Reputation Management Lawyers

Top Ten Reputation Management Lawyers

JENNY AFIA

SCHILLINGS

I act for superstars and the super-rich. It’s been a busy time for both of them,’ says Jenny Afia. She recently took over the ‘PJS’ case which ultimately forbade the British press from detailing a celebrity threesome, despite extensive international… Read More

GIDEON BENAIM

SIMKINS

The idea that our defamation laws, and Leveson, would prevent investigative journalism has just not been borne out,’ says Gideon Benaim. ‘The reality is that it is alive and well.’ A tier-one solicitor to the likes of JK Rowling, Benaim… Read More

MAGNUS BOYD

SCHILLINGS

Magnus Boyd acts for corporate figureheads, entrepreneurs, and HNWs in politics, medicine, law and sport. The media landscape has of course been forever changed by the internet — but Schillings has adapted, using cyber-security and intelligence gatherers so that clients’… Read More

AMBER MELVILLE-BROWN

WITHERS

Spear’s 2016 Reputation Lawyer of the Year and solicitor to the likes of the Duke of Marlborough, Novak Djokovic, and global UHNWs, Amber Melville-Brown is a safe bet for corporate and individual clients looking to navigate media minefields. Her work… Read More

CHARLOTTE HARRIS

KINGSLEY NAPLEY

Formerly of Mishcon de Reya, Charlotte Harris has seen the department she was brought into at Kingsley Napley go from strength to strength. ‘We’ve very much developed the criminal media-support side,’ she says, ‘and more and more HNWs and big… Read More

JOHN KELLY

HARBOTTLE & LEWIS

‘It’s been great,’ says John Kelly of the past year. He believes his team have become the go-to hit-squad when it comes to shutting down breaking (but law-breaching) news stories.He recently represented Melania Trump in her successful defamation claim against… Read More

RAMONA MEHTA

MISHCON DE REYA

One needs to stay ‘two steps’ ahead of the game, says Mishcon’s head of reputation protection Romana Mehta. ‘You genuinely need to be around 24/7… crises don’t come between nine and five.’ No stranger to ‘incredibly intense trials’ in her… Read More

NIRI SHAN

TAYLOR WESSING

‘That a lawyer would specialise in reputation management is something that another lawyer would find quite surprising,’ says Niri Shan. ‘They would generally think of [it] as something PRs do.’ Taylor Wessing’s partner and head of media is glad there… Read More

MARK STEPHENS

HOWARD KENNEDY

Recognised more often than some of his famous clients, Mark Stephens has acted for everyonefrom Arab royalty to Julian Assange. Stephens’ intellect, dedication and creative approach to cases is widely revered — an attribute that seems to come in handy… Read More

GERRARD TYRRELL

HARBOTTLE & LEWIS

A privacy and reputation lawyer whose own reputation peers say is ‘second to none’ , Gerrard Tyrrell is known to represent the Royal Family. Recently he secured remedies in at least five complaints to regulator Ipso, including one for the… Read More

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RODDY CHISHOLM BATTEN

CLINTONS

‘It just keeps coming,’ says Roddy Chisholm Batten of the phone hacking claims he continues to take on for clients like actor Shane Richie. ‘It’s been awful for them, and it’s satisfying to see them get properly compensated.’ In 2014… Read More

MIKE BROOKES

LEE & THOMPSON

‘Defamation is alive and well,’ says Mike Brookes, dispelling the gloom that plagued claimant lawyers after the Defamation Act’s technical threshold for ‘serious harm’ was raised in 2014. A respected litigator who came to reputation law through his early work… Read More

DOMINIC CROSSLEY

PAYNE HICKS BEACH

Dominic Crossley of Payne Hicks Beach says the reputation management and defamation sphere is ‘a very lively market’. Having represented former F1 boss Max Mosley in his landmark privacy law case, and acted for the 53 core participant victims at… Read More

CLAIRE GILL

CARTER-RUCK

Claire Gill is a partner at Carter-Ruck, a company which has garnered a reputation as the ‘go-to firm’ for reputation management. They have a wide-ranging client base, and cater to a large proportion of celebrities and HNWs. ‘People come to… Read More

JAMES HEATH

ATKINS THOMSON

James Heath wanted to focus on intellectual property as a barrister, but ended up at News International (‘working for Rupert Murdoch, whereas nowadays I tend to sue him’) before joining a specialist private practice firm. With many years in media… Read More

KEITH MATHIESON

RPC

Keith Mathieson says ‘hatred’ for the press makes it tough to defend freedom of speech. ‘The media are under constant legal assault by an army of lawyers supported by an almost hysterical anti-press lobby,’ he says. Besides facing ‘bullies’ in… Read More

