Roddy Chisholm Batten

Partner, 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.

Having successfully completed his training contract with Nabarro, he qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and joined Clintons in 2003 as a member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team specialising in media and entertainment litigation and mediation. He was made a Partner in July 2011.

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”.

“The 2017 edition of the Legal 500 states “Roddy Chisholm Batten is the key name for defamation work in the firm and is ‘sharp, focused and effective’; he regularly acts for claimants from the media, entertainment, sports and news industries in pursuing matters including libel claims, breaches of confidentiality, IPSO complaints and rights to be forgotten.



The 2018 edition of Chambers & Partners states “Roddy Chisholm Batten is a privacy and defamation litigator with a strong reputation for his handling of phone hacking claims on behalf of high-profile individuals.  A client notes: “I had a complete sense of trust and comfort working with Roddy.  Emails were always responded to, calls always taken and everything explained expertly and with precision”.


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.

In March 2015, he acted for Shane Richie in the trial of the Mirror Newspaper Hacking Litigation which was heard before Mr Justice Mann.  Mr Richie was one of the eight representative claimants who were awarded record damages for misuse of their private information arising out of the widespread practice of voicemail interception and blagging of private information across all three of MGN’s titles including the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Mirror and The People.  The quantum of damages awarded to the eight representative claimants was upheld by the Court of Appeal in October 2015, which described MGN’s behaviour as both ‘callous’ and ‘disgraceful’.  An appeal to the Supreme Court awaits. 

He was featured in the first episode of the six-part BBC1 documentary 'See you in Court', which was broadcast on 29 March 2011. It followed the progress of four separate libel actions brought by his client, Sheryl Gascoigne, against various tabloid newspapers. He was also invited by Radio 5 Live and Sky News to give an interview on live radio and television on the findings contained in the Leveson Report into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press following the News International phone hacking scandal, which was published on 29 November 2012. He has also given interviews on the privacy issues arising from the publication of photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge in Chi Magazine in February 2013.

He also undertakes general commercial litigation including contractual disputes in the music, film and theatre industries, as well as IP and property related issues. He also advises clients in respect of criminal matters.








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