Daniel Taylor
Taylor Hampton Solicitors LTD
Media & Privacy Law
218 Strand, London WC2R 1AT
0207 427 5971
Main Practice Area

Media & Privacy Law


Taylor Hampton Solicitors - “A Leader in its Field”

The firm’s lawyers are recognised as leaders in the fields of Defamation, Privacy, Data Protection, phone hacking and Internet Litigation law.

Taylor Hampton has achieved a remarkable rise to prominence. Based opposite the High Court, the firm has been at the front of media law for 10 years. Representing a range of clients, from A-list celebrities to small and large businesses, the firm prides itself on listening to clients’ personal and/or commercial objectives and ensuring that these objectives are met.

The firm is at the forefront of the phone-hacking litigation and continues to be heavily involved in ongoing phone hacking claims against News Group and Mirror Group Newspapers. Recently, Taylor Hampton brought action against the Mirror Group for the hacking of client Hugh Grant’s phone and emails, as well as the use of blagging and private investigators to unlawfully obtain and publish his private information at its three national newspapers for over a decade.

In an unprecedented settlement, Mirror Group paid Mr Grant a six-figure sum in damages (all of which he donated to the campaign group Hacked Off), as well as publicly admitting to a cover-up of its illegal activity that had taken place at the heart of the company within senior levels.

Another important landmark case is that of Bruno Lachaux v Independent & Others, where Taylor Hampton was successful in satisfying the newly required serious harm threshold. The Court of Appeal held that serious harm to a claimant’s reputation could be proved by a process of inference from the seriousness of the defamatory meaning.

Daniel Taylor says the following about the evolution of libel law:

“The nature of actions is changing from predominantly hard copy newspaper articles being the focus to that of internet-based reputation management, where reputations can be damaged in seconds”

At a time where more material than ever is being shared and published online and the press and paparazzi culture shows no sign of abating, it is becoming increasingly difficult for individuals to protect their private and confidential information and that of their family from being made public. The law recognises that misusing private information about an individual is wrong and Taylor Hampton frequently acts to stop it.

The quicker one can act, the better the outcome. The best way to safeguard your privacy is to prevent your private information from being published in the first place. Taylor Hampton can engage with the prospective publisher to obtain an undertaking that they will not publish and will destroy and/or return your private information, failing which Taylor Hampton are experienced in applying to the Court to obtain an injunction to prevent publication.

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