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Dominic Crossley

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Payne Hicks Beach

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Dispute Resolution/Privacy and Media Law


Dominic specialises in the law of privacy/breach of confidence, defamation and harassment but his practice covers a range of different legal issues. Dominic has acted in leading cases for well-known actors, preeminent businesspeople, prominent politicians, sportspersons and musicians. Dominic’s work is often highly confidential however instructions in the public domain include: the Leveson Inquiry (he acted for all 53 “Core Participant Victims”), Max Mosley’s claim against News Group Newspapers, Issam Hourani’s recent successful libel claim and the settlement of Steve Coogan’s phone hacking claim.

In addition to his experience in media litigation, Dominic’s background is in commercial/civil litigation and he has handled high value disputes on behalf of large corporations, educational and sporting institutions, public sector bodies and entrepreneurs.  Cases include those relating to breach of contract, judicial review, breach of trust, breach of warranty, professional negligence, commercial agency and intellectual property.  He has acted in regulatory disputes, both in sport and other sectors


Partner at Payne Hicks Beach since 2014



London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Payne Hicks Beach is 'a fine niche firm carrying out high-profile litigation'. Its disputes work includes the finance, automobile media and hotels sectors. Other areas of strength include professional negligence, breach of warranty claims, property loan instrument disputes, defamation, judicial review and civil fraud. The practice acted for Valhalla in a claim against Coutts & Co, which related to the mis-sale of an interest rate hedging product. The recommended names are dispute resolution head Stephen King, Richard Manyon and Dominic Crossley; and senior associate Ane Vernon is 'a meticulous lawyer who will really fight her client’s corner'. Defamation, privacy and breach of confidence specialist Hanna Basha recently joined from Hill Dickinson LLP.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Payne Hicks Beach¬†¬†is ‚Äėregularly involved in very significant disputes both on the beneficiary and trustee side and continues to successfully build its reputation in this area‚Äô. Richard Manyon¬† is a ‚Äėrising superstar with tremendous intellect and a lot of commercial nous‚Äô and the ‚Äėhugely knowledgeable and experienced‚Äô¬†Stephen King¬† is ‚Äėgreat to have on your side and never misses anything‚Äô. Rosamond McDowell¬†provides ‚Äėsound and accessible advice to clients and always goes the extra mile for them‚Äô and Dominic Crossley¬† ‚Äėreally fights his clients‚Äô corner and remains calm under pressure while adding considerable value both tactically and legally‚Äô.¬†Ane Vernon¬†is a ‚Äėvery capable lawyer who builds up an excellent rapport with her clients who trust her implicitly‚Äô and Emily Stoneham¬†is also a ‚Äėstrong solicitor with good drafting skills‚Äô. The team continues to act for a Swiss trustee in relation to a substantial breach of trust claim over alleged excessive distributions by the former trustees.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

Payne Hicks Beach acts for high-net-worth individuals, commercial organisations and publishers. Dominic Crossley led the team advising Max Mosley on media and data protection issues. Hanna Basha  and Nick Grant  joined the team from Hill Dickinson LLP; Hanna's work includes acting for Everton FC in relation to various media issues including the removal of allegations printed by the Telegraph and securing apologies for allegations which were broadcast and appeared in the press. Sarah Webb has retired.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Traditionally strong in sailing, equestrian sports and motorsports, Payne Hicks Beach's practice has been increasingly active in football and boxing thanks to the arrival of Hanna Basha from Hill Dickinson LLP in 2017; she is an expert in defamation, privacy and data protection, and advised Everton FC on several media-related issues. Her other clients include boxing luminaries Frank Bruno and Don King. Sailing expert Jonathan Gatward heads the department; Sarah Webb is recommended for equestrian matters, particularly horse transaction contracts. Dominic Crossley is recommended for litigation, and is especially experienced in motorsports. DNAFit, Pineapple Dance Studios and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation are longstanding clients of the team; Kalle Sauerland is a recent client win.

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