Reputation Managers

Spears 2019

RICHARD ABBEY

EY

Richard Abbey started his career as an accountant at EY in 1988, working on the firm’s renowned forensic fraud and investigations unit, helping clients identify and address wrongdoings. Even before technology brought complexity to the space, he had a grasp… Read More

JENNY AFIA

SCHILLINGS

A former Spear’s Reputation Lawyer of the Year, Jenny Afia acts for the most recognisable faces among the ‘superstars and super-rich’ that Schillings counts as clients. It’s certainly been a busy few years for her and them. Afia downplays the… Read More

ED AMORY

FREUDS

Matthew Freud set up his namesake firm in 1985, unwittingly breaking a tradition precluding family members from following the same career as anyone in the previous three generations. He now serves as executive chairman, but as managing partner Ed Amory… Read More

GRAHAM ATKINS

ATKINS THOMSON

With over 20 years’ experience in libel, reputation management and privacy, Graham Atkins, co-founder of Atkins Thomson, is a well-known industry figure, with the firm leading phone-hacking claims against Mirror Group Newspapers. Atkins says there are now more privacy claims… Read More

RACHEL ATKINS

SCHILLINGS

Rachel Atkins entered into 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… Read More

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 Chisholm… Read More

GIDEON BENAIM

SIMKINS

‘Preparation and prevention is the best way to deal with things, as it’s much harder once the cat’s out of the bag,’ says Gideon Benaim, the star turn at Simkins, referring to a fraught media environment. It’s certainly working for… Read More

PAUL BLANCHARD

RIGHT ANGLES

Paul Blanchard has 15 years of experience in reputational management. His company, Right Angles, now has offices in London, New York and Los Angeles. He’s always loved the idea of being the trusted confidante or consigliere to business leaders and… 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

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

SIMON BREWER

AV PREMIER MARKETING

A seasoned operator known for his discretion, Simon Brewer founded AV Premier Marketing 20 years ago after 18 years in the City. Initially focused on consumer PR for luxury brands, he began advising UHNWs after coming into contact with company… Read More

PERSEPHONE BRIDGMAN BAKER

CARTER-RUCK

Senior associate Persephone Bridgman Baker has wisdom beyond her years. She recalls an important case early in her career, representing Lance Bombardier Kerry-Ann Morris, who was wrongfully linked to a murder and received a public apology. ‘Reading the statement in… Read More

SIMON BROCKLEBANK-FOWLER

CUBITT CONSULTING

‘I would say we’re known as the secret service of the crisis and corporate communications space,’ says Simon Brocklebank- Fowler, who founded Cubitt Consulting in 1998. Spear’s is lucky, as the former diplomat and banker admits he’s not usually one… 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 back in 2014. A respected litigator who came to reputation law through clients such… Read More

ANDREW CALDECOTT QC

ONE BRICK COURT

Andrew Caldecott QC has represented clients in some of the most high-profile defamation law and privacy cases of recent decades. He has been instructed by number of broadcasters, publishers, corporations and governments, as well as by celebrities and ministers. Select… Read More

MATT CARTER

MESSAGE HOUSE

‘We don’t want to make the headlines,’ says Matt Carter. ‘Our job is to give guidance to communicators so they can run more effective campaigns.’ That comes from bringing in data to inform a company’s message: to find if their… Read More

ROD CHRISTIE-MILLER

SCHILLINGS

‘Some people are intrinsically more interesting to the world, and some become interesting because of their actions,’ says Schillings chief executive Rod Christie-Miller. He handles privacy and security crises for a select few clients, making sure they remain well below… 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

DOMINIC CROSSLEY

PAYNE HICKS BEACH

The reputation management and defamation sphere is ‘a very lively market at the moment’, according to Dominic Crossley. Having represented many high-profile individuals – including Steve Coogan in his phone-hacking case, former F1 boss Max Mosley in his landmark privacy… Read More

JULIETTA DEXTER

THE COMMUNICATIONS STORE

‘The perception of PR has suffered enormously over the last year due to some unfortunate circumstances,’ says Julietta Dexter, founder and CEO of The Communications Store. Her firm is one of the UK’s leading strategic brand development and communications companies,… Read More

