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Dominic Crossley

Payne Hicks Beach

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Dominic Crossley was nominated for Spear’s Reputation Lawyer of the Year in 2018, a testament to a long and varied career: ‘I started in commercial litigation and I still classify myself as a commercial litigator,’ he says. ‘But there’s no doubt that I found the human aspects of this area fascinating.’

It’s led to a number of huge cases, including acting for Max Mosley, ‘which generated a huge amount of publicity’. Mosley ‘has been a fierce and effective advocate for press standards and privacy over the years’.

He notes how the public attitude towards privacy has changed: ‘Initially people thought it was the preserve of footballers and celebrities. I think people are more realistic now – with social media, everyone knows their private information is vulnerable and they’d like to protect it.’

His work on claims against the tabloid press culminated in his acting for all the core participant victims in the Leveson Inquiry, including Hugh Grant, Steve Coogan and the Dowlers. It’s that wide-ranging client base, and his easy manner, which distinguishes Crossley: ‘I treat all clients the same. You meet some super-wealthy people, and they have serious issues that have to be fought over, but I also do pro bono work, to which I give equal attention.’