Reputation Management lawyers

Top 10

JENNY AFIA

SCHILLINGS

Afia has remained busy over the last year, leading a worldwide effort to combat an alleged online smear campaign against hedge funder owner, Louis Bacon, and, more recently, winning the injunction instruction relating to a celebrity tryst from Carter-Ruck. For… Read More

GIDEON BENAIM

MICHAEL SIMKINS

Benaim started off as a manager in the music business, and this experience with high-profile clients meant it was less surprising that he moved into reputational law. His clients have ranged from Lance Armstrong to Gordon Ramsay and JK Rowling…. Read More

ANDREW GRANT

TULCHAN COMMUNICATIONS

HNWs seeking advice on their reputations in the financial markets need look no further than Grant. Grant and his team specialise in ‘critical communications’ through ‘times of significant stress and public interest when time is short, scrutiny is intense and… Read More

PHIL HALL

PHA MEDIA

Things go from strength to strength for Phil Hall’s firm which, as well as expanding its PR offering, has also brought in former Telegraph business editor Tim Jotischky. Having edited both the News of the World and Hello!, he still… Read More

JOHN KELLY

HARBOTTLE & LEWIS

‘We look after our people really well. We get really close to them,’ says Kelly of his clients — A-listers such as Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie and Madonna. In 2014 he secured damages for Russell Brand against The Sun after… Read More

KEITH MATHIESON

RPC

A celebrated media defence litigator specialising in high-profile defamation, copyright and Freedom of Information claims, Mathieson has had an ‘extremely busy’ twelve months acting for Mirror Group against phone hacking charges. He is currently appealing the ‘huge’ sums awarded to… Read More

AMBER MELVILLE-BROWN

WITHERS

‘Information anywhere is information everywhere, and the problem is so many of our clients have international reputations so you can’t put things in boxes… You have to be Reputation Lawyers Sans Frontières,’ says Melville-Brown over a snatched phone call during… Read More

KEITH SCHILLING

SCHILLINGS

With Keith Schilling, the question is not so much what he has accomplished as what he hasn’t. The firm he established in 1984 was behind many firsts — including a landmark 2004 ruling by the House of Lords in favour… Read More

NIRI SHAN

TAYLOR WESSING

While the role PR agencies play in reputation management is generally understood, a lawyer’s part is still anything but, says Shan, Bernie Ecclestone’s solicitor of choice: ‘The misconceived perception of engaging the services of a lawyer to take out a… Read More

MARK STEPHENS

HOWARD KENNEDY

From the Big Apple to the small island nation of Samoa, Mark Stephens has litigated everywhere. The good-natured solicitor speaks to Spear’s from New York about why proceedings, especially those which are increasingly sophisticated, are sometimes best taken to faraway… Read More

NIGEL TAIT

CARTER-RUCK

Credited as a ‘mentor’ and ‘pre-eminent in his field’, the softly spoken Tait, who is suing Google over the right to be forgotten, says he came into reputation law as in commercial law ‘the hours sounded too long,’ in criminal… Read More

MARK THOMSON

ATKINS THOMSON

A star of many of the leading privacy cases over the past 25 years, Thomson is credited with landmark rulings and changing UK privacy law. The past couple of years have been particularly busy for the hard-charging solicitor, who has… Read More

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GRAHAM ATKINS

ATKINS THOMSON

With over twenty years’ experience in libel, reputation management and privacy, the co-founder of Atkins Thomson is a well-known figure in the industry, with the firm leading phone hacking claims against Mirror Group Newspapers. Atkins says there are now more… Read More

RACHEL ATKINS

SCHILLINGS

Like many at her firm, Atkins entered reputational law during the libel litigation shootouts of the 1990s. ‘It provided an exciting opportunity to broaden my horizons,’ she says crediting her firm’s own broadening to employ top intelligence analysts, cyber security… Read More

MAGNUS BOYD

HILL DICKINSON

Since his return to Schillings Boyd has been frequently called upon before stories are published or broadcast to prevent inaccuracy and stop businesses and prominent individuals from being defamed or suffer public airing of their laundry. Managing the reputational fallout… Read More

