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Hamlins LLP
1 Kingsway

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Music Tier 2

Under the leadership of Martin Ochs, Hamlins LLP is a go-to firm for festival organisers and leading UK music collecting societies, such as the Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) and the Performing Right Society (PRS), on all contentious music requirements. The team further handles the protection and exploitation of IP rights within the music space, and boasts a broad client roster comprising various musicians, publishers, talent managers, film composers, authors and celebrities.

Practice head(s):

Martin Ochs

Other key lawyers:

Callum Galbraith; Christopher Hutchings


‘In-depth expertise of IP law.’

‘Martin Ochs is smart and user friendly.’

‘The firm has unrivalled knowledge of sound recording and music publishing copyright as well as immense experience of enforcement by obtaining default judgments for injunctions and enforcing them by committal applications.’

‘Martin Ochs is knowledgeable, pragmatic and very commercial.’

Key clients



PPL PRS Limited

George Lowden Guitars

Trademark & Rightsholders Against Piracy (TRAP)

David Nicoll

Bravado International Group

Justin Hawkins


Sharleen Spiteri

All Media Music

Warner Music Group

Adam Ficek

Rafferty Law

Work highlights

  • Advising Lowden Guitars on brand management and on its collaboration with Ed Sheeran for the Sheeran by Lowden brand, which included the protection of IP and ownership structure.
  • Advice to TRAP on anti-counterfeiting, prosecution and online brand protection measures for TRAP Worldwide.
  • Advising PPL PRS Limited, the joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music, on public performance licensing and the collection of royalties for the industry.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 3

The media dispute department at Hamlins LLP works for a range of high-profile clients across print and digital media, where it is instructed in precedent-setting defamation and privacy cases. In addition, the team advises public and private figures on pre-publication issues, as well as libel and privacy law. Practice head Christopher Hutchings has over 30 years of experience in media litigation, particularly in regard to libel and privacy cases. Callum Galbraith is an expert in supporting high-profile individuals with defamation and privacy issues.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Hutchings

Other key lawyers:

Callum Galbraith; Ellen Gallagher; Lauren Twidale; Sarah Daniel


‘Christopher Hutchings has been a fantastic lawyer to work with. Clear, professional, trustworthy and professional.’

‘The striking difference was the proactive nature of the practice.’

‘Callum Galbraith – consistently impressive.’

‘Callum Galbraith and Ellen Gallagher are two terrific lawyers with unparalleled knowledge of phone hacking and unlawful information gathering claims.’

‘The media team is a simply fantastic group of lawyers. Despite being the lead solicitor in one of the group litigation actions for hacking, they have strength and depth which comes through in their focus on every libel action they act in. Amazing culture combining client focus and effective litigation.’

‘Ellen Gallagher combines stellar legal knowledge with pragmatic advice.’

‘Christopher Hutchings is brilliant; he devotes time and care to ensure he really understands his client’s aims and needs and is genuinely invested in getting them the best possible result.’

‘Callum Galbraith has a brilliant legal mind and can herd cats; a truly great litigator.’

Key clients

Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex

Sadie Frost

Davinia Douglass

Melanie Chisholm (‘Mel C’)

Melanie Brown (‘Mel B’)

Paul Seeley

Jewish Chronicle

The Lord Watson of Wyre Forest

Ricky Tomlinson

David Cunningham

Alison Owen

Irina Lazareanu

Neville Hendricks

Sue Barker

Sally Craddock

Steve Cradock

Natalie Cecil

Catherine Tate

Nicki Chapman

Clare Balding CBE

Work highlights

  • Representing Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, along with Sadie Frost, in an action against Associated Newspapers relating to major unlawful information gathering claims.
  • Successfully represented a National Crime Agency undercover police officer in his libel claim against News Group Newspapers, concerning a false but highly defamatory allegation put to the client during the course of court proceedings in which the client appeared as the arresting officer.
  • Acting for claimants in the MTVIL against News Group Newspapers.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m Tier 4

