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Chris is media Partner in the EMIP department.

Chris is recognised by the legal directories as a leading expert in privacy and defamation and is head of our firm’s Entertainment, Media and IP (EMIP) team.

He has specialised in media law for 28 years, acting for individual and corporate clients both as claimants and defendants, in leading privacy and libel cases including Douglas v Hello! and recently Ali v Channel 5.

Chris has also a wealth of experience in pre-action reputation management, successfully preventing publication of damaging allegations or private information and data of his clients.

His team are increasingly instructed on issues concerning online publication, including social media, and have significant experience in persuading search engines to remove material based on the developing ‘right to be forgotten’.

In The Press

Christopher Hutchings featured as lawyer of the week in Law Society Gazette

Media partner Christopher Hutchings has been featured as lawyer of the week in Law Society Gazette on 5th March 2018 in light of his recent win in a landmark case against Channel 5. The case for invasion of privacy on …

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Hamlins obtain permission to Appeal in privacy case against Channel 5 for show “Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!”

Hamlins have now obtained permission to Appeal, in respect of damages only, in Mr Ali and Mrs Aslam’s leading privacy case against Channel 5 for the show “Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!” Hamlins’ clients were successful at Trial before …

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In The Press

Hamlins now represents over 90 phone hacking victims in our role as lead solicitor in phone hacking litigation against News Group Newspapers

Hamlins, as the Lead Solicitor for Claimants in the phone-hacking litigation against The Sun and the News of the World now represent over 90 phone-hacking victims bringing claims against the News of the World and The Sun for unlawful information …

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‘Top notch defamation and privacy specialists, smoothly managed by the urbane and diplomatic Chris Hutchings.’

Legal 500 2020 - Reputation Management - Testimonial

Christopher Hutchings is a ‘stand-out individual’.

Legal 500 2020 - Reputation Management - Testimonial

Christopher Hutchings (noteable practitioner – band 3) is noted for his extensive experience in reputation management matters including defamation and privacy disputes.

Chambers and Partners 2020, Defamation/Reputation Management

Chris is recommended in Chambers 2019 in which clients say ‘He is incredibly good. He is very well organised and gets things done.’

Chambers 2019

Christopher is listed as a leading individual and noted in the Legal 500 2019 for his ‘sensible, commercial advice’ and ‘particularly good knowledge of the music business.’

Legal 500 2019

Chris is recommended in Chambers 2018 in which clients describe him as ‘very conscientious and careful as well as knowledgeable and experienced.’

Chambers 2018

Christopher is listed as a leading individual and noted in the Legal 500 2017 for being ‘excellent at client care’ and for his reputation management work.

Legal 500 2017

In Chambers 2017, Chris is praised for being ‘an excellent team player’ with ‘shrewd and helpful insights into the Media.’

In the legal 500 2016 Chris is recommended for his expertise in reputation management and media and entertainment. In particular, he is noted for his ‘considerable expertise’ in voicemail interception litigation.

A ‘great diplomat’. (Legal 500 2015)

the key figure in the practice, attracting praise for his ‘dogged determination’ and ‘sound judgement’. A highlight was representing Ifran Qadir in a high-profile libel case against the Mail on Sunday.’(Legal 500 2013)

Previous recognition

‘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!’

Client recommendation

I was introduced to Hamlins by a colleague/friend.  I engaged them to act for me in a phone hacking claim.  I found the team to be professional, friendly and approachable at every stage.  They quickly made enquiries and found evidence that there had indeed, been unacceptable interference in my privacy.  Within a very short period I was awarded compensation and an appropriate apology.  I was extremely pleased with the outcome.  In particular, I would like to thank Christopher Hutchings, Ellen Gallagher and Maisie Long for their diligence and enthusiasm in their pursuit for justice on my behalf.

Client recommendation


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