Taylor Hampton

A recognised leader in defamation, privacy, phone hacking and internet litigation


Superyacht owners, the vessel, companies and individuals in the yachting industry can suffer lasting damage through libel, slander and misrepresentation. The power and reach of social media sites means that a reputation can be badly damaged at the click of a button. Ill thought through or malicious comments can stay online permanently. Meanwhile, internet giants, such as Google, can and do bring up these posts when an individual’s name is searched.  As well as being a search engine, Google also provides the framework for blogs which can also be defamatory. The firm has acted in the lead case prior to the passing of the Defamation Act 2013 (Thornton v Daily Telegraph) and the lead case post the passing of the 2013 Act (Lachaux v Independent).

Superyacht management and crew can rest assured that such matters can be dealt with efficiently and effectively with lawyers who have first-hand knowledge of working within the media.  Our defamation experts have successfully restored both individual and business reputations damaged by defamation (libel and slander), malicious falsehood and breaches of privacy.

Privacy and Phone Hacking

When it comes to megayachts, their owners and those around them, privacy and confidentiality are paramount. Keeping news out of the press and mitigating potential damage to reputations is key and can be tricky given the mobility of yachts cruising between jurisdictions or out of range.  Owners can be targets for unwanted intrusions and such cases need to be dealt with swiftly and adroitly.  Taylor Hampton played a pivotal role in the phone hacking litigation against the press. Cases in which it acted led to the closure of the News of the World. The intrusion caused by the hacking was sustained and often caused the breakdown of the relationships as victims felt they had been betrayed by partners and friends. The landmark case of Gulati v MGN in which the firm acted greatly increased the damages awarded to the victims of breaches of privacy.

Victims of phone hacking include individuals who come from the world of yachts, fine art, business, politics, sport, media, music, film and television. It has also affected the lives of members of the public who have been victims of crime or suffered a personal tragedy.

As well as phone hacking, the firm’s solicitors have acted for victims of email hacking.

ART LAW – Founder Member of the Art Due Diligence Group

It is vital to move swiftly when critical matters arise be it cases of art fraud, disputes in high value fine art transactions or reputation management and defamation in the art market. We leverage our solid relationships within the art industry as well as working alongside other members of the ADDG, to expedite an appropriate course of action in a rapid and discreet manner. The firm is highly experienced in obtaining freezing orders in fraud cases and is sensitive to the needs of those in the art market.

Taylor Hampton draws on its experience of reputation management in conducting actions for art fraud and art market litigation where parties to the transaction wish their names to be kept out of the press.