DAVID ENGEL

ADDLESHAW GODDARD

‘When the phone rings, you literally do not know what the issue is going to be. Sometimes that makes it very challenging, but equally keeps it interesting,’ says David Engel, a partner at Addleshaw Goddard since 2001. He says clients… Read More

JOHN EVANS

HAWTHORN

John Evans founded Hawthorn in 2013 with Ben Elliot. He has now built up a team of 25, with an impressively strong mix of communications specialists and senior professionals from other backgrounds including government, banking, law and media. Clients –… Read More

TERENCE FANE-SAUNDERS

CHELGATE

Clients often turn to Chelgate ‘because they have lost control of their own narrative’ as a result of specific events or even actions by hostile interests. ‘Our job is to put clients back in command,’ says Terence Fane-Saunders, executive chairman… 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 that it ‘should be buried directly in… Read More

CLAIRE GILL

CARTER-RUCK

This year brought Carter-Ruck’s talented partner an opportunity to shine as ‘Lawyer of the Week’ in The Times, after engaging in twin travails against tech titan Google. Claire Gill represented businessmen NT1 and NT2, who claimed alleged data breaches and… Read More

RORY GODSON

POWERSCOURT

Rory Godson founded his firm Powerscourt in 2004 and counts FTSE 100 companies and HNWs among his clients. He started out as a journalist and was business editor of the Sunday Times before switching to corporate affairs. Journalism ‘taught me… Read More

ROSS GOW

ACUITY

‘That would be an interesting gig, working with Trump,’ muses former barrister Ross Gow. ‘I would. We take arms dealers. But I draw the line at certain characters — Jimmy Savile types, people who are proven predators. I believe… until… Read More

ANDREW GRANT

TULCHAN

‘The British population sniffs decay, it sniffs failure, it sniffs ambition,’ says Tulchan founder Andrew Grant. He is mindful of the need to encourage corporate clients to find their own voice. ‘It is actually about the very precise choice of… Read More

JORDAN GREENAWAY

TRANSMISSION PRIVATE

Transmission Private is a dedicated private office that works exclusively with individuals and families to manage their media presence – ‘and helps them curate and project an image that is both representative and aligns with their family values,’ explains MD… Read More

PHIL HALL

PHA MEDIA

Phil Hall, the founder of PHA Media, cherishes clients who have stayed with the company since the firm’s inception 12 years ago. ‘The loyalty shown to us by clients proves there must be something right,’ he says. He is pleased… Read More

CHARLOTTE HARRIS

KINGSLEY NAPLEY

Charlotte Harris represents a range of high-profile clients – she has acted for more than 100 claimants in the phone-hacking claims since 2007. Harris says she has seen the department at Kingsley Napley thrive since she joined from Mishcon de… Read More

PATRICK HARRISON

WEBER SHANDWICK

‘PR is a term that is no longer fit for purpose,’ says Patrick Harrison, referring to the ‘information revolution’ phenomenon. Most clients, he says, are looking for a mixed communications response, with data analytics, content creation and SEO, as well… Read More

PADDY HARVERSON

MILLTOWN PARTNERS

Paddy Harverson set up Milltown Partners in 2013, having been the Prince of Wales’s right-hand man and director of communications at Manchester United before that. The business is a partnership between Harverson and DJ Collins, former London communications head at… Read More

JONATHAN HAWKER

SLATE CAMPAIGNS

‘I deal with problems, so I see myself as a fixer,’ says Jonathan Hawker, a one-man band who’s dealt with crises arising from all manner of misconduct, from white-collar crime (including the largest fraud in Europe) to corporate and individual… Read More

DAVID HAWKINS

CLIVEDEN ADVISORY

‘“Charming” will be written on his gravestone,’ says one client of David Hawkins, founder of Cliveden Advisory. Working primarily with UHNWs, cultural institutions, corporates and governments, Cliveden uses the arts and technology to deliver ‘cultural and nation branding’. Hawkins most… Read More

ABIGAIL HEALEY

ADDLESHAW GODDARD

Abigail Healey acts for HNWs and corporates in defamation, privacy, data protection, breach of confidence and related matters. Much of this is multi-jurisdictional, particularly when it comes to online matters. The introduction of the GDPR has also seen an increase… Read More

