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    Chris is a Partner in the Media Disputes department.

    Chris is recognised by the legal directories as a leading expert in privacy and defamation and is head of our firm’s Media Disputes 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’.

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

    Chris is recognised by Legal 500 as a Leading Individual for reputation management and as a Recommended Lawyer for music and for sport.

    Chris is recommended by Spears 500 2022 Reputation Management index.

     

    In The Press

    Private: 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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    Private: 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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    Private: 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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    Recommendations

    ‘Christopher Hutchings is a very knowledgeable lawyer who is able to communicate and make the client understand the complexities of the case.’

    Chambers and Partners 2023

    ‘The Hamlins team kept me updated at every step and managed my claim effectively and efficiently. Chris Hutchings, Sarah Daniel and Tom Forshaw set out my options clearly, provided tailored advice for each stage of my claim, and ultimately achieved an outcome which I was very pleased with.’

    Neale Easterby, Artist Manager and Founder of Empire Artist Management

    ‘Chris, Jim and Daniel from Hamlins have been truly brilliant to work with, it was all so easy and stress free. A great team, I highly recommend using them!’

    Sally Cradock, former radio and music publicist for the renowned rock group Ocean Colour Scene

    ‘Chris Hutchings, Jim Turner and Daniel Shaw at Hamlins have been an incredible team. They made the process for my case so easy, I would highly recommend them to fight anyone’s corner! Thank you guys.’

    Steve Cradock, songwriter, producer and guitarist for Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller and The Specials

    ‘The Hamlins team have been excellent throughout. In fact, Chris, James and Mike unequivocally rock! Calm, astute, friendly, patient, and above all expert. Great team, great job, great result. Heartfelt thanks.’

    Toby B, Global Communications Consultant

    ‘Chris, Sarah, Isabelle and Charlie were a brilliant team to work with, from beginning to end of my case. Thorough, generous with their expertise, and always prompt to respond to any question I had, I believe their hard work and good judgment resulted in the best possible outcome for me.’

    Clara Goldsmith, Former Artist Manager

    ‘I’d like to say a huge thank you to my Hamlins team, Christopher, James and Isabelle, and when I say ‘my team’, that’s exactly how it felt throughout this whole process. Being part of this team gave me a feeling of confidence, understanding and protection from ‘the bad guys’ from day one to the conclusion of my case. All issues and elements were explained to me in a way that allowed me to understand the nuances of my case. Bravo to you guys and thank you for working so tirelessly on my behalf. Love you and the work you do guys, thank you!’

    Richard Perry, radio plugger

    ‘Every step of the way, the Hamlins team, Chris Hutchings, James Downes and Mike Green, have been exceptional. Their diligence, professionalism, tenacity and client care has been outstanding and they have treated me with warmth and the utmost respect. They put their heart and soul into my case, reassuring and supporting me during a difficult process, which was pivotal to achieving an overwhelmingly satisfactory result.’

    Briggy Smale, former Radio 1 and MTV presenter

    ‘I would like to thank the team, Sarah Daniel and Isabelle Sands working with partner Chris Hutchings, for such a great outcome to my phone hacking case against Mirror Group Newspapers. They managed to achieve a swift and successful outcome,  and I am delighted with the result.’

    Miranda Raison, actress

    ‘Chris, along with James and Isabelle at Hamlins, made a potentially daunting action, incredibly straightforward. They explain everything so thoroughly and I would not hesitate to use them again. Common Sense, trustworthy and reassuring legal advice from experts who are lovely to deal with.’

    Anonymous UK National Broadcaster

    ‘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

    ‘Callum Galbraith, Christopher Hutchings and Andrew Stephenson are extremely impressive libel lawyers and provided me with first class advice and guidance throughout my claim against Associated Newspapers Limited. Their warmth and empathy at a difficult time for me was greatly appreciated.’

    Lord Sheikh

    ‘Chris Hutchings and his team provide clear, concise advice often in complex areas. They explain everything with clarity, warmth and total trust.’

    Legal 500 2022

    ‘Chris Hutchings and his team were fantastic from the very first phone call, which gave me enormous confidence in their abilities. I really struggled to find a practice that understood what we wanted to do until I found Hamlins LLP.’

    Legal 500 2022

    ‘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

    Christopher Hutchings is noted for his extensive experience in reputation management matters including defamation and privacy disputes.

    Chambers and Partners 2021

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

    Legal 500 2020

    Christopher Hutchings is a ‘stand-out individual’.

    Legal 500 2020

    ‘He is incredibly good. He is very well organised and gets things done.’

    Chambers and Partners 2019

    Noted for his ‘sensible, commercial advice’ and ‘particularly good knowledge of the music business.’

    Legal 500 2019

    ‘Very conscientious and careful as well as knowledgeable and experienced.’

    Chambers and Partners 2018

    ‘Excellent at client care.’

    Legal 500 2017

    ‘An excellent team player’ with ‘shrewd and helpful insights into the Media.’

    Legal 500 2017

    ‘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 am deeply grateful to Christopher Hutchings, Lauren Twidale, Isabelle Sands and everyone at Hamlins who have helped me with my claim. Chris and his team are the most professional and efficient legal team I have ever worked with. I felt understood and supported and was impressed by their deep knowledge, efficiency & clear communication. I highly recommend them to anyone who thinks they are a victim of phone hacking.’

    Rebecca Loos

    ‘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.’

    Ricky Tomlinson

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