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Christopher Hutchings

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Hamlins LLP

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Chris is a partner and the head of Hamlins’ media and reputation-management group. His main areas of practice are defamation, privacy and confidentiality. He is also a recognised expert on social media and online content, and provides pre-publication advice to publishers on a range of media-related legal issues. Recent case highlights include successfully acting for the claimant in Sloutsker v Romanova, obtaining libel damages of £110,000, being one of the highest awards of recent years. He also acted for one of the representative claimants in the first phone-hacking civil trial against Mirror Group Newspapers in 2015. Chris’ team are now Lead Solicitors in the current round of phonehacking claims against News Group Newspapers. Clients include Eddie Jordan, Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) and various corporate clients.


Trained Carter-Ruck (1990-2000), made associate and then partner; founded media team at Charles Russell 2000-03; co-founded Mlaw 2003-10; partner Hamlins LLP 2010 to date.


Southampton University (BSc 2(1)); College of Law (LLB).


Art, gardens and music.

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Leading individuals

Christopher Hutchings - Hamlins LLP

Within: Reputation management

The ‘very committed’ media team at Hamlins LLP acts for a range of claimant in libel and data protection claims, and assists corporate clients and executives with reputation management matters including preventing publication, online issues and the right to be forgotten. Christopher Hutchings  is representing various claimants against News Group Newspapers. The ‘experienced, calm and practicalSimon Gallant  joined the team from Gallant Maxwell.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Hamlins LLP delivers ‘sensible, commercial advice’ and the team has ‘particularly good knowledge of the music business’. It is particularly noted for its experience in contentious music cases, and music merchandising sector disputes. Music head Martin Ochs leads the contentious music and IP litigation practice, is a ‘sensible commercial litigator who knows how to get the best result for his clients’, and regularly advises PPL and PRS For Music on numerous cases. Ochs is also representing Bravado International Group and Danilo Promotions on claims relating to unofficial music calendars alleging infringement of image rights and unfair competition against a number of defendants. TRAP (Trademark and Rightsholders against Piracy) is also a key client. Protecting and exploiting IP rights within the music, entertainment and media sectors is a key area of focus which has been bolstered by the arrival of consultant Simon Gallant from Gallant Maxwell. Gallant acts for a number of publishers such as the Jewish Chronicle, Euromoney Publications and Bonnier Zeffre on litigation, IP and data protection matters. Media head Christopher Hutchings is active on defamation and privacy cases, and also advises on commercial issues and image rights. Senior associate Hayley Devlin is also noted.

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Within: Sport

Noted for its ever-growing strength in alternative and short-format sports, the team at Hamlins LLP  is also regularly active in football, motorsports and cricket. Group head Matthew Pryke acted for the ECB on the corporate structuring, operations and venue arrangements for the 2019 Cricket World Cup; he also continued to advise MTB Ventures on structuring, growing and broadcasting its Tie Break Tens tennis series, including events in Australia and New York that involved such players as Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and the Williams sisters. Sports media and content provider La Liga Lowdown instructed Pryke on structuring and securing various rights, involving negotiations with high-profile figures in Spanish football. Other clients include UK Sport, Locura Adventures and sports management agency B66 Group. Christopher Hutchings is recommended for reputation management and defamation work.

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