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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.


    Phone Hacking Litigation: New claims and mounting speculation over other tabloids

    New cases arising against News Group and Mirror Group Phone hacking lawyers at Hamlins continue to be instructed to bring new claims for invasion of privacy against both News Group (The Sun and The News of the World) and Mirror …

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    ‘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.’

    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 - Reputation Management (ranked: Tier 3)

    ‘Christopher Hutchings, Callum Galbraith and Andrew Stephenson are experts in this field and are highly committed to ensuring that the best judgements are made in their clients’ interests, which means no slavishly being prepared to do anything the clients want. They weigh the options very thoughtfully and give sound and balanced advice.’

    Legal 500 2021 - Reputation Management (ranked: Tier 3)

    ‘Callum Galbraith is excellent at communicating position, time frames and choices in a concise manner and is very friendly and approachable at all times.’

    Legal 500 2020 - Reputation Management - Testimonial

    Callum Galbraith is said to be a ‘stand-out individual’.

    Legal 500 2020 - Reputation Management - Testimonial

    ‘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!’

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    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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