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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’s is β€˜a strong, dedicated, mid-sized team offering excellent levels of service’. The firm’s disputes work includes banking, derivatives, shareholder disputes and insolvency; professional negligence; commercial disputes in the motor industry; and breach of warranty claims. The practice is also experienced in marine litigation; loan instrument disputes; and reputation management. Stephen King β€˜brings his calm reassuring experience to bear’; Richard Manyon is β€˜an excellent, confident performer’; and Dominic Crossley is a key contact. Senior associate Ane Vernon is β€˜meticulous and fights hard for clients’.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

The team at Payne Hicks Beach provides β€˜excellent, quick and clear advice. It does not just find problems but actually focuses on finding solutions’; it is β€˜an impressive practice that is acting in high-value and prestigious cases, and handles both onshore and offshore work well’. The β€˜very astute and pragmatic’ Stephen King heads the department and is β€˜terrific with clients’. Richard Manyon β€˜has great presence and is tactically and strategically very savvy, with a razor-sharp intellect’. Robert Brodrick has β€˜huge amounts of experience’, and Dominic Crossley is β€˜very clever’. Senior associate Ane Vernon is β€˜tenacious in pursuing the best possible outcome for her clients and has an excellent manner, always going the extra mile to put them at ease’. The team is acting for Swiss trustees in a substantial breach of trust claim involving complex cross-border and conflict of law issues, concerning alleged excessive distributions by the former trustees.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

Payne Hicks Beach has notable expertise in the private client space, and the firm regularly handles reputation management and privacy matters for clients such as Steve Coogan and Richard Lyttelton. The β€˜faultless’ department is led by the β€˜strategically smart’ Dominic Crossley, whose recent work includes representing Issam Khorani in a high-profile libel and harassment dispute relating to anonymous internet comments and public demonstrations, advising the Dowler Family on media interest and harassment issues, and acting for Nelson Piquet Jr in a libel matter. Other names to note include Sarah Webb, who has β€˜sound mature judgement, concern for the client’s needs and an ability to put forward arguments in a robust yet respectful way’; assistant solicitors Andrew Willan and Emily Gailey; and Hanna Basha, who joined from Hill Dickinson LLP in 2017.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Sailing, equestrian sports and motorsport are the core strengths of Payne Hicks Beach’s team, which is headed by Jonathan Gatward. Consultant and sailing expert Richard Butcher acted for Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation on a fundraising collaboration with the Royal Yachting Association, and on an agreement with the 1851 Trust for a sailing project to encourage young people to sail. He also advised Olympic sailors Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves on a sponsorship agreement with Pensato Capital. Litigator Dominic Crossley has longstanding experience in representing high-profile individuals in harassment, defamation and breach of privacy cases. Equestrian specialist Sarah Webb is recommended for commercial litigation. Defamation, privacy and breach of confidence expert Hanna Basha joined from Hill Dickinson LLP in May 2017.

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