Eminent Media Lawyer Joins Hamlins Media Team from Carter-Ruck

Eminent media lawyer Andrew Stephenson has joined Hamlins LLP as a Senior Consultant in the firm’s burgeoning Media department.

Andrew is the former Senior Partner of Carter-Ruck, and has since developed his own practice as a consultant, also working with Discreet Law. His recent successes include acting for the former Armed Forces Minister, Adam Ingram, in his libel claim against the Sunday Times and for the then Prime Minister of Uganda, Amama Mbabazi, against the Daily Mail.

He now joins Hamlins to further develop the busy Media team’s offering, which covers both claimant and defendant work on reputation, privacy, defamation, libel and slander matters and increasingly on matters involving social media.

Christopher Hutchings, Head of the Media team at Hamlins LLP, says:
“While I was a trainee, assistant and then a partner at Carter-Ruck and throughout my career I have been impressed by Andrew’s ability to navigate the maze of media law and secure the best outcomes for his clients, so I am thrilled to be working together again now that he is joining us here at Hamlins.

“Andrew is of course well-known for his work for politicians and high profile business people but for me, some of his standout work has been for individuals who have found themselves on the receiving end of libel claims, such as Sarah Hermitage, who was sued by a powerful Tanzanian media owner Reginald Mengi after writing a blog recounting her experience of corruption and intimidation in Tanzania. Andrew’s ability to turn the case on its head so that the Judge dismissed the claim and awarded Ms Hermitage indemnity costs earlier this year is just one example of his considerable skill and unique approach.”

Andrew Stephenson adds:
“Throughout my career, whether advising individuals or companies, publishers or potential claimants I have always preferred to focus on long term strategy in media relations. Sometimes litigation is necessary to defend a person’s reputation or rights of privacy, but unless carefully handled runs the risk of making matters worse if it results in further adverse publicity for the client. The media law landscape has changed dramatically over recent years, but the underlying principles remain the same. I am very much looking forward to working with the Hamlins Media team, whose philosophy accords with my own.”