JAMES HEATH

ATKINS THOMSON

James Heath of Atkins Thomson was lead solicitor in hacking litigation against Mirror Group, which has seen more than 80 cases brought to court. He also acted for social worker Sylvia Henry in the Baby P libel action. ‘It makes… Read More

STEVEN HEFFER

COLLYER BRISTOW

Steven Heffer is a partner at Collyer Bristow and its head of arts and culture – he’s an unusual combination of lawyer, artist, and curator. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Collyer Bristow Gallery, where ‘we not only… Read More

ANDREW HONNOR

GREENBROOK

Andrew Honnor founded Greenbrook in 2012 to address the trust deficit left by the financial crisis towards the investment industry. The firm thrives on discretion, but is understood to represent more private equity, hedge funds and activist investors than any… Read More

NICOLA HOWSON

NICOLA HOWSON

Former ITV communications director and Freuds CEO, Nicola Howson struck out on her own in 2014. She advises corporations and high-profile individuals (including several stars of stage and screen) on their reputations. ‘I’ve always believed that, in the end, we… Read More

VICTORIA JOLLIFFE

5RB

Barrister Victoria Jolliffe acts for claimants and defendants in defamation, privacy, data protection, malicious falsehood, harassment and other media-related actions. She recently obtained a final injunction for a school whose pupils had been targeted via an ‘anonymous’ Facebook page. ‘Publicity… Read More

JOHN KELLY

HARBOTTLE & LEWIS

John Kelly is a litigator and partner at Harbottle & Lewis, specialising in reputation protection, privacy and defamation. With a client list that includes some of the world’s most famous brands, FTSE 100 companies and household names like Melania Trump,… Read More

DAVE KING

DIGITALIS

‘We’ve invested many millions in tech,’ says Dave King, founder of Digitalis. The firm’s technology mitigates online reputational, physical and cyber-security risks for UHNWs and their families. Digitalis mines clients’ online information, then advises on potentially risky data and works… Read More

DUNCAN LAMONT

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

A partner at Charles Russell Speechlys since 2001, Duncan Lamont typically acts for high-profile sportspeople, business figures, politicians and HNWs, as well as broadcasters, authors and bloggers. Known for his hands-on approach, Lamont has been heavily involved in phone-hacking litigation,… Read More

CHRIS LANE

MACKRELL TURNER GARRETT

Destined for a career as an electrical engineer – ‘the family business,’ he says – Chris Lane’s head was turned by a week’s placement at a London-based barristers’ chambers, specialising in high value construction disputes. ‘Sitting in reception on day… Read More

STUART LEACH

PAGEFIELD GLOBAL COUNSEL

Everything’s new for ex-barrister and former advertising man Stuart Leach, who left Bell Pottinger in July and now fronts a new enterprise in partnership with Pagefield. ‘Our new independent state is full of opportunity,’ he says with obvious relish. Leach’s… Read More

CHARLES LEWINGTON

HANOVER

Charles Lewington’s standing in the field has grown exponentially since he founded Hanover in 1999. The firm recently acquired Bell Pottinger Middle East, in the wake of the Bell Pottinger scandal. A statement called it ‘a strategic opportunity to supercharge… Read More

TIM LUCKETT

HILL + KNOWLTON

Tim Luckett is Hill + Knowlton’s global crisis lead, using his 25 years of media and PR experience to run a 24/7 team of 200 crisis consultants specialising in crisis response, digital and social training, simulations, litigation and cyber-crime support…. Read More

SARA MANSOORI

MATRIX CHAMBERS

Sara Mansoori has a clear enthusiasm for the job: ‘It’s the immediacy of the results for your clients and the importance of the remedy that you can fix for them… You can save someone’s reputation in one hearing at an… 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

RAMONA MEHTA

MISHCON DE REYA

One needs to stay ‘two steps’ ahead of the game, says Mishcon’s head of reputation protection Ramona 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

AMBER MELVILLE-BROWN

WITHERS

Spear’s Reputation Lawyer of the Year in 2016 and solicitor of choice to the likes of the Duke of Marlborough, Novak Djokovic, blue-chip corporations and global UHNWs, Amber Melville-Brown is a safe bet for corporate and individual clients looking to… Read More

