LONDON — John Galliano’s former lawyer is taking on more high-profile clients: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are taking legal action against a French magazine that published images of the royal couple sunbathing on their holiday earlier this month.

A spokeswoman for St James’s Palace has confirmed that Aurélien Hamelle, who works for the Metzner Associés firm in Paris, will act on behalf of the royal couple at a hearing in Nanterre, just outside the capital, this evening.

St James’s Palace said acriminal complaint over the photographs was lodged on Monday morning. A civil case seeking damages and an injunction preventing further publication is due to be launched later in Paris.

On Monday the Italian gossip magazine Chi, which like France’s Closer is published by Mondadori, came out with a 26-page spread of topless photos of the duchess despite the legal action in France.

The duke and duchess engaged legal proceedings for breach of privacy against the publishers of Closer Magazine France on Friday after the celebrity gossip title released topless photos of the duchess on vacation at a private residence in the South of France.

Hamelle famously defended Galliano in July 2011 after he was charged with uttering racist and anti-Semitic comments outside a Paris bar, costing him his job as Dior’s couturier.

Meanwhile on Monday, William and Kate continued their nine-day tour of the Far East and the South Pacific to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.

They visited a cultural village exhibition in Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, and Press Association reported that they did not bat an eyelid when they came face to face with agroup of topless dancers.