Steered by corporate finance expert Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood, the team at Hamlins LLP is regularly engaged by entrepreneurs, SMEs and large corporates across a range of sectors. The practice is well regarded for its expertise in the technology and media arenas, in particular. Roger Pointon - who joined the team as a consultant from Hill Dickinson LLP - brings more than 20 years of experience acting on acquisitions, management buy-ins and mergers. Richard Britain left the firm for an in-house role in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Structadene Limited

Hamilton – Pyramid Europe

Ninja Leisure Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hamilton – Pyramid Europe on a new joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) focused on the European hospitality sector. The acquisition of the first asset in the portfolio, hotel W Rome, Italy, completed in 2022.
  • Advising SailGP on the creation of the world’s first entirely fan-owned sports team.
  • Acting for Ninja Leisure Limited, a subsidiary of Burhill Group Limited, in relation to the acquisition of the entire share capital of the company operating Ninja Warrior Adventure Park in Manchester.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 4

Hamlins LLP’s hospitality and leisure team is seen as a ‘go-to’ practice for brand management, site developments and acquisitions, and day-to-day operational issues, including those affecting timeshare-related products. Recent work has involved helping clients navigate lower demand and increased construction and energy costs. Ben Kilshaw leads the team, while commercial disputes and intellectual property specialist Martin Ochs handles the full range of relevant matters, from operational work to international litigation, for hotels and travel-related clients. Previously based in the United Arab Emirates, John Leasure handles portfolio acquisitions and disposals, and refinancing for both landlords and tenants.

Practice head(s):

Ben Kilshaw

Other key lawyers:

Martin Ochs; John Leasure; Stephanie Brown


‘A great personal practice bringing together good quality lawyers, a personal touch, efficiency and good technical knowledge.’

‘John Leasure is a great commercial property lawyer. He understands the detail whilst not losing site of the bigger/commercial picture.’

‘Hamlins has supported the rapid growth of our hospitality offerings and our complex property arrangements. Their team have consistently provided sound advice and legal strategies that have resulted in the successful operation and growth of our business.’

‘We have worked with Ben Kilshaw who has always given excellent advice and feedback regarding our complex property queries.’

‘Hamlins is my go-to firm for reliably smart, clear and concise advice, with industry-leading market knowledge and a highly commercially-aware team focused on getting the best results in a sensible time frame. Unlike other firms we have worked with, advice is presented to us in a way that makes it highly digestible, and results-focused, and goes above and beyond in order to offer us multiple avenues to achieving good results.’

‘I work with Ben Kilshaw and Stephanie Brown, both of whom are very personable, and relationship focused. Both have in-depth knowledge of our past transactions which they bring to each new piece of work and use this to our clear advantage whenever we work together allowing us to very effectively complete transactions in good time. As a business we feel extremally confident in their capable hands.’

‘Hamlins are a good legal firm with good knowledge and commercially minded.’

‘Ben Kilshaw and Stephanie Brown are excellent to work with and have the ability to explain complex matters simply.’

Key clients

Burhill Group

CitizenM Hotels

Ego Restaurants Limited

INKD Limited

Koko (music venue)

Leon Restaurants

Pizza Pilgrims

Pizza Union

Park Plaza Hotels


Roko Health Centres Limited

Rosa’s Thai

The Light Cinema

Lucky Saint

Work highlights

  • Advised The Light Cinema on pre-let agreements for a cinema, bowling and e-karting complex at a redevelopment in Huddersfield Town Centre and a new cinema and bowling and leisure premises at a new development at Redhill Surrey.
  • Advised The Hope Lease on its new leases at Koko following the £70m refurbishment at the iconic music venue at Camden which reopened last spring.
  • Advising Rosa’s Thai on its ongoing expansion.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Hamlins LLP supports a wide-range of clients including property managers, investors, residential leaseholders and commercial landlords and tenants. The team is led by Kate Andrews, who has considerable experience handling leasehold covenants, dilapidations, service charges and rent reviews, alongside other landlord and tenant issues. Andrews is supported by 'truly excellent solicitor' Sarah Finch, a specialist in commercial property disputes arising from issues in blocks of flats.