CHARLIE METHVEN

DRAGON ADVISORY

Charlie Methven sees a need for more experts in PR, which he says has been ‘bedevilled by bullshit merchants for a long time’. He argues that crises blow up when lawyers bring PRs in too late – ‘literally when the… Read More

RAZI MIRESKANDARI

SIMONS MUIRHEAD & BURTON

Highly regarded for his work advising clients on both general commercial disputes and in high profile media, music and publishing litigation cases, Razi Mireskandari serves as both managing partner and head of dispute resolution at Simons Muirhead & Burton, where… Read More

STEVE MORRIS

PORTLAND COMMUNICATIONS

2018 marked Steve Morris’s tenth year as managing director of Portland. During his tenure the firm has grown from a team of 20 to more than 250. Clients include some of the world’s best-known billionaires as well as family offices,… Read More

JAMES OLLEY

MONTFORT COMMUNICATIONS

‘There is an ever-increasing need from clients for high-level senior engagement and counsel that cuts through the noise, an interpretation of what “it” means for them and what they should do,’ says James Olley. A noted media strategist, he is… Read More

SIR ALAN PARKER

BRUNSWICK

Described as a ‘true pro’ by industry peers (and ‘the godfather of modern financial public relations’ by the press), Sir Alan Parker chairs Brunswick, the communications powerhouse founded in 1987 and now spread across 15 countries and 24 offices. The… Read More

ALASDAIR PEPPER

CARTER-RUCK

Alasdair Pepper is one of the leading experts in the field of media law.  ‘He’s a veteran in this field and nothing gets past him – he can spot a needle in a haystack and pull it out with laser-sharp… Read More

JOE PHELAN

ETOILE

Etoile Partners is a geopolitical consultancy, specialising in strategic positioning advice and communications management. Joe Phelan, a partner of the organisation, was previously a special adviser to the Secretary General of the Commonwealth. He has advised many high-profile organisations and… Read More

JULIAN PIKE

FARRER & CO

The head of reputation management at Farrer & Co, Julian Pike is remarkably philosophical about the recent scandals in the entertainment industry and government. ‘Scandals come and go’, he explains. ‘It’s like buses – when one thing goes wrong, they… Read More

GERALDINE PROUDLER

CMS

‘It’s keeping a lot of lawyers busy on both sides of the equation,’ Geraldine Proudler says of the incoming GDPR. The head of reputation and media litigation and partner at CMS notes that there have always been trends in reputation… Read More

SIMON QUARENDON

KEENE COMMUNICATIONS

For Simon Quarendon, a man with a 35-year career in corporate affairs, the appeal of reputation management is its unpredictability. ‘It isn’t formulaic’, he says. ‘There’s no one silver bullet or magic solution. Every situation has a different set of… Read More

ROLAND RUDD

FINSBURY

Roland Rudd was a star journalist before he was a PR giant: working alongside Robert Peston at the Financial Times, he was known as ‘The Rat’ (after Roland the Rat). His departure in 1994 to set up RLM Finsbury with… 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. His firm has achieved many firsts since its founding in 1984 – not least the landmark… Read More

NIRI SHAN

TAYLOR WESSING

‘There is a level of recognition now about what lawyers do in the space that didn’t exist five years ago,’ says Niri Shan. Whereas instructing a lawyer was once seen as an ‘inherently aggressive’ step, there is now a more… Read More

GABRIELLE SHAW

GABRIELLE SHAW COMMUNICATIONS

Trusted advisers in the private client comms world are expected to be ahead of the zeitgeist, says Gabrielle Shaw, whose offering has been making a name for itself in the last 21 years. ‘We are future-facing, big picture thinkers and… Read More

ANTHONY SIMON

PORTLAND COMMUNICATIONS

‘People see the world differently,’ says Anthony Simon of the ‘contextual shift’ in Western politics. It is a trend that has precipitated change in Portland, with the formation of a specialist Brexit team (including some from the UK government) to… Read More

LORNA SKINNER

MATRIX CHAMBERS

One of Matrix’s prime barristers, Lorna Skinner was close to choosing a career in criminal law, before opting for the world of media instead. ‘I’m very glad I did! It’s an area that is constantly evolving to keep pace with… Read More

