Making a Claim

We first obtain disclosure from the metropolitan police (the MPS) which frequently reveals that you were a target of those conducting the interception of voicemails.

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We may then contact the relevant newspaper and request that they disclose certain information that may be relevant to your claim on a voluntary basis.We will also work with you to identify articles that contain private information that would have been the subject of voicemails between you and those you were in contact with at the time.

Payment of legal fees

All of our work in building a claim prior to litigating is conducted by us without requiring payment until the end of the claim.

If we find there is insufficient evidence, we do not ask you to pay for the time we have spent investigating the matter. If we advise that there is sufficient evidence to issue a claim, once you have paid the court fee, we then conduct the legal action on a “no win, no fee” or (CFA) basis. This means that we look to the newspaper to pay our fees at the conclusion of the claim. In most cases, this means that you recover your damages without deduction.

Private and/or public apologies

As well as receiving compensation for the invasion of your privacy, we also ensure that the newspaper undertakes not to do so at any time in the future and we can also, if you require, obtain an apology from the newspaper both in the form of a private letter and a Statement in Open Court.

Contact Us

If you were contacted by Operation Weeting, Golding or Pinetree, are an “associate” of a Claimant or have reason to believe that you may have been hacked and have not yet pursued a claim please give us a call on 020 7355 6000.
We will be happy to talk through the process with you without commitment on your part.

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Recommendations

“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.”

Legal 500 2017 - Reputation Management

“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

“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

“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!”

Client recommendation

“Hamlins have both great legal skill and compassion for those who are victims of phone hacking. They have showed integrity and dedication when dealing with my case. Not only did they obtain compensation with minimum input from me but they were also always responsive to my concerns/queries. I cannot recommend them enough.”

Camille Aznar, successful claimant

“Chris and the team at Hamlins are excellent. I found them to be diligent, sympathetic and thorough.I wholeheartedly recommend them.”

Comedian Vic Reeves (Jim Moir), successful claimant

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

Client quote - Chambers 2018 - Defamation

“From the moment I instructed Hamlins in my two cases, I followed their advice to the letter and I could not be happier with the outcomes in both”.

Actor Ralf Little, successful claimant

“I am extremely grateful to Amanda Burge, Laura Daly and all the Hamlins team headed by Chris Hutchings. Hamlins did an excellent job in fighting both my cases and I am absolutely delighted with the results. I would highly recommend them to anyone who believes they may be a victim of phone hacking.

I am a sports agent and represent very high-profile sports players.  I was extremely shocked to learn I was a victim of phone-hacking but it is now clear the newspapers targeted me because of my job and close relationship with the sports players I represented. Articles which were published containing either commercial or personal client information inevitably increased pressure on my relationships with the talent I represented. Hamlins forensic and highly skilled team quickly identified the extent of both the hacking I was subjected to and details of the how this impacted negatively on key and long-standing clients relationships.   With Hamlins’ professional guidance, I was able to achieve an outcome against 2 newspaper group which far exceeded my expectations.”

Simon Bayliff, Sports Agent

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