Practice head(s):

Kate Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Finch; Samantha Gordon


‘Sarah Finch a tactical warrior of a litigator that you want on and by your side. Her mix of patience, tenacity and intellect make her a truly excellent solicitor.’

‘Kate Andrews is great tactician and negotiator who settles the unsettle-able, is hardworking and responsive.’

‘Sarah Finch gives clear advice which is easy for clients to understand and is also tailored to their needs. She sells her clients’ case whilst being realistic about the prospects, risks and limits of the litigation process. She excels in complex and multi-party cases as she both engages with the detail and takes a high-level view when that is in the clients’ best interests.’

‘Kate Andrews is an excellent tactician and amazing with clients; Sarah Finch is very commercial and a major industry player.’

‘Hamlins has a small but highly active and well-regarded property litigation team.’

‘Kate Andrews is one of the best and most experienced property litigation partners in the country. She is immensely business and client-focused and utterly determined to explore every avenue to achieve her clients goals.’

‘The depth of engagement and understanding of our business is noteworthy.’

‘Kate Andrews is top of her game – a fantastically assured operator who wins plaudits from everyone she comes into contact with.’

Key clients


21 Upper Brook Street Limited


78 Wigmore Street Funding Co. Limited


Abbey Commercial Ltd


Acemark Properties Limited

Allvest Company Limited

Antipodean (UK) Limited


Ashtead Estates Limited


Azure Services Ltd & Azure Resorts Ltd


Bakerloo Limited


Basura Restaurants Limited

Beavor Lane LLP


Berger Crest Investments Limited

Bikem Limited

Blenheim Estates Limited

Brindley House RTM Company Limited



Brukaros Ltd


Camberwell Developments Limited

Carlton Real Estates Developments Limited



CDR Nomineeco 1 Limited & CDR Nomineeco 2 Limited


Centrick Commercial Limited

Centrick Limited


Chas Newens Marine Co Limited

Chase Metal Recycling Limited

Cheshire Street Limited

Chiswick Quay Freeholds Limited

Citylake Investments Limited

Civic Centre Ltd


Clockfair Limited


Container Space Limited

Cooley (UK) LLP

Countrywide Project Management Limited







Crystal Wharf Management Company Limited

Cumberland Court Investments Ltd

Cyan Properties Limited

Daejan Investments Limited


Diamond Resorts (Europe) Limited

Dickens Heath Management Company Limited



Dovetail Clerkenwell Ltd

Drone Major Group Limited

Dudrich (Holdings) Limited

Ebury Greencrest LLP


Elstree JV LP

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Limited



Eros Properties Limited

ES Whitefield Limited





Firgate Estates Limited




Fordale Limited

Fortnum Developments Limited

Foxtons Limited



Godwit Haven LLP

Goodpath Limited

GPEA Limited


Grainmarket Properties Ltd




Greencap Limited

Hamilton House Maintenance Limited

Hamilton House RTM Company Limited

Hampstead Residential Limited

Hartsbourne Properties Limited



Highgrade Properties Limited

Hiilife Limited






Indra Prastha Limited

Interpole Limited

Investin Properties Plc

Investin Sheldon Falmouth Developments Limited


James Taylor Homes (Kingston) Limited

Julia RE (U.K.) Limited

Kerri Barwick



L O W House, Leaseholders of Warriston House, R Collins, J Henty, E Chappell

L P C P S Painter, L Painter, C Painter, S Painter

Lackawanna Ltd

Lakewind Appartments LTD


Landmark Mortgages Ltd (LM XXXX)

Work highlights

  • Acted in and successfully settled a claim against Corum XL in relation to the specific performance of a development agreement and a counterclaim by Corum XL regarding a right of way over a parcel of the development land valued in the region of £30m; the substantive proceedings were for £6.2m.
  • Acting for a landlord client defending a claim for the service of section 146 notices on its claimant tenant of a zoo in Cumbria.
  • Advised on a claim for nuisance arising out of a defective sewer which leaked into the property of a landlord client.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 5

