16th October 2019

Hamlins’ expertise recognised in Chambers and Partners 2020

Hamlins has once again been recognised for its strength of advice and client service by Chambers and Partners. Our renowned commercial real estate and reputation management teams, as well as seven of our individual lawyers, have achieved high rankings in the leading legal services directory for 2020.

The Chambers and Partners rankings follow shortly after The Legal 500 listings in which Hamlins impressively secured recommendations in fifteen practice areas and nineteen of our lawyers were recognised.

Commenting on the rankings, Hamlins Senior Partner Joseph Holder said: “This year’s rankings are testimony to the talent and expertise of our lawyers. Client feedback plays a considerable part of the research undertaken for Chambers and Partners and we are delighted that we come so highly recommended in the noted practice areas.”

The firm is listed in the following categories:

Defamation/Reputation Management

The team is described as ‘a powerful litigation practice at the forefront of much of the activity concerning the phone hacking prosecutions.’ And noted for offering ‘claimants and defendants expertise in a wide variety of privacy, defamation and harassment matters. Additional experience in offering publishers pre-publication advice, while also noted for its work with corporations and executives in connection with a broad range of reputation management issues.’

Work highlights include acting for Conservative peer Lord Sheikh of Cornhill in a defamation claim against Associated Newspapers, and  the dispute related to allegations of antisemitism published by Mail Online.

Four of the team are recognised as notable practitioners. These include:

Christopher Hutchings, Head of the firm’s media department is noted for his ‘extensive experience in reputation management matters including defamation and privacy disputes.’

Senior associate Alexander Cochrane is noted for ‘his expertise in advising claimants on a wide range of critical reputational matters including defamation and privacy issues.’

Andrew Stephenson who ‘offers significant experience advising a wide range of domestic and international clients on libel and reputation management issues’.

Simon Gallant who is praised for his “wisdom and experience” by sources. He is highlighted for his expertise and for regularly advising  ‘high-profile clients on libel, privacy and data protection matters.’


Real Estate: Mid-Market

The team is noted for ‘its capable provision of a diverse range of real estate services to clients including institutional investors, high net worth individuals and asset managers.’  It is known for ‘strong capability in the leisure sector and in transactions involving multi-let properties. Adept at helping clients manage large investment portfolios as well as facilitating key acquisitions and disposals. Also has key expertise in residential development schemes.’

One client remarked: “Hamlins is a very good law firm that we love working with.”

Another client praised the “terrific  firm” and says of the property team: “They are efficient, fun to work with and understand their subject like nobody else I’ve met.”

Head of Real Estate, Mark Hurst, was singled out by a client who said “I enjoy dealing with him. He has a no-nonsense style, and when you get to the point in a transaction where you need to collaborate he is very flexible.”

Real Estate Litigation

Head of Property Litigation, Kate Andrews  ‘offers expertise handling property disputes pertaining to the retail, car parking and property development sectors, and also handles a range of landlord and tenant disputes. One client remarked that Kate “knows her area of law inside out and fights incredibly hard to get the result required.”


Rankings in both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 are based on interviews, independent client feedback and extensive research. The 2020 editions provide a snapshot of the legal marketplace in 2018-19 and we are pleased to have been recommended so highly by our clients in our areas of excellence.

See more details on the Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 2020 rankings.

Hamlins’ expertise recognised in Chambers and Partners 2020


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