Reputations Management Lawyers

Spears 2020

MARK STEPHENS

HOWARD KENNEDY

Mark Stephens is in a league of his own – a lawyer who’s become a figure of national significance. Any reputation of his magnitude must be built on exceptional client relationships. ‘I’d do anything for Mark,’ says a famous TV… Read More

JENNY AFIA

SCHILLINGS

‘I am lucky enough to work with some of the most successful people in the world,’ says Jenny Afia, a leading light at Schillings. ‘Despite all of their resources, I see just how distressing unfair attacks on reputation can be.’… Read More

ADELE ASHTON

PENNINGTONS MANCHES COOPER

‘Undoubtedly mischief caused on social media and the internet continues to challenge reputation management practitioners to come up with creative legal and non-legal solutions for those who find themselves the subject of online publications,’ says Adele Ashton, a defamation and… 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

HANNA BASHA

PAYNE HICKS BEACH

A specialist in defamation, privacy and breach of confidence, Payne Hicks Beach’s Hanna Basha has acted in a number of landmark defamation and privacy cases in her storied career. She secured the highest ever damages award in an ‘offer of… Read More

GIDEON BENAIM

SIMKINS

‘We focus on the law side and work with the best comms people there are,’ says Gideon Benaim, speaking to Spear’s on the eve of winning Case of the Year at the Spear’s Wealth Management Awards. This was bestowed for… Read More

MAGNUS BOYD

SCHILLINGS

Schillings stalwart Magnus Boyd counts all manner of HNWs among his clients, and is as adept at data breaches as he is at defamation; advising on information security and managing the risk to reputation that arises in the event of… Read More

AMY BRADBURY

HARBOTTLE & LEWIS

A senior associate in Harbottle & Lewis’s media and information group, Amy Bradbury is a specialist in the protection and exploitation of information. ‘I am proud when clients come to us with their reputation under threat, and we can use… Read More

PERSEPHONE BRIDGMAN BAKER

CARTER-RUCK

A senior associate at Carter-Ruck, Persephone Bridgman Baker combines media litigation with her intellectual property practice. Her work takes in pre- and post-publication matters, privacy and harassment work, as well as copyright and trademark work – advising new and small… Read More

MIKE BROOKES

LEE & THOMPSON

‘Life goes on,’ says Mike Brookes, the head of Lee & Thompson’s reputation protection division, who joined thr firm back in 1998. Over the years, Brookes has won highly publicised cases on behalf of A-list clients including Jude Law, Eddie… Read More

RODDY CHISHOLM BATTEN

CLINTONS

It’s been another busy year for Roddy Chisholm Batten, who’s become well accustomed to taking on major legal battles – on behalf of many actors, TV personalities, sportsmen and musicians – since joining Clintons 16 years ago Career highlights include… Read More

ROD CHRISTIE-MILLER

SCHILLINGS

Chief executive Rod Christie-Miller has continued to preside over the transformation of Schillings into an all-purpose protective unit for HNWs. ‘[The purpose] of Schillings is to give more services to existing clients, to find adjacent services to give to those… Read More

JEREMY CLARKE-WILLIAMS

PENNINGTONS MANCHES COOPER

As the well-regarded head of the reputation management, defamation and privacy arm of Penningtons Manches Cooper, Jeremy Clarke -Williams is not one to blow his own trumpet. In the last year he – along with his colleague Adele Ashton –… 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

Dominic Crossley is a leading name in reputation law and, as Head of Dispute Resolution at Payne Hicks Beach, spearheads the firm’s wider litigation offering. ‘I started in commercial litigation, and I still classify myself as a commercial litigator,’ he… Read More

GILLIAN DUFFY

SCHILLINGS

Gillian Duffy was recently promoted from legal director to partner at Schillings, a recognition of her talent and expertise, often in disputes of a multi-jurisdictional nature. ‘This is undoubtedly the highlight of my career to date,’ she enthuses. While her… Read More

RYAN DUNLEAVY

STEWARTS

‘Clients are invariably looking for a quick but effective remedy to whatever issue affects them,’ says Ryan, who joined Stewarts as partner last year. ‘I see myself much more as a creative problem solver than a lawyer, and the best… Read More

DAVID ENGEL

ADDLESHAW GODDARD

David Engel explains that his work is mainly behind the scenes. He offers advice, representation and negotiation and does his best to keep his clients out of court (‘although sometimes it’s the only option’). ‘It’s also crucial to work collaboratively… Read More

ANTONIA FOSTER

CARTER-RUCK

Media litigation and reputation management specialist Antonia Foster has a clientele that spans private individuals, MPs, members of European royal families, as well as other high net worth individuals, professionals and celebrities. ‘Often clients come to us having received a… Read More

ANDREW FREMLIN-KEY

WITHERS

‘I had fairly strong views from the start that people are very much entitled to their privacy despite being high-profile,’ asserts Andrew Fremlin-Key. The litigation and arbitration associate at Withers describes the chance to work with Amber Melville-Brown as ‘a… Read More

CALLUM GALBRAITH

HAMLINS

Callum Galbraith acts as a ‘long-term trusted adviser’ for a clientele that includes numerous musicians, actors, actresses and their agents, as well as politicians and businesspeople. He deals with a wide range of disputes within their related sectors: ‘My role… Read More

LUCY GIBSON

SINCLAIR GIBSON

Private client tax and trust lawyer Lucy Gibson heads Sinclair Gibson with Keith Bruce-Smith, and has a broad practice, primarily advising HNWs and trustees. She covers the establishment and restructuring of family and charitable trusts for devolution purposes and tax… Read More