The ‘top-class’ team at Hamlins LLP is well-versed in leasehold enfranchisement and high-end residential matters. Practice leader Mark Hurst and Joseph Holder are praised by clients as ‘exceptional partners’; the former is proficient in portfolio transactions, and the latter is a key port of call for family offices, funds, and institutional investors. John Leasure handles an array of real estate transactions, while Ben Kilshaw has demonstrable experience advising clients in the hotel and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hurst

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Holder; John Leasure; Ben Kilshaw; Victoria Camfield


‘The partners are exceptional and their quality and support from the other solicitors makes us enjoy working with the team. They have particular ability in investment work and are quick to carry out all the due diligence when purchasing and submitting contracts.’

‘Their legal expertise on real estate is top-class and their work ethic is excellent.’

‘Great people. Commercial minded. They are invested in getting the client the result.’

‘Mark Hurst and John Leasure are exceptional partners, who are always available, give solid and commercial advice, and do whatever it takes to secure completion of purchases and sales whatever the size of transaction.’

‘Joseph Holder has a lot of experience and is always available and accessible.’

Key clients

Hamilton – Pyramid Europe

William Pears Group

Firefly Capital

Structadene Group

Palace Capital PLC

National Car Parks Limited (NCP)

Brunei Investment Agency

Ego Restaurants

LEON Restaurants Limited

Rosa’s Thai

Pizza Pilgrims Limited

Pizza Union

Lone Star Land

Beyond Group

Epwin Group plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hamilton – Pyramid Europe on a new joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) focused on the European hospitality sector.
  • Acting for the William Pears Group with a property portfolio centred on London and the South East with a variety of acquisition and disposals as well as portfolio management.
  • Acting for the Structadene group on the sale of various properties.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 5

Hamlins LLP provides assistance to developers, investors, occupiers, funders, and contractors. Sarah Finch has a broad property litigation practice, and has particular experience in adjudications relating to final accounts and delay claims.

Other key lawyers:


‘Good at listening to the client’s needs and very responsive.’

‘They have listened and ensured our points have been incorporated and explained things where needed.’

‘We like working with the Hamlins construction contentious team, as they are very reactive, professional and commercial in their advice.’

‘Very commercial and pragmatic.’

‘Hamlins is a respected firm that punches well above its weight. It deals effectively with cases of the utmost complexity and that engage difficult and developing areas of law. On several occasions, I have seen Hamlins step in and right the ship on cases where other firms have had difficulty making an impact for the client, with Hamilins ultimately managing to secure a very good outcome.’

‘Hamlins have a very efficient dispute resolution team operating in the construction area. They provide a very personal service and are passionate about their clients and advocating for them.’

Key clients

India Buildings Development Limited

The William Pears Group

Palace Capital

Dobler Metallbau GmbH

Volker Fitzpatrick


Fruition Properties

Amanda and Robert Quick

Work highlights

  • Advised Amanda and Robert Quick on a significant construction dispute relating to a claim for damages in respect of a breach of contract and professional negligence against the main contractors, structural engineer and architects relating to the conversion of two large domestic properties into one large property.
  • Acting on behalf of a right to manage company who is agent for 160-plus lessees at a large residential block addressing issues relating to fire safety and cladding under the Building Safety Act/DPA against a top tier contractor.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 5

Hamlins LLP‘s sports team frequently takes on corporate and commercial mandates, spanning corporate structuring, broadcast rights and sponsorship deals for clients across a range of sports, including sailing, cricket, athletics and football. Team head Matthew Pryke is sought out by clients for assistance on a diverse array of matters, such as sports events management, broadcast and promoter agreements and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Pryke


‘They’re a fantastic team – always give fantastic support and advice, great on comms, very prompt and efficient with the work involved.’

‘Matthew Pryke is supremely professional and high-performing, he is a brilliant lawyer, combining immense knowledge with laser-sharp analysis and a warm, reassuring manner.’

Key clients

Oracle Racing Inc.


