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    Alex is a Partner in our Media Disputes department.

    He advises on all legal areas relating to reputation management with particular expertise in defamation, privacy and harassment claims. Alex has acted for many high profile figures, particularly in the sports and entertainment sectors, and he has a wealth of experience in dealing with disputes involving social media and online reputational issues.


    Alex is recognised by Chambers and Partners as a Ranked Lawyer for defamation/reputation management.

    Alex is recognised as a Rising Star by Spears 500 2022 Reputation Management index.

    Alex is recognised by Legal 500 as a Recommended Lawyer for reputation management.

    In The Press

    Channel 5 apology and substantial damages paid to Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! victims

    Channel 5 has today made a public apology to our clients Julie Kelly and Keith Wain for the misuse of their private information in respect of the filming, making and multiple broadcasts of an episode of the television programme, Can’t …

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    “My gratitude and sincerest thanks to Hamlins and in particular Alex Cochrane and Jim Turner for the exemplary advice and first-class service provided which has resulted in the success of my unlawful information gathering case. The whole case was handled with diligence and professionalism which undoubtedly resulted in the excellent outcome achieved. I would not hesitate to recommend Hamlins.”

    Sir David Richards, former Chairman of the FA Premier League

    ‘He is very sharp and knows his game inside out, holding the client’s hand the whole way through.’

    Chambers and Partners 2022

    ‘I am so pleased Channel 5 has publicly apologised to us to today for the serious invasion of our privacy. The programme has caused us great distress and I feel that we can now start to put this behind us.  I would like to thank the fantastic Hamlins Media Disputes department – in particular Alex Cochrane, Lauren Twidale, Daniel Shaw, Meera Khunti and Anna Seal – for fighting our corner and obtaining justice on our behalf’.

    Private individual

    ‘From our initial meeting to our final communications after receiving our long and hard-fought for damages, the entire team at Hamlins has been nothing less than exemplary. Every email has been answered promptly and efficiently, every phone call handled professionally. Meeting Alex and the team on numerous occasions has proved them to be empathetic, understanding, professional and driven to get the right and just result. We were anxious before our first meeting but Alex, Lauren, Meera and Anna were all extremely friendly, professional and understanding of the horrible experiences we had received from C5. Those feelings were swept aside in minutes. The level of respect and understanding we were treated with was first-rate. Having had bad service from solicitors in the past, we can honestly say that Hamlins are in a class of their own. We would recommend them without hesitation.’

    Stuart and Clare Marler (private individuals)

    ‘Hamlins LLP and in particular Alex Cochrane, Lauren Twidale and Meera Khunti in their Media Team, made the process of my claim very simple. I felt supported and that they acted in my best interests at all times. A truly professional and personable team who I would highly recommend.’

    Laurun Potts (private individual)

    ‘Alexander Cochrane is a senior associate who is noted for his expertise in advising claimants on a wide range of critical reputational matters including defamation and privacy issues.’ Sources say ‘he’s a very capable lawyer’ who ‘is very experienced and very strategic in his advice’.

    Chambers and Partners 2021

    ‘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.’

    Chambers and Partners 2020

    ‘Alex Cochrane brings with him a wealth of knowledge from previous firms. Very strategic approach.’

    Legal 500 2020

    ‘Alex Cochrane is considered by interviewees to be a “technically excellent lawyer” who “knows his law and is extremely good with clients”.  He advises clients on all aspects of reputation management, including defamation, privacy and harassment claims.’

    Chambers and Partners 2019

    ‘The extremely able and astute Alex Cochrane has considerable experience in handling defamation and privacy-related litigation.  He has been active in phone hacking litigation and frequently acts on matters related to online libel and harassment.’

    Chambers and Partners 2018

    ‘Alex Cochrane gains clients’ trust through a mixture of an authoritative yet friendly personality, coupled with outstanding legal expertise’.

    Legal 500 2017

    ‘Despite my anxiety surrounding the case, the team at Hamlins made my experience as smooth and stress free as possible. Alex Cochrane was particularly helpful, with his reassuring manner and gentle professionalism. I have no hesitation in recommending Hamlins to future clients.’

    Lisa Rogers, former actress and television presenter

    ‘Having worked with solicitors before, where the press are concerned, the utter relief when I had my initial meeting with Alex Cochrane was fantastic. He knows his job, knows how to conduct himself with somebody who has had a horrific time and knows how to win! I am very grateful to Alex and also Isabelle Sands, who was an absolute pleasure to work with, as well as the wider Hamlins team, and I would not hesitate to recommend them.’

