31st October 2019

Hamlins’ media offering ranked highly in the leading legal directories

The latest legal directories have been released and we are delighted to see our media offering rank highly again this year. The two directories, Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500, combine client interviews with extensive research and provide a snapshot of the legal marketplace in 2018-19. We are pleased to have been recommended so highly by our clients in several categories as outlined below.

Reputation Management

In both Chambers and The Legal 500 we come highly recommended for our “powerful litigation practice at the forefront of much of the activity concerning phone hacking prosecutions” and our expertise in “acting for Labour MPs, corporate individuals and sportspeople”.

Head of Media, Christopher Hutchings is recognised as a Leading Individual and other recommended lawyers are Callum Galbraith, Simon Gallant, Andrew Stephenson, Alex Cochrane and Ellen Gallagher.

Our esteemed team comes recommended by clients:

“Top notch defamation and privacy specialists, smoothly managed by the urbane and diplomatic Chris Hutchings”, who is said to be a “stand-out individual”.

“The best law firm I have dealt with in any way shape or form.”

Partner Callum Galbraith is described by clients as “excellent at communicating position, time frames and choices in a concise manner and is very friendly and approachable at all times” and a “stand-out individual”.

Simon Gallant is praised for his “wisdom and experience” by sources.

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

Senior associate Alex Cochrane is noted for bringing “a wealth of knowledge from previous firms. Very strategic approach”.

Media & Entertainment: Music

The stand-out music team headed by Martin Ochs handles contentious matters for clients in the music publishing, film, design and music merchandising industries.

The Legal 500 directory recognises that “defamation and privacy are also active areas for the media and entertainment department and the team also offers expertise across IP, commercial issues and image rights”.

Martin Ochs is recognised as a Next Generation Lawyer for Music and other recommended lawyers are Partners Callum Galbraith, Simon Gallant and Christopher Hutchings.


We are pleased to see our “privacy, defamation and reputation management” expertise mentioned in The Legal 500’s Sport category. Our team is made up of “highly experienced partners who have worked both in and for sports organisations” and Christopher Hutchings is noted for his first rate defamation and reputation management advice.

Hamlins’ continued success in the legal directories

In this year’s directories, Hamlins has achieved great success. A total of 15 practice areas are ranked in The Legal 500 including dispute resolution, real estate, corporate and brand management. You can see our full directory listings at The Legal 500 2020 and Chambers and Partners.

Commenting on the rankings, Hamlins Senior Partner Joseph Holder said: “We are delighted that these results continue to acknowledge the breadth and quality of our service. It is always good to receive such complimentary feedback from our clients, and we would like to thank them for taking the time to participate in the research.”

To find out more about our defamation and reputation management offering, please contact Head of Media, Christopher Hutchings.

Hamlins’ media offering ranked highly in the leading legal directories


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