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Headed by ‘highly intelligent’ David Engel  and ‘quick-witted’ Abigail Healey , Addleshaw Goddard is ‘one of the very highly regarded practices in the sector’ and are commended for having the ‘wider resources and capacity to run and manage very large-scale litigation’. Amongst their list of clients are GlaxoSmithKline, Sainsbury’s and Travelodge. Samantha Haigh  is one to note.

The team at Atkins Thomson has ‘great in-depth knowledge’ of media-related litigation including defamation, privacy and data protection. The firm has ‘extensive knowledge and expertise in pre-publication injunctions’ as well as harassment injunctions. In addition to acting for a number of client in phone hacking litigation, the team has experience of obtaining disclosure orders and other remedies against international media companies such as Google and Facebook. The firm has successfully defended Donald Trump in a defamation case, acted for Mrs Cherie Blair in defamation and privacy actions and acted for The Estate of Sir Bobby Robson in relation to phone hacking by the press. The ‘extremely able’ Graham Atkins  is a ‘quality litigator’. ‘Innovative and reliable’ Mark Thomson  is one of the lead lawyers in the phone hacking litigation. Other names to note include Nicola McCann  and James Heath.  Yinka McKay  joined the team.

Carter-Ruck has ‘a track record of excellence in high-profile privacy and defamation actions’. They boast an impressive client list which includes, celebrities, leading business people, politicians and multinational companies and represented NT1 and NT2 in the right to be forgotten claims against Google. The ‘excellent’ Adam Tudor  successfully represented the Mahmood family in a libel case against Katie Hopkins and MailOnline. ‘Experienced’ partner Nigel Tait  represented Aurora and Ricardo Pierdant in a libel action against Guardian Newspaper. Others names to note include Claire Gill  and Persephone Bridgeman-Baker . Antonia Foster  and Rebecca Toman  have been promoted.

CMS' include ITV and Guardian Media Group as well as a number of high-profile individuals. Dan Tench  acted for Bloomberg in defending a claim brought by an individual based on privacy, data protection and breach of confidence and also led the team advising Appleby on all aspects of reputational management after the ‘Paradise Papers’ leak. Other names to note include partner Karen Denny, who acted for Microsoft Corporation in connection to a right to be forgotten claim; and the ‘impressive’ Tamsin Blow. Ian Felstead joined Latham & Watkins.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP  has ‘a strong team that provides a cost-effective service for clients’.  The team advise high net-worth individuals, corporates and brands on defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, data protection issues and also engage in pre-publication action on behalf of their clients. The firm has successfully represented several members of the British royal family against publications like Mail Online and Closer Magazine. Other work included representing The First Lady of the United States of America Melania Trump in successful defamation proceedings against The Daily Mail and obtaining an on-air apology for Pets at Home Limited following the finding of the BBC Trust that a Watchdog programme lacked accuracy and had failed to be impartial. The team is led by the ‘tactically astute’ Gerrard Tyrell , ‘able’ Jo Sanders  and ‘brilliant’ John Kelly .

RPC  is a defendant firm that ‘offers a level of advice and litigation experience that’s hard to beat’. Clients include The Daily Mail, The Sun, The BBC and Financial Times. ‘Hugely experienced’ partner Nicola Cain  advises several high-profile publications on defamation and privacy issues. Keith Mathieson  is praised for being ‘a highly respected partