Reputation Management Lawyers

Top 10


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


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


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

Jenny Afia


Soon after joining Schillings in 2006, Afia knew she’d made a smart move: ‘On my second day, I knew I had made the right choice when I did an injunction for an A-lister who was being blackmailed by her nanny.’… Read More


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



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



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



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


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


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

Top Recommended

Amber Melville-Brown


Melville-Brown sees herself as a ‘spider in the middle of Withers’ worldwide web’, as she often works with other departments to defend the reputation and privacy of clients. It might involve assisting the family or corporate teams when a client’s… Read More

David Sherborne

5 Raymond Buildings

Getting hold of Sherborne can be a tricky business, as the tireless media barrister is often caught in a client’s last-minute emergency. When you do manage to reach him, you realise why comedian Frankie Boyle told the warm and friendly… Read More


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

Duncan Lamont

Charles Russell Speechlys

A partner at Charles Russell since 2001, Lamont typically acts for high-profile sportspeople, business figures, politicians, and HNWs, as well as for broadcasters such as ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Following his firm’s merger with Speechly Bircham, he anticipates… Read More



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


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

Hugh Tomlinson QC

Matrix Chambers

Going to bat for both Prince Charles and The Guardian, makes Tomlinson a tough act to follow. He specialises in defamation, breaches of confidence, privacy and data protection — though he also has advisory work and litigation about freedom of… Read More

Jo Sanders

Harbottle & Lewis

Working increasingly with CEOs, executives and entrepreneurs, the former journalist and media relations executive says this area of law chose her. ‘I had a resonance with it. It is fast-moving and the stakes are often very high, so for all… Read More

Mark Stephens

Howard Kennedy

Art and media law statesman Mark Stephens says he was ‘tricked into being a lawyer’ by the manager of Pink Floyd, who was lodging in his family home when he was growing up. ‘He’s now a multi-billionaire and I’m a… Read More


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

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

Paul Tweed

Johnson Solicitors

As a litigation lawyer to insurers such as AXA and blue-chips such as Tesco, Tweed has been on high-profile media cases in the UK and Ireland for 30 years. His first major defamation case came in 1986 after two prominent… Read More



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

Roddy Chisholm Batten


With clients like Russell Brand and Davina McCall on-book, the personable privacy and reputation partner has his work cut out for him. In March 2014, Chisholm Batten acted for three of Paul Weller’s children in a highly publicised spat with… Read More

Rising Stars

Ben Hobbs


Since joining Schillings as a trainee in 2008, Hobbs has been involved in a number of high-profile privacy injunctions. These have included an application against a foreign bank and a British proxy server for a client who had seen his… Read More


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

Joelle Rich


The 29-year-old, who joined Schillings from DLA Piper in 2011, teaches clients’ children the risks behind their internet behaviour and helps them understand how to control what they share online. She also focuses on how family cases can affect the… Read More