours to act immediately if your reputation is under attack.

Preventing damage is our primary objective. But at times it’s necessary to take action to remedy unfair coverage. We are recognised by independent researchers as experts in privacy and defamation and have won numerous actions against publishers and broadcasters.

We achieve success through strategy and pressure, while recognising your need to remedy harm efficiently and cost-effectively.

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Landmark win in the High Court against Channel 5 for invasion of privacy on the TV show ‘Can’t Pay We’ll Take It Away’

Our media team won a landmark case for a husband and wife against Channel 5 for the TV programme Can’t Pay We’ll Take It Away, which went to a full Trial in the High Court in February 2018. The couple …

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Our Experience

    • Acting as lead Solicitor for Claimants in the phone-hacking litigation against The Sun and the News of the World, now representing over 90 phone-hacking victims bringing claims against the News of the World and The Sun for unlawful information gathering and voicemail interception. For more information see our phone hacking section.
    • Winning a landmark privacy case for a husband and wife against Channel 5 for the TV programme Can’t Pay We’ll Take It Away, which went to a full Trial in the High Court.
    • Representing Hope not Hate, the advocacy group against racism and fascism on a libel case against former UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
    • Representing Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai who was defamed by an Asian service broadcaster.
    • Successfully representing businessman Vladimir Sloutsker in a claim against Russian blogger, Olga Romanova winning over £100,000 in damages and obtaining a permanent injunction.
    • Advising the Jewish Chronicle on their weekly pre-publication libel reading of the newspaper and defending libel complaints made against them.
    • Acting on behalf of the CEO of a Premier League football team when the press threatened to publish damaging stories about their business. Our team took immediate steps preventing publication of any damaging allegations.
    • Advising an international pharmaceutical client and action against a National newspaper. Hamlins successfully prevented the newspaper from publishing a story alleging their involvement in the abuse of animals for product manufacture.
    • Advising the General Counsel at PetroSaudi, who is seeking to deter publication on a website published from the UK which contains a range of highly defamatory and personally sensitive data.
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“Powerful litigation practice at the forefront of much of the activity concerning the phone hacking prosecutions.”

Chambers 2018 - Defamation

Hamlins LLP is ‘a key firm in the phone-hacking litigation’, where it acts for various claimants against News Group Newspapers. The work is led by department head Christopher Hutchings, who is ‘excellent at client care’.

Legal 500 2017- Reputation Management

“The whole team is well co-ordinated and briefed; they have always been clear and concise in their briefing, expected outcomes and future timings.”

Chambers 2018- Defamation

“They’re very good. They’re extremely knowledgeable, helpful and they get back to you very quickly.”

Chambers 2018 - Defamation

“Hamlins have represented me on 2 separate occasions and I would highly recommend them to anyone in my position! Not only did I get fantastic results but I felt very comfortable with everything along the way! Great friendly professional people who are simply the best at what they do!”

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“Simon Gallant has an established defamation, privacy and reputation management practice, acting for defendants and claimants. A client says: “He had a phenomenal grasp of the case and was incredibly professional in terms of getting back to us providing updates and assurances; the overall package of advice provided was outstanding.”

Chambers 2018 - Defamation

“Christopher Hutchings is an established defamation and privacy specialist noted for his expertise on phone hacking claims. Clients say: ‘He is very conscientious and careful as well as knowledgeable and experienced.'”

Chambers 2018 - Defamation

“Andrew Stephenson offers clients the benefit of his deep knowledge of defamation and privacy matters. He comes particularly recommended for his representation of public figures, politicians and high net worth individuals on cases which often have an international aspect to them.”

Chambers 2018 - Defamation

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