MIKE BROOKES

LEE & THOMPSON

The lawyer that the Warner Brothers film studio calls ‘efficient, expert and practical’ says a new statutory test requiring claimants to give evidence of ‘serious harm’ in defamation has made it harder to bring claims. However, Brookes says recent judgments… Read More

ROD CHRISTIE-MILLER

SCHILLINGS

Business owners see their reputations threatened not only by the media but also by individuals who have vested interests – such as competitors and former business partners. It’s an area that Christie-Miller has seen grow. ‘Our world used to be… Read More

DOMINIC CROSSLEY

PAYNE HICKS BEACH

Having acted for the 53 core participant victims at the Leveson Inquiry, Dominic Crossley is deeply concerned that the inquiry’s suggested reforms have been given misleading interpretations, making the press regulation landscape an ‘unnecessary battleground’. Victims of unlawful publications, he… Read More

CHARLOTTE HARRIS

KINGSLEY NAPLEY

Counting MPs, sports stars, celebrities and even other PR experts among her clients, the charming Harris moved to Kingsley Napley in 2015. It was a savvy hire, no doubt, given her skilled prominence – having appeared at various parliamentary select… Read More

STEWART LEECH QC

MATRIX CHAMBERS

‘Mirror Group are just trying to work out how to deal with it, and they haven’t worked it out yet. It will sort itself out.’ No case is too tall an order for Tomlinson. He speaks to Spear’s about the… Read More

ADRIENNE PAGE

5RB

I don’t believe that, prior to my arrival in the chambers, I had even heard of defamation,’ says Adrienne Page, whose modesty cannot mask genuine talent. Starting out as the first female tenant in her chambers, she rose to spend… Read More

ALASDAIR PEPPER

CARTER-RUCK

A partner at Carter-Ruck since 1986, Pepper’s support for the firm’s ‘no win, no fee’ scheme has helped clients who were trapped in a ‘David and Goliath-type situation’. The litigator, who has a no-nonsense attitude but not one without good… Read More

GERALDINE PROUDLER

OLSWANG

Having started her career defending newspapers’ right to publish stories such as Neil Hamilton’s cash-for-questions scandal, Proudler now spends her time on the other side of the floor, shutting down stories that could be ruinous for individuals and companies such… Read More

MARCUS RUTHERFORD

ENYO LAW

A commercial litigator with 35 years of experience and an astute understanding of how the media works from his previous role at Channel 4, Marcus Rutherford says reputation is at stake in most litigation cases, and when he first started,… Read More

CHRIS SCOTT

SCHILLINGS

No-comment strategies no longer work, says Scott. ‘There’s always that sensation that if you slam the door [the issue] goes away, but experience suggests that never quite works.’ Instead, the Schillings partner likes to focus on potential risks while also… Read More

GERRARD TYRELL

HARBOTTLE & LEWIS

‘I often think if you end up in court you may well have failed,’ Harbottle’s senior partner has previously told Spear’s, citing the importance of litigation through mediation and arbitration. A privacy and reputation lawyer whose own reputation is ‘second… Read More

EMMA WOOLLCOTT

MISHCON DE REYA

We are proactive, and I would even say aggressive, in the way we deal with aggressors that seek to damage reputations,’ says the legal director of Mishcon’s reputation team. Woollcott’s role seems to suit a crime drama, with her usage… Read More

Rising Stars

RUPERT COWPER-COLES

WITHERS

The charismatic Cowper-Coles loves the ‘whole new world’ that media law has introduced him to, having worked with claims in the phone-hacking scandals, the Formula One ‘Crashgate’ scandal where Nelson Piquet Jr was defamed by the Renault team and a… Read More

JAMES HEATH

ATKINS THOMSON

The past few years have been busy for Heath, who was lead solicitor in the Mirror Group hacking litigation, where he has seen over 80 claims in court. Now claims are getting more tech-related (for example the Ashley Madison hacking)…. Read More

REBECCA TOMAN

CARTER-RUCK

Rebecca Toman has just had ‘a very busy few days’ securing an injunction for a client, saying such measures are still very much alive and necessary but only if you get it right: ‘Of course, if you go for an… Read More