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With clients like Russell Brand and Davina McCall on-book, the personable privacy and reputation partner has his work cut out for him. In March 2014, Chisholm Batten acted for three of Paul Weller’s children in a highly publicised spat with Mail Online publisher Associated Newspapers after the tabloid uploaded paparazzi photos of the family while they were out shopping and sitting at a café in California. A four-day trial at the High Court saw the judge rule that publication amounted to an unjustifiable intrusion of privacy, handing down an injunction on the photographs and an order that Associated pay damages and costs. ‘It can cost upwards of £250,000 to go to trial,’ says Chisholm Batten. ‘The trick is to pick the best cases to take forward. And then the ones that aren’t, you’ve just got to say to the client: “Look, no matter how galling this is, this just isn’t going to run.” They’re not going to thank you for taking them all the way to trial — and losing.’ An avid cricketer, golfer and triathlete, he continues to advise victims of phone hacking in claims against Mirror Group and News International. Although keeping clients out of the media spotlight is a speciality, he’s unafraid to step into the public eye himself, speaking to major national news bodies on the findings of the Leveson report and the implications for media and legal standards, and on the publication of photos taken of the private life of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


Roddy Chisholm Batten