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Christopher Hutchings

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www.hamlins.co.uk/people/christopher-hutchings-2
Hamlins LLP

Work Department

EMIP (media team).

Position

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.

Career

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.

Education

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

Leisure

Art, gardens and music.


London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Leading individuals

Christopher Hutchings - Hamlins LLP

Within: Reputation management

Hamlins LLP focuses its 'very high-standard' media team almost entirely on  the claimant side, for example acting for Labour MPs, corporate individuals and sportspeople. The firm also acted as lead solicitor in phone hacking litigation against News Group Newspapers including preparation for a handful of trials. The team has been growing steadily under the leadership of the 'urbane and diplomatic' Christopher Hutchings: Callum Galbraith, who joined the firm from Russells Solicitors in 2018, brings particular expertise in resolving pre-publication disputes to the table. In April 2019, the team also welcomed senior associate Alex Cochrane 'with a wealth of knowledge' from Brett Wilson LLP.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport

Within: Sport

Hamlins LLP's sports group, which is made up of 'highly experienced partners who have worked both in and for sports organisations', handles a wide ambit of commercial work, spanning sponsorship agreements, media rights sales, IP, event staging and football transfer deals. Practice head Matthew Pryke - 'a genuine market leader' - has helped clients to structure and launch a number of sports series and events, while partner Christopher Hutchings specialises in privacy, defamation and reputation management.

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