The England and Wales Cricket Board

General Sports Worldwide

Morecambe FC

Professional Triathletes Organisation

David Garrido

Recreational Sporting Limited

Lowdown Media Limited

Austin Cycles Limited

F1 Alpine

Racing Past Media

Work highlights

  • Advised SailGP on the creation of a fan-owned racing team, which involved corporate structuring, broadcast rights, sponsorship opportunities and overseeing the participation agreement.
  • Assisted the England and Wales Cricket Board with financial arrangements and strategic advice regarding the global expansion, development and corporate structure of The Hundred series and associated commercial assets.
  • Supported the Professional Triathletes Organisation with a broadcasting rights partnership with Warner Bros, showcasing on-demand coverage of the PTO Tour in 50 territories across Europe.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Hamlins LLP‘s team acts in contractual and tortious claims, and civil fraud and fiduciary duty-related disputes. Martin Ochs is a contentious IP and commercial disputes specialist, and principal associate Laura Daly and associate Lauren Twidale are active litigators. Former group head Amanda Burge joined Hill Dickinson LLP in Summer 2023.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Burge

Other key lawyers:


A highly experienced and competent team that is able to think out of the box when complexities arise, and its lawyers communicate well with all parties.

‘The firm’s experience in the travel and timeshare industry is unmatched.’

‘The team uses its expertise to guide not only the litigation it is directly involved in, but to provide assistance more broadly where its clients’ interests are affected.’

‘Martin Ochs is a top partner in his field – his industry know-how and tactical acumen are unparalleled.’

Lauren Twidale is a very impressive associate with a very bright future. She is already handling complex litigation.

Laura Daly has been outstanding throughout the process.

Key clients

DSquared2 Retail

Azure Resorts

60 Houseboat owners (represented by Chelsea Reach Boatowners Association)

Liquid Natural Gaz

Redtree Solutions

FCEA (Fine & Country)

The Joint Administrators of Atlantic Finance UK

Time Quantum Expert Forensics

EMS Electro Medical Systems

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Work highlights

  • Acting for minority shareholders, who presented a petition pursuant to sections 994 and 996 of the Companies Act 2006, seeking relief from the court from the unfairly prejudicial conduct undertaken by other shareholders.
  • Acting for 60 houseboat owners at Chelsea Reach in various claims and issues between them and the Licensor Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company, which relates to the payment of premiums, in addition to mooring and maintenance fees.
  • Assisting a Regulator with various issues, including PI insurance coverage aspects, breach of directors’ duties, and fraud matters.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 6

Hamlins LLP is a claimant focused firm with an emphasis on construction professional negligence. The firm used to defend insurers in professional indemnity cases, which is useful experience for their current focus on acting for claimants against larger defendant panel insurance firms.

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Finch; Laura Daly


‘Laura Daly has extensive experience in relation to lender claims against surveyors and legal professionals.’

‘Hamlins appreciate what matters to a family run property company.’

‘They are known for acting for insureds in professional negligence disputes.’

‘Laura Daly is very efficient and very sensible.’

Key clients

European Land & Property Limited

Triple Point Investment Limited

Westminster Academy

VolkerFitzpatrick Limited

The Pears Group of Companies

FJB Hotels

Fruition Properties

Dobler Metallbau GmbH


Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of joint owners of a property in respect of a claim against a firm of solicitors who gave negligent advice relating to the property which our clients purchased in 2016. The owners only received limited information about a defective licence. The Licence is defective primarily as a result of the definition of “encroachments” which cover the external structural wall of the property and provide that the terms of the licence are such that the licensor can determine the licence at any time on notice which triggers the licensee’s obligation to dismantle the wall.
  • Acting on behalf of an industry regulatory body in respect of multiple clams against one of its members for professional negligence and/or fraudulent activity.
  • Acting on behalf of a property developer on a professional negligence claim against a statutory manager for negligent conduct in the course of his appointment.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Hamlins LLP ‘punch above their weight’ in real estate finance of development and investment property, and has a strong focus on student accommodation, hotel developments, high-end residential developments and apartment complexes. Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood is an ‘excellent lawyer’ who specialises in secured lending for real estate and corporate acquisition transactions.

