Reputation Management Lawyers

Spears 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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