GERALDINE PROUDLER

CMS

‘The landscape is completely different [from] ten years ago,’ says Geraldine Proudler of CMS. ‘It throws up new problems and new clients, so it never stands still.’ Online stories can often do more damage than print, but Proudler’s cases remain… Read More

MARCUS RUTHERFORD

ENYO LAW

Marcus Rutherford is a go-to for HNWs under threat from the press. The commercial litigator, with over 40 years’ experience, gained insight into how the media works during his time advising Channel 4. He works across a range of cases,… Read More

KEITH SCHILLING

SCHILLINGS

A giant on the British legal scene for more than three decades, Keith Schilling is credited with groundbreaking rulings and changing UK privacy law. He and his firm have achieved many firsts since its founding in 1984 — not least… Read More

NIGEL TAIT

CARTER-RUCK

It was Nigel Tait and his team at Carter-Ruck who obtained the injunction of the year in the celebrity threesome case, PJS v News Group Newspapers. On appeal, the Supreme Court upheld the injunction, insisting that the media in England… Read More

DAN TENCH

CMS

Legal triage specialist Dan Tench is often called upon to navigate very complex legal quagmires. He liaises with the media to prevent publication of damaging allegations, securing remedies post-publication and responding to significant privacy and data security breaches. He recently… Read More

PAUL TWEED

TWEED LAW

For Paul Tweed it all started over a bun fight. ‘Two senior lawyers… were accused of fighting over the last chocolate éclair in a local cake shop. Everyone thought that it was trivial, that I was mad, but we ran… Read More

EMMA WOOLLCOTT

MISHCON DE REYA

When mired in vicious reputation crises, ‘clients can’t be in safer hands’ than Emma Woollcott’s, a fellow professional says. Woollcott says she gets a real buzz from tracking down online attackers, and the self-proclaimed geek stops at no borders, often… Read More

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GRAHAM ATKINS

ATKINS THOMSON

With over 20 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

Rachel Atkins entered reputational law during the libel litigation shootouts of the 1990s. ‘It was an exciting opportunity to broaden my horizons,’ she says. ‘I see myself as much as a problem solver as a lawyer.’ The picture she paints… Read More

MICHAEL FARRANT

PROJECT ASSOCIATES

Michael Farrant, head of private client and corporate at Project Associates, is a man with big ambitions for where strategic communications should sit within a private office or corporate advisory team. He believes it ‘should be buried directly in the… Read More

STEVEN HEFFER

COLLYER BRISTOW

A painter of abstract urban and riverside landscapes, Steven Heffer is used to finding the contrast between the new and old, the rural and the industrial. However, representing these conflicts through a paintbrush is no easier than his work balancing… Read More

ROD CHRISTIE-MILLER

SCHILLINGS

HNWs see their reputations threatened not only by the media but also by individuals with vested interests: competitors, former business partners, political rivals, a disgruntled spouse. It’s an area Rod Christie-Miller has seen grow. ‘Our world is all about dealing… Read More

ALASDAIR PEPPER

CARTER-RUCK

Carter-Ruck partner and media litigation veteran Alasdair Pepper has been busier than ever this year, much of it on the case of media mogul Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, CEO of Pakistan’s largest media group, Jang. The battle ensued when rival network, ARY… Read More

MARK THOMSON

ATKINS THOMSON

A star of many of the leading privacy cases over the past 25 years, Mark Thomson of Atkins Thomson is credited with landmark rulings and changing English privacy law. The past couple of years have been particularly busy for the… Read More

REBECCA TOMAN

CARTER-RUCK

Carter-Ruck’s Rebecca Toman has this year further cemented her position among the UK’s leading reputation lawyers, following her success in the landmark ‘celebrity threesome’ case of PJS v News Group Newspapers. It was the first time the Supreme Court upheld… Read More

ADAM TUDOR

CARTER-RUCK

Carter-Ruck’s battle-hardened disputes partner Adam Tudor has had an extremely busy year, coordinating worldwide efforts to take down highly intrusive images infringing the privacy of high profile celebrities. Alongside the celebrities (he famously acts for singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam, formerly known as… Read More

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AMY BRADBURY

HARBOTTLE & LEWIS

Amy Bradbury was drawn to the ‘dynamic nature’ of the reputation management world after a stint in commercial litigation at Collyer Bristow. As challenges are ‘diversifying’ with the evolution of the internet, Bradbury says the legalese tends to be the… Read More

EDWARD CRAVEN

MATRIX CHAMBERS

‘It’s interesting from the point of view of the intersection of law and personalities, as in each one of these cases you’ve always got an interesting array of characters,’ Edward Craven says of his role. Craven’s career in reputation law… Read More