Practice head(s):

Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood


‘High quality, with integrity, dynamic team which is always available and able to support you and your clients in the best possible manner. A team that can make the impossible possible!’

‘Aselle Djumbaeva-Wood is a mentor not only to her team but to her customers as well, both professionally and personally. Aselle has a very personal touch to any transaction she’s involved with and has proven many times that she excels and overdelivers. Her charisma and positive attitude makes her an amazing partner to work with.’

‘Hamlins are relatively small firm but punch above their weight in real estate. They have deep knowledge and experience in this arena and provide a partner-led service.’

‘Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood is a pleasure to work with. She is very efficient and calm. She also has an excellent rapport with solicitors acting for the other side on the deal.’

‘Efficient work and excellent service.’

‘Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood is an excellent lawyer who gives good advice and ensures she provides the best possible service.’

‘Very professional, efficient and service oriented.’

Key clients

Bangkok Bank Pcl

Handelsbanken plc

Segada LP

Shaviram Group

Silvertown Group

The Sports & Leisure Group

Work highlights

  • Advising a group of property investment and development companies owned by a high net worth family on 13 transactions.
  • Advising Shaviram Group companies on investment and development loan, including a loan from PRS Finance Plc to refinance a recently developed property in South East England; and a development loan from a niche lender in relation to a permitted development of an office building in Staines.
  • Advising Bangkok Bank Pcl in relation real estate investment loans, leveraged loans and development loans, including the refinancing of existing loan facilities to off-shore companies which hold properties in London; and a parent company guarantee from an English company in relation to revolving credit facilities to its subsidiary in Thailand.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 6

Active in the media and entertainment sector, Hamlins LLP handles a broad range of matters, from partnership and brand licensing agreements to anti-counterfeiting. The team is also recommended by clients for its wealth of experience in the realm of music IP. Joint practice head Matthew Pryke has demonstrable expertise in the media sector, advising agencies, influencers and models, while ‘pragmatic and commercial’ Martin Ochs is well-versed in the trade marks arena.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Pryke; Martin Ochs


‘Strong team with great industry knowledge across the IP and music spheres.’

‘Martin Ochs is very knowledgable, pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Small but effective team with excellent copyright expertise.’

‘Martin Ochs is bright, very practical and achieves great commercial results.’

Key clients

Austin Cycles

Bravado International Group

Club La Costa


Diamond Resorts

Ego Restaurants

Fine & Country

George Lowden Guitars

Hilton Worldwide

Just Hype

Mighty Atom Entertainment

Performing Right Society Ltd (PRS for Music)

Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)

Pizza Union

PPL PRS Limited

Priority Freight

Probity Europe

Professional Triathlon Organisation

Racing Past Media


Speakeasy Entertainment

Ted Baker


Work highlights

  • Advising Lowden Guitars on brand management, particularly in relation to its collaboration with Ed Sheeran for the Sheeran by Lowden brand.
  • Advising on anti-counterfeiting, prosecution and online brand protection measures for TRAP Worldwide, the industry trade body for the UK music merchandising industry.
  • Advising on the structured purchase, following extensive due diligence of the JUST HYPE global brand portfolio.

Hamlins is a commercial law firm which has been established for over 100 years, with a heritage in real estate, hospitality and leisure, entertainment, media and sport. Our clients describe us as a “big small firm”. We work with industry-recognised companies and institutions as well as leading brands. We deliver exceptional service and are recognised for our expertise, our responsiveness, our team ethos and our friendly approach.

We support clients across real estate, dispute resolution, corporate, finance, commercial, intellectual property, media, and regulatory compliance. We enjoy longstanding relationships with a broad range of exceptional clients, from large institutions and corporates to SMEs and entrepreneurs.

The firm has grown successfully in line with its clients’ needs to become the top 200 UK law firm it is today.

Our expertise
Hamlins supports clients across the following areas:

Banking and finance: the finance team advises senior and mezzanine lenders and borrowers on financing transactions, with particular expertise in real estate finance.

