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    James works in the media team and advises and works on phone hacking litigation, both in terms of individual claimant work and as part of the Lead Solicitor team for the litigation against News Group Newspapers Ltd.  James also works on libel and privacy cases and, for example, recently assisted on the preliminary issues trial on behalf of Hamlins’ client Triplark Ltd against Northwood Hall (Freehold) Ltd et al.  As a litigator, James is committed to ensuring that his advice to clients is clear, practical, and accessible and that they achieve a positive outcome to their claims.

    James read History at Exeter University before completing his Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course. He completed his training contract with a London based firm in September 2019 and, on qualification, joined Hamlins’ Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property Team as an Associate.


    ‘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

    ‘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


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