‘It just keeps coming,’ says Chisholm Batten of the torrent of phone-hacking claims he continues to take on against both News Group and Mirror Group on behalf of clients — clients like EastEnders star Shane Richie, who was awarded £155,000 in a set of record damages payouts in 2015.
‘I find it fascinating just listening to each person’s story because each is different, in terms of how it’s affected them and the trust issues they have suffered and all sorts of really scandalous things that have happened,’ he says. ‘It’s been awful for them, and it’s really quite satisfying to see them get properly compensated for that.’
No stranger to landmark legal battles, in March 2014 Chisholm Batten acted for three of Paul Weller’s children in a highly publicised spat with MailOnline publisher Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) after the tabloid uploaded seven paparazzi-style photos of the family out shopping and sitting at a café in Santa Monica. A four-day trial at the High Court saw presiding Justice Dingemans rule that the publication amounted to an unjustifiable intrusion of privacy, handing down an injunction on the photographs and an order that ANL pay all damages and costs — a milestone success, even for an avid cricketer, golfer and triathlete like Chisholm Batten.
The decision was upheld at the Court of Appeal and ANL’s further presentation to the Supreme Court was thrown out, compelling tabloids to pixellate the faces of children hounded for their famous parents.