Commercial: Hamlins’ commercial team advises on general commercial contracts, technology contracts (licensing and development), distribution arrangements, franchising and outsourcing.

Corporate: the firm’s corporate team provides a broad spectrum of corporate services, including M&A, corporate finance, equity capital markets, joint ventures, debt finance and commercial agreements.

Dispute resolution: the dispute resolution team advises on all manner of commercial disputes, including professional negligence, insolvency, insurance, construction and real estate disputes.

Institutional lender services: Hamlins has over 20 years’ experience and an unparalleled reputation advising major lenders on litigation matters. Services include repossessions, sale of property in possession, defended actions, negligence actions and shortfall actions.

Intellectual property: the firm’s IP team advises on contentious and non-contentious work including copyright, trade marks and cross-border anti-piracy matters. Non-contentious expertise includes licensing, franchising and IP structuring.

Media and entertainment: the media team is internationally recognised in relation to media contracts, rights acquisition and protection, defamation and reputation management, production, publishing and recording. The team is also at the forefront of ground-breaking digital media law.

Real estate: Hamlins’ real estate team acts on investment, development and construction matters for clients ranging from investors to end-users, including property companies, funds, banks, entrepreneurs, retailers and restaurants. The team has expertise in all aspects of real estate disputes and real estate finance.

Real estate disputes: Hamlins real estate disputes team takes a pragmatic and robust approach to protecting our clients’ interests. We adopt an advisory and dispute resolution role as well as a litigious one in a wide variety of contentious property related disputes.

Reputation management: Hamlins media disputes department is one of the largest in the UK and is widely recognised for its expertise and notable client list in high-profile defamation and privacy cases. We support clients who face reputational damage through the dissemination of false and harmful information and protect clients against the publication of intrusive, private information (whether true or false).

Sport: We are experts in sport and provide a unique offering to the industry, delivering a combination of commercial, IP, corporate, regulatory, privacy and reputation management expertise. We work across multiple disciplines, including football, rugby, tennis, motorsport, cricket, triathlon, golf, rowing and sailing. We are widely recognised and consulted for our strategic advice and expertise on the structuring and launch of new sports events, initiatives and formats and for our expertise in the field of eSports and online fan engagement offerings.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Matthew Pryke matthew.pryke@hamlins.com +44 (0)20 7355 6019
Senior Partner Joseph Holder joseph.holder@hamlins.com +44 (0)20 7355 6112
Commercial and IP Matthew Pryke matthew.pryke@hamlins.com +44 (0)20 7355 6019
IP Disputes Martin Ochs martin.ochs@hamlins.com +44 (0)20 7355 6018
Media Disputes Christopher Hutchings christopher.hutchings@hamlins.com +44 (0)20 7355 6104
Music Martin Ochs martin.ochs@hamlins.com +44 (0)20 7355 6018
Real Estate Mark Hurst mark.hurst@hamlins.com +44 (0)20 7355 6024
Real Estate Finance Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood aselle.djumabaeva-wood@hamlins.com +44 (0)207 355 6027
Real Estate Disputes Kate Andrews kate.andrews@hamlins.com +44 (0)20 7355 6063
Reputation Management Christopher Hutchings christopher.hutchings@hamlins.com +44 (0)20 7355 6104
Sport Matthew Pryke matthew.pryke@hamlins.com +44 (0)20 7355 6019
Photo Name Position Profile
Kate Andrews photo Kate Andrews Kate is a Partner in the Real Estate Litigation Team. Kate is…
Victoria Camfield photo Victoria Camfield Victoria is a Partner in the Real Estate team. Victoria is trusted…
Laura Daly photo Laura Daly Laura is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Disputes Team. Laura is…
Sarah Daniel photo Sarah Daniel Sarah is an Associate in the Media and Entertainment team. Sarah has…
Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood photo Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood Aselle is a Partner in the Corporate Team and the Real Estate…
Diana Featherstonhaugh photo Diana Featherstonhaugh Diana Featherstonhaugh is a Consultant in the Real Estate Team. Diana has…
Sarah Finch photo Sarah Finch Sarah is a Partner in the Real Estate Disputes team. She has…
Callum Galbraith photo Callum Galbraith Callum is a Partner in the Media and Entertainment team. Callum has…
Ellen Gallagher photo Ellen Gallagher Ellen is a Partner in the Media and Entertainment team. Ellen is…
Simon Gallant photo Simon Gallant Simon is a Consultant in the Media and Entertainment department. A Partner…
Hana Ghale photo Hana Ghale Hana is an Associate in our Real Estate team. Hana has experience…
Joseph Holder photo Joseph Holder Joseph Holder is Senior Partner and a Partner in the Real Estate Team. …
Mark Hurst photo Mark Hurst Mark joined Hamlins as a partner in 2004 having trained and worked…
Christopher Hutchings photo Christopher Hutchings Chris is a Partner and the Head of Hamlins’ Media and Reputation…
Ben Kilshaw photo Ben Kilshaw Ben joined Hamlins in 2002 and is a Partner in the Real…
John Leasure photo John Leasure John is a Partner in Hamlins’ Real Estate team. Having previously been…
Nigel Mason photo Nigel Mason Nigel Mason specialises in Real Estate with a particular expertise in Central…
Martin Ochs photo Martin Ochs Martin is a Partner in the Entertainment, Media and IP team. Martin has wide…
Matthew Pryke photo Matthew Pryke Matthew is the Managing Partner at Hamlins and leads the Commercial and…
Vicky Stanborough photo Vicky Stanborough Vicky Stanborough is a Partner in the Commercial Property Department. Vicky joined…
Andrew Stephenson photo Andrew Stephenson Andrew is a Consultant in the Media and Entertainment team and is…
Lauren Twidale photo Lauren Twidale Lauren is an Associate in the Media and Entertainment team. Lauren has…
Number of Partners: : 15
Number of Other Fee Earners including Paralegals: : 42
Number of Total Staff: : 84