LAURA SLATER

QUIET LTD

‘Based on what I’ve seen and heard, it would take a lot to shock me,’ says Laura Slater, a specialist crisis and reputation adviser. Her expertise lies in controlling and managing reaction to ‘all levels of issues that arise on… Read More

MARK STEPHENS

HOWARD KENNEDY

‘I’ve always been intellectually curious,’ says Mark Stephens, partner at Howard Kennedy and head of its media law and regulatory team. His expertise on reputation issues ‘came about through representing a lot of journalists who were being sued’, which led… Read More

NIGEL TAIT

CARTER-RUCK

Learning about this media heavyweight comes in handy should one need any advice on reputation management, whether it’s obtaining a front-page apology or six-figure damages for libel. Nigel Tait, the managing partner of Carter Ruck, who has recently sued Google… Read More

DAN TENCH

CMS

‘At law school I had no desire to do media law,’ says Dan Tench. ‘I thought law would set me up for whatever I wanted to do. I fell on my feet and got involved in some amazing cases, and… Read More

MARK THOMSON

ATKINS THOMSON

‘Our job is primarily to defend our clients, but sometimes the work we do has a more significant impact,’ says Mark Thomson, who has represented film stars, supermodels and politicians. His firm continues to act for victims of the phone-hacking… Read More

GEORGE THWAITES

CLEARWOOD COMMUNICATIONS

Having previously worked at the Mail on Sunday, where he broke a number of stories, George Thwaites still retains the air and outlook of a journalist. That’s something his clients appreciate as he takes a hands-on approach to writing stories… Read More

REBECCA TOMAN

CARTER-RUCK

‘She finds areas of weakness others don’t spot,’ one market observer says of the fearless Rebecca Toman. A partner at Carter-Ruck, she comes highly recommended for success in the ‘celebrity threesome’ case of PJS v News Group Newspapers, heralded as… Read More

DR LAURA TOOGOOD

FIELDMASTER GROUP

Spear’s contributor Dr Laura Toogood holds a PhD in social informatics and is co-author of the book Journalism and PR: News Media and Public Relations in the Digital Age. In 2016 she founded Fieldmaster Group, which helps individuals, family offices… Read More

STEVEN TREGEAR

RUSSELLS

Spare time is scarce for Steven Tregear, head of litigation at entertainment firm Russells. He specialises in resolving disputes for companies and individuals in entertainment, media and sport. Having joined Russells in 1985, Tregear is well versed in advising on… Read More

ADAM TUDOR

CARTER-RUCK

Carter-Ruck’s Adam Tudor is a force to be reckoned with in the high octane world of reputation management, including defamation and privacy, as well as other high profile disputes. He has skilfully secured a myriad apologies and substantial damages for… 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

GERRARD TYRRELL

HARBOTTLE & LEWIS

‘The philosophy of the firm is best summed up by the statement made when it was founded: “We do interesting work for interesting people”,’ says Gerrard Tyrrell, who counts numerous household names as clients, including the Royal Family. ‘Gerard Tyrrell… Read More

JOACHIM VON HALASZ

VON HALASZ CONSULTING

‘Family offices and pension funds think alike. Their respected long-term investment horizons increasingly correlate. More co-investments will take place,’ says Joachim von Halasz, founder and CEO at Von Halasz Consulting. He has more than 20 years of experience in reputation… Read More

ED WILLIAMS

EDELMAN

A former journalist, Ed Williams has always enjoyed the fast pace that comes with live issues. ‘It’s this combination of handling live issues and making a difference through sound advice that keeps it interesting,’ he says. ‘And, of course, you… Read More

EMMA WOOLLCOTT

MISHCON DE REYA

Emma Woollcott advises individuals, companies and charities on defamation, breach of confidence, invasion of privacy, harassment and data protection concerns, focusing increasingly on digital technology and online publications. ‘Although our client base includes some incredibly prominent and HNW individuals, the… Read More

DAVID YELLAND

KITCHEN TABLE PARTNERS

‘I’ve got more search power on my iPhone than I used to have as editor of the Sun,’ says Kitchen Table Partners founder David Yelland. He also spent 11 years at Brunswick and Weber Shandwick, where his clients included the… Read More