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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

Hamlins LLP is ‘a key firm in the phone-hacking litigation’, where it acts for various claimants against News Group Newspapers. The work is led by department head Christopher Hutchings, who is ‘excellent at client care’; he also acted for a couple who sued Channel 5 for breach of privacy following the broadcaster filming them being evicted from their home in TV programme Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away; represented Vic Reeves in phone-hacking claims against Mirror Group Newspapers and News Group Newspapers; and acted for Ziauddin Yousafzai in a libel action against Asian broadcaster Ary. Senior consultant Andrew Stephenson is highly regarded; he recently advised Random House Group on pre-publication matters and libel issues relating to publications. Eddie Jordan, Simon Clegg, Ceva Animal Health and Ralf Little are also clients.

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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 is ‘pre-eminent in the area of protecting the public performance rights of musicians and record labels’. The team acted for PRS For Music and Phonographic Performance Limited in a case against CGK Trading and others seeking an injunction, damages and additional damages for copyright infringement. Head of media, entertainment and IP Christopher Hutchings is noted for his expertise in defamation and privacy, and also advises a wide range of media clients on commercial issues and image rights. Recently promoted partner Martin Ochs focuses on contentious music and copyright litigation and is ‘tenacious, well-organised, hardworking and intelligent’. Video Performance Limited (VPL), TRAP (Trademark & Rightsholders Against Piracy), Bravado International Group, Laurence Aston and Red Hot Chilli Peppers are also clients. Julian Ward joined Lee & Thompson LLP in 2017. Senior associate Hayley Devlin is also recommended. Former team head Laurence Gilmore has retired.

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