CLIENT: Tobi Weissinger, Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: Hamilton Pyramid Europe
TESTIMONIAL: “This was a significant and complex transaction and the Hamlins team delivered expert advice under very tight timelines. We are hugely grateful to Hamlins for their expertise and support in this exciting venture.”

CLIENT: Sue Barker
COMPANY/FIRM: television presenter and former professional tennis player
TESTIMONIAL: ““Thank you to Hamlins for helping me through this process and for securing an outcome I am extremely happy with. They were outstanding, keeping me updated and always taking the time to explain each step in detail.
It was wonderful to work with a team that was effective, responsive, thorough and reliable.”

CLIENT: James Horler
COMPANY/FIRM: Ego Restaurants Holdings Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: “Hamlins has the same values as my business. It’s very supportive, thinks big, acts small, the detail matters; they are very caring. I don’t think many law firms give you that feeling that the relationship matters.”

CLIENT: Sir David Richards
COMPANY/FIRM: Former Chairman of the FA Premier League
TESTIMONIAL: “My gratitude and sincerest thanks to Hamlins for the exemplary advice and first-class service provided which has resulted in the success of my unlawful information gathering case. From start to finish, the whole case was handled with diligence and professionalism which undoubtedly resulted in the excellent outcome achieved. I would not hesitate to recommend Hamlins.”

CLIENT: Scott Smith
COMPANY/FIRM: England & Wales Cricket Board
TESTIMONIAL: “I use Hamlins across a number of sensitive and confidential matters… as I always feel that I’m in safe hands.”

CLIENT: Mary Craddock
COMPANY/FIRM: Lapithus Servicing LLP
TESTIMONIAL: “Our priorities were really aligned and they acted on those priorities.”

CLIENT: Sam Sherrard
COMPANY/FIRM: Williams Pears Group
TESTIMONIAL: “They’re not afraid to tell us what we can and what we can’t get, but they’re strong negotiators.”

CLIENT: Steve Cradock
COMPANY/FIRM: Songwriter, Producer and Guitarist, Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller and The Specials
TESTIMONIAL: “Hamlins have been an incredible team. They made the process for my case so easy, I would highly recommend them to fight anyone’s corner!”