Alex Cochrane

  • Senior Associate


Media and privacy, Commercial litigation, Phone hacking, Cyber stalkingDispute resolutionArts and culture


Alex is a senior lawyer in our Media and privacy team. He has substantial expertise in defamation, privacy and media-related litigation with a particular emphasis on social media and online reputational issues.  

Alex has worked on many libel claims, helping to secure favourable settlements for clients. He acted for international cricketer Chris Cairns in his successful libel claim against Lalit Modi, in what was the UK's first Twitter libel trial.

Alex has successfully concluded many disputes involving internet publications, including removing defamatory comments from numerous websites and identifying individuals that publish defamatory comments online but seek to hide behind anonymous pseudonyms.  

Alex has acted for clients in relation to urgent privacy and harassment matters, including successfully obtaining an anonymised “revenge porn” injunction preventing the distribution of intimate photographs of a client.

Alex has also represented a very large number of claimants in the phone hacking litigation against News Group Newspapers Ltd., the publisher of the now defunct News of The World, and against Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd., the publisher of the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Mirror and the People.

Alex has conducted a number of general commercial disputes for a wide range of clients (including artists, corporates and animal welfare organisations), bringing and defending claims for breach of contract and in tort. 

Alex is a member of the Media Society, Lawyers for Liberty and Lawyers for Media Standards. 

Client comments

"You have done a fantastic job and I would gladly recommend you should the situation arise".

Amadu Sowe, Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Nickelodeon & Viacom

“Thank you very much for concluding this so successfully. It's been very impressive working with you and the team”.

Peter Salmon, CEO of BBC Studios

“I can't thank you enough for your support and the amazing job you have done”.

George Calil, Actor


The “extremely able and astute” Alex Cochrane has “considerable experience in handling defamation and privacy-related litigation. He has been active in phone hacking litigation and frequently acts on matters related to online libel and harassment.” Chambers UK 2018, Defamation/Reputation Management

Alex Cochrane "gains clients' trust through a mixture of an authoritative yet friendly personality coupled with outstanding legal expertise." Legal 500 2017, Reputation Management

Alex was recommended in Legal 500, 2016 for Reputation Management and described as "excellent".

Alex was recommended in Legal 500, 2015 for Reputation Management. 

Chambers leading individual  Recommended lawyer 2017     UK recommended lawyer 2016     Recommended lawyer 2015




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