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    Callum is a Partner in the Media and Entertainment team.

    He has in depth experience of the media and entertainment industries and is therefore adept at responding to and dealing with the wide range of disputes within this sector. Callum has worked in media since the start of his career and has acted for high profile figures from, in particular, the music industry. A major part of his practice has focused on protecting the reputations and private lives of those in the public eye and media glare from intrusion and harassment.


    Callum has obtained landmark damages for his clients (winning over £1 million in phone hacking damages) and a number of widely reported public apologies and judgments. He is equally proud of his achievements in the prevention of publication or dissemination of true or false information (through injunctive relief where necessary) achieved through an assertive and carefully considered approach. Acting with discretion and building long-lasting relationships are key objectives and his work has been commended in the legal directories on a number of occasions.

    His media practice includes advising and taking action in respect of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, the Data Protection Act 1998, copyright infringement, passing off and breach of confidence claims. He is an expert in dealing with disputes arising out of publications on social media.

    As an entertainment litigator, Callum has successfully pursued numerous copyright claims (including royalty audits and songwriting disputes) and contractual claims (such as management, publishing and recording contract disputes) for various household names.

    Callum is acting for Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex and Sadie Frost in their unlawful information gathering/ phone hacking claims against Associated Newspapers Limited, publisher of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.

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

    Callum is recognised by Legal 500 as a Recommended Lawyer for reputation management and for music.

    Callum is recommended by Spears 500 Reputation Management index.


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    ‘He has a significant grasp of the intricacies of dealing with entertainment clients from a management perspective and contributes his skills in this field to great effect.’

    Chambers & Partners 2024

    ‘Callum can actually herd cats. Hats off to him, it’s a skill I didn’t think anyone had’

    Chambers & Partners 2024

    ‘Callum Galbraith has a brilliant legal mind and can herd cats; a truly great litigator.’

    Legal 500 2024

    ‘Callum Galbraith is a terrific lawyer with unparalleled knowledge of phone hacking and unlawful information gathering claims.’

    Legal 500 2024

    ‘Callum Galbraith – consistently impressive.’

    Legal 500 2024

    ‘I was impressed by the attention to detail of the Hamlins team from the outset. Daniel Shaw, Callum Galbraith, Amelia Adams and the wider team left no stone unturned and kept me updated during every stage of the process. On each occasion we spoke, especially when there was a lot of paperwork and detail to go through, I found their patience, diligence and positivity very reassuring. I would have no hesitation in recommending Hamlins given the exceptional attention and service I was afforded.’

    Kristina Kyriacou, Communications Executive

    ‘Callum Galbraith – a superb lawyer who knows the law in detail, has a strategic eye and understands the big picture. Very impressive when dealing with massive group litigation and staying calm and in control under extremely stressful situations.’

    Legal 500 2023

    ‘Callum Galbraith provides an excellent service. Our conversations are always well informed and well explained.’

    Chambers and Partners 2023

    ‘Callum Galbraith is superb, and the partner behind the unparalleled success of the claimants in the mobile telephone voicemail interception litigation. He is particularly good at strategy, and an all-round superstar.’

    Legal 500 2023

    ‘Callum Galbraith, Daniel Shaw and Austin O’Neill at Hamlins were efficient, encouraging and hugely professional. The entire process was trouble-free, stress-free and made incredibly easy by their expertise and diligence. If anyone fears going forward – you shouldn’t. They have been amazing.’

    Clare Balding CBE & Alice Arnold, Broadcasters and Journalists

    ‘Thank you to Callum, Sarah and Molly for helping me through this process and for securing an outcome I am extremely happy with. They were outstanding, keeping me updated and always taking the time to explain each step in detail. It was wonderful to work with a team that was effective, responsive, thorough and reliable.’

    Sue Barker, television presenter and former professional tennis player

    “Callum Galbraith, Sarah Daniel and Robyn Stapelberg dealt with my claim in a superb manner. Incredibly professional and explained everything fully in an easy to follow manner. I recommend them highly.”

    Ross King, TV presenter, actor & writer

    “I’ll be eternally grateful towards the amazing team at Hamlins that represented me. I’d like to thank Callum Galbraith, Jayne Squire, Jim Turner and Austin O’Neill for their hard work on my case. Throughout the process they kept me updated, promptly responded to my queries and as a result of their diligence and expertise succeeded in obtaining an outcome that I am delighted with!”

    Irina Lazareanu, fashion model, folk singer and author

    “The Hamlins team kept us updated at every step and managed our claim effectively, efficiently and with sensitivity. Callum Galbraith, Jayne Squire and Amelia Adams set out our options clearly, provided tailored advice for each stage of our claim, and achieved an outcome we were very pleased with. Thank you to the team for taking great care of us every step of the way.”

    Mik Whitnall, musician and lead guitarist for 'Babyshambles', and Hannah Whitnall

    ‘He is extremely diligent and tenacious. He also has superb negotiating skills and a friendly and inclusive bedside manner.’

    Chambers and Partners 2022

    ‘Callum Galbraith is outstanding. Highly organised and very switched on. Excellent at strategy.’

    Legal 500 2022

    ‘I’m so grateful to Hamlins for their guidance and sensitive handling of my claim. Despite the emotional difficulty of this process, I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed every consultation with the team and were it not for the terrific result, I almost wish it wouldn’t end. Thank you to Callum, Ellen, Georgia and Ryan.’

    Justin Hawkins, Lead singer and guitarist of The Darkness

    ‘Each individual that I dealt with was friendly and approachable. I never felt talked down to, by anyone. If I didn’t understand something, they would explain it simply without making me feel like a fool. I have a particularly good relationship with Callum Galbraith, and he has taken me through a successful case, and he was always available to explain what was going on.’

    Legal 500 2021

    Work Highlights

      • Fernandez-Versini v National Magazine Company Limited (2014) – privacy and data protection claim.
      • Fernandez-Versini v Hearst (2014) – privacy and data protection claim.
      • Campbell v Campbell (2016) regarding the rights to the UB40 band name.
      • Gillan & Ors v HEC Enterprises Limited & Ors (2016) regarding the recording and publishing rights to the Deep Purple back catalogue.
      • Kirsty Gallagher v News Group Newspapers Limited (2016/7) – privacy, libel and data protection claim.
      • Patsy Kensit v MGN Limited (2017) – phone hacking claim.
      • Ian Wright v News Group Newspapers Limited (2018) – phone hacking claim.


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