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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’.

    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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    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

    ‘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

    ‘Christopher Hutchings (Leading Individual), 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 Testimonial - Reputation Management

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

    Chambers and Partners 2021 - Defamation/Reputation Management

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

    Legal 500 2020 Testimonial - Reputation Management - Testimonial

    Christopher Hutchings is a ‘stand-out individual’.

    Legal 500 2020 - Reputation Management - Testimonial

    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 and Partners 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.’

    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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