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Roddy Chisholm BattenPartner, Privacy & Reputation Management
Roddy studied Estate Management at Oxford Brookes University and qualified as a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) in 1997.
Roddy specialises primarily in reputation management and protection, which includes, amongst other things, acting for clients in claims for defamation and/or infringement of privacy. He is currently advising a number of clients, who have been the subject of phone hacking, in relation to claims against both News International (in the latest round of the Mobile Telephone Voicemail Interception Litigation) and also Mirror Group Newspapers.
In the 2015 edition of Chambers & Partners, he is listed as "The "very diligent" Roddy Chisholm Batten of Clintons is well known for representing television personalities and other celebrities and media individuals, in a range of defamation and privacy matters. Also respected for his work on numerous claims of phone hacking".
In the 2016 edition of Chambers & Partners, he is “highlighted as "very good at managing clients and hard-working with sound judgement. His reputation management practice covers a broad spread of defamation and privacy cases for public figures”.
The 2016 edition of the Legal 500 states that “Clintons remains heavily involved in the voicemail interception litigation and is representing celebrity clients in separate proceedings against News Group Newspapers and Mirror Group Newspapers. Roddy Chisholm Batten’s ‘confident, tenacious and robust approach to litigation results in fantastic commercial results time and time again’.”
The 2017 edition of Chambers & Partners states that “Roddy Chisholm Batten is a highly regarded litigator who defends clients, often celebrities and television personalities, from privacy invasion and defamation. He has been very active in recent years pursuing hacking claims against tabloid newspapers”.
In March 2014, he acted for three of Paul Weller’s children in their high-profile infringement of privacy claim against Associated Newspapers Limited, arising out of the publication in the Mail Online of seven highly intrusive paparazzi-style photographs of them with their father while out shopping and sitting at a cafe in Santa Monica. Following a 4 day trial in the High Court in London, Mr Justice Dingemans held that the publication of the photos did indeed amount to a misuse of their private information. He therefore ordered ANL to pay damages and costs and provide an undertaking to Court not to republish the photographs. This decision was upheld in the Court of Appeal in October 2015. ANL have applied to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal and a decision is expected imminently.
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