    Natalie Cecil

    ‘I am delighted that NGN has apologised for the very serious invasion of my privacy. I cannot thank Hamlins enough for so professionally and diligently representing me to achieve this result. I would like to especially thank Alex Cochrane, who dealt with this sensitive matter with the utmost compassion and grace, making me feel prioritised and valued. Though my faith in humanity has been challenged many times, it is, surprisingly, easily restored by simple acts of honesty and integrity, like those of Alex and the Hamlins team, who were, always, kinder than necessary.’

    Anouska de Georgiou, Model, Actor and Media Personality

    ‘It has been a real pleasure working with Alex Cochrane and the Hamlins team on this project. Your professional and kind approach was very much appreciated as well as your efficiency and attention to detail. I’d like to thank you for all your hard work in bringing this to a successful conclusion.’

    Jacqueline Gold CBE, Businesswoman and Entrepreneur

    ‘I want to thank Alex Cochrane and the Hamlins team for the excellent way in which they handled my case. Alex is exceptionally professional, supportive and informed. Offering clarity throughout the process and working diligently to provide me with the best possible outcome, I felt in safe professional hands at all times and highly recommend Hamlins.’

    Melinda Messenger, television presenter

    ‘I’m incredibly grateful to Alex Cochrane and the team at Hamlins for achieving a successful outcome to my phone hacking claim. Alex was great to work with: thorough and concise, and always easy to reach via email and phone. From the very first conversation I felt I was in very capable hands working with Alex. His warmth and compassion readily shines through. I can’t recommend him enough!’

    John O’Sullivan, former aide to Royal Household

    ‘Alex Cochrane and the team at Hamlins were effective, reliable and incredibly efficient. The whole process of my case was dealt with in the most efficient and professional way. I was always able to speak to them at any point and I am very very happy with the outcome.’

    Princess Tamara Czartoryski

    ‘I highly recommend Hamlins LLP.  Alex Cochrane and his team were highly professional and transparent throughout the whole process.  I would not hesitate to recommend them to my friends and colleagues.’

    Jakki Degg, model

    ‘Alex and the team at Hamlins have been superb, managing my claim to a very successful outcome and the whole thing ran like clockwork.’

    Danny Murphy, former Liverpool and England footballer

    ‘My experience of Hamlins has been nothing short of excellent. Throughout the 3 years of working with them, Chris and Alex (and the rest of the team) guided me through the process with patience and diligence. I followed their advice and reached a fantastic outcome in my cases. Thank you Hamlins!’

    Patrick Walden, lead guitarist in the band Babyshambles

    ‘I was really delighted with the efficient way that Alex, Chris and the rest of the team at Hamlins dealt with my claim – it was professional and timely and executed in a way that was understandable to a non-lawyer!’

    Noel Fielding, comedian

    ‘I can’t thank Alex and the rest of the team at Hamlins enough for their absolutely sterling work.’

    Rhodri Giggs

    ‘Alex conducted my case with considerable skill to a very successful outcome.  I would like to thank him and the wider Hamlins team for the expertise and professionalism they have shown throughout.’

    Kenny Logan, retired Scottish rugby union player

    ‘Hamlins couldn’t have provided a better service. They were dealing with a potentially sensitive issue on my behalf and continually made me feel comfortable and listened to. Alex Cochrane was both practical and supportive and the whole process was very straight forward with a more than satisfactory resolution.’

    Miranda Raison, actress

    ‘Alex, thank you for everything that you did during this case, the step by step guidance from you has been fantastic and the confidence and trust that you have from myself is at the very highest mark I could give.’

    Matt Ginvert, sports agent

    Work Highlights

      • Alex has worked on a large number of complex libel disputes, with a particular highlight being the successful claim international cricketer Chris Cairns brought against Indian businessman Lalit Modi in what was the UK’s first Twitter libel (“Twibel”) trial.
      • Alex has obtained injunctions for high-net-worth individuals in respect of urgent privacy and harassment matters, including an anonymised injunction to prevent the distribution of intimate photographs of a client.
      • Alex has represented, and continues to represent, a large number of claimants in the phone hacking litigation against both News Group Newspapers Ltd and Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd recovering substantial damages payments for his clients.
      • Alex heads up our team that deals with intrusive ‘fly-on-the-wall’ television programmes, including seeking to prevent broadcasts at very short notice. He has successfully brought several claims, and continues to do so, for misuse of private information against Channel 5 in respect of the television programme Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away!


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