In some cases, where the home or business owner does not permit the film crew to enter their private property, HCEAs continue to film without consent, using concealed cameras.

Our specialist privacy lawyers help in both pre and post broadcast claims, where individuals targeted by ‘fly on the wall’ documentary makers wish to prevent any reputational damage to their business, or to seek compensation due to the distress caused to them.

We have a successful track record in winning claims and securing damages for our clients, who have brought claims against Channel 5 for breach of privacy during the filming of TV programme Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away!.

We have also successfully prevented the broadcast of episodes of the BBC programme The Sheriffs are Coming after being instructed at very short notice by business owners.

If you have been filmed for a fly on the wall documentary and feel your privacy has been invaded, you may have a claim, whether the programme has been broadcast already, or if you have been notified that it may be broadcast in the future. Please get in touch with one of our experts to find out how we can help you.

In some cases, where the home or business owner does not permit the film crew to enter their private property, HCEAs continue to film without consent, using concealed cameras.

Our specialist privacy lawyers help in both pre and post broadcast claims, where individuals targeted by ‘fly on the wall’ documentary makers wish to prevent any reputational damage to their business, or to seek compensation due to the distress caused to them.

We have a successful track record in winning claims and securing damages for our clients, who have brought claims against Channel 5 for breach of privacy during the filming of TV programme Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away!.

We have also successfully prevented the broadcast of episodes of the BBC programme The Sheriffs are Coming after being instructed at very short notice by business owners.

If you have been filmed for a fly on the wall documentary and feel your privacy has been invaded, you may have a claim, whether the programme has been broadcast already, or if you have been notified that it may be broadcast in the future. Please get in touch with one of our experts to find out how we can help you.

Case Study

Channel 5 apologises and pays substantial damages to a further victim of TV programme Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away!

A joint statement in open court was read on 18 June 2021 before Mr Justice Murray after Adanna Clarke, a private individual, accepted an offer of settlement in relation to the misuse of her private information in a broadcast of …

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‘The Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! television programme targets those who are down on their luck and in difficult financial situations. We feel that the programme is best likened to a form of bullying as they pick on those in society who they think are unable to fight back because they do not have the means, whether that be financially or intellectually. Thankfully, we were able to fight back with the fantastic help of our solicitor, Alex Cochrane, and the team at Hamlins, and we cannot thank them enough for helping us through this difficult situation and bringing it to a satisfactory conclusion. I would urge anyone who has found themselves a victim of this programme to take action.’

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‘We were contacted at short notice regarding an intimated broadcast on the BBC that would have done severe damage to our business. We instructed Hamlins LLP, the leading firm in this specialist area, and Alex and Lauren were able to quickly put together a very robust legal letter and they successfully prevented the broadcast. We are very grateful for their professional input that concluded in our success against such an injustice.’

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