5th November 2015
Hamlins ranked in latest edition of Chambers and Partners
Hamlins has once again been recognised for the quality of its work and client service by Chambers and Partners, one of the two leading directories of legal services. The firm saw new entries for Defamation and Reputation Management and Sports Law where new partner Mark Gay was ranked in the top tier.
The firm was ranked for the first time in Defamation and Reputation Management and described as continuing to ‘impress for high-profile libel actions, representing both claimants and defendants. It also has a strong track record for handling invasion of privacy claims against newspapers, as well as defamation defence work for its broad publisher client base. Work highlights included acting for the Royal Bank of Scotland Shareholders Action Group on a claim against News Group Newspapers over a defamatory article published in the Sun.’
One client described the team as “very responsive and empathetic when dealing with my case”. Chris Hutchings was ranked with one observer commenting that he was “particularly effective” and “the service he provides is personal and serious so it feels as though clients are valued for their business rather than their ability to generate a fee”. Andrew Stephenson was described by peers as “a very good lawyer” and is recognised for his broad international client base.
Within Media and Entertainment Hamlins was once again ranked and recognised for its ‘well-established media and entertainment industry team advising collecting societies, record labels and artists. Excellent handling of copyright, broadcasting and digital rights disputes.’
Clients were quoted as saying “their advice is always on point” and “I can brainstorm cases with them and we talk daily – it’s a very strong working relationship.”
Notable practitioners included Laurence Gilmore who was particularly noted for his expertise in music industry disputes, where “his experience and knowledge really comes through”. Marketplace observers confirm “He knows how to play it to get the best results”.
Philip Herbert who acts for a range of media clients, including numerous entertainment merchandising companies was also ranked. He was described by clients as “very supportive,” adding: “He has a good balance between the legal issues that arise and also the commercial needs.”
Within Sports Law partner Mark Gay who joined the firm in 2015 was ranked in the top tier for his leading expertise. Mark advises clients on regulatory and competition matters with notable expertise in Formula 1 and football markets.
Within Real Estate partner Charles Bezzant was ranked for his Real Estate Finance expertise whilst Kate Andrews was ranked within Real Estate Litigation and described by clients as “very efficient and very effective.”
Corporate partner Daniel Bellau and the travel team were also recognised.
Senior Partner Alban Gordon commented;
“We are really pleased to be recognised once again for some of our key expertise in the Chambers and Partners directory. Coming shortly after our excellent sweep of rankings in the Legal 500 guide, this further confirms the quality of our work and commitment to our clients.”