CLAIRE GILL

CARTER-RUCK

Last year brought Carter-Ruck’s talented partner Claire Gill an opportunity to shine after engaging in two trials against the tech titan Google – in relation to the right to be forgotten, arising from data protection breaches and misuse of private… Read More

CHARLOTTE HARRIS

KINGSLEY NAPLEY

‘A powerful advocate who defends the interests of her client beyond the call of duty’ is how one market commentator describes Charlotte Harris – known for her work on injunctions as well as for her role as a board director… Read More

ABIGAIL HEALEY

ADDLESHAW GODDARD

‘As the internet and social media developed and came to dominate our lives, the scope of our work widened dramatically, and these days we are advising on everything from data breaches and cleaning up digital footprints to handling hostile political… Read More

JAMES HEATH

ATKINS THOMSON

Reputation management solicitors must be ‘measured, calm and pragmatic’, says James Heath of Atkins Thomson. He has worked in media litigation for over a decade, was lead solicitor in hacking litigation against the Mirror Group, and acted for social worker… 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

BEN HOBBS

SCHILLINGS

Ben Hobbs speaks to Spear’s at a momentous time in his career, as he was recently made partner after a decade at Schillings’ international practice. He applied for and obtained a training contract at the firm in 2008 after reading… Read More

CHRISTOPHER HUTCHINGS

HAMLINS

Media partner Christopher Hutchings continues to build on the momentum of a successful 2018, when he won the leading privacy case of Ali v Channel 5 in March 2018. ‘Judgment will set a precedent for privacy cases, particularly those arising… Read More

JOHN KELLY

HARBOTTLE & LEWIS

‘Around 90 per cent of our work is preventative,’ John Kelly tells a Spear’s staffer all too familiar with receiving one of Harbottle’s firmly worded legal warnings during time served at the Daily Mail. ‘Yes. We spend a healthy amount… Read More

DUNCAN LAMONT

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

Fiercely protective of his clients, Duncan Lamont says that when a newspaper is asking questions about a client, it is often enough just to ring its legal department and threaten an injunction. He describes one case where he ‘took a… 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

ALEX MCCREADY

VARDAGS

Alex McCready began her career at Linklaters, having read Law at Cambridge. ‘I soon realised that I really enjoyed working directly with clients, helping them to solve problems,’ she says. For the past decade she has been working with a… Read More

AMBER MELVILLE-BROWN

WITHERS

Amber Melville-Brown was getting ready for the New York Bar exam when Spear’s rang. If successful, she’ll be the reputation management world’s first ‘transatlantic-qualified’ lawyer. ‘I’m quite excited about it,’ she says, ‘but the pressure’s on.’ The head of Withers’… Read More

JON OAKLEY

SIMKINS

Jon Oakley was a part of the Simkins team that won Gideon Benaim Spear’s Case of the Year for their representation of Sir Cliff Richard against the BBC. ‘He did that because he felt under a duty to try to… Read More

ALASDAIR PEPPER

CARTER-RUCK

Alasdair Pepper is a leading expert in 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 precision,’ one industry commentator has… Read More

JULIAN PIKE

FARRER & CO

Spear’s catches Farrer’s head of reputation management during a minuscule break in a ‘fast-moving and dynamic’ year. ‘Work tends to be very quick,’ Julian Pike says. ‘You get brought in at no notice and the case can last for 24… Read More

GERALDINE PROUDLER

CMS

‘It’s keeping a lot of lawyers busy on both sides of the equation,’ Geraldine Proudler said of the impending GDPR laws when we spoke last year. The head of reputation and media litigation at CMS notes that while there have… 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

When we spoke last year, Niri Shan was philosophical about the role of a lawyer in reputation management: ‘A lawyer specialising in reputation management is something other lawyers might find quite surprising.’ However, Taylor Wessing’s head of media is glad… Read More

ROBIN SHAW

INCE GORDON DADDS

‘In legal practice, do not be surprised by anything,’ warns Ince Gordon Dadds partner Robin Shaw, who has more than 35 years in the media and reputation world. Hailed by industry commentators as being a ‘cerebral operator’ with ‘excellent analytical… Read More

NIGEL TAIT

CARTER-RUCK

Credited as a ‘mentor’ and ‘pre-eminent in his field’, Nigel Tait heads up Carter-Ruck’s defamation and media law department, where he has secured pay-outs and apologies for the likes of Elton John, Liam Gallagher and Frank Bruno, as well as… Read More

DAN TENCH

CMS

‘In the past 10 years, the practice of reputation management has evolved,’ Dan Tench tells Spear’s, adding that the playing field has changed from being principally based on ‘the law of defamation’ to a much broader range of legal issues,… 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 phonehacking… Read More

REBECCA TOMAN

CARTER-RUCK

‘The fragility of reputation can never be underestimated,’ Carter-Ruck partner Rebecca Toman tells Spear’s. Toman advises UHNWs, prominent individuals and corporate and commercial clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters including online, data, cyber and information law, crisis… 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

It’s been a characteristically busy year for Carter-Ruck’s formidable Adam Tudor, who has secured numerous apologies and substantial damages for a range of individuals and corporations in the public eye. Recent highlights include securing £170,000 in libel damages and four… 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

‘We use the law to protect our client’s information, reputation and security, often on a global basis,’ says Gerrard Tyrrell, who counts numerous household names as clients, including the Royal Family. ‘Importantly, we also protect the integrity, accuracy and availability… Read More

EMMA WOOLLCOTT

MISHCON DE REYA

‘The key is to know which battles to fight – and to fight these hard’, says Emma Woollcott, Partner and Head of Mishcon’s Reputation Protection team. ‘We take time to understand your world, your priorities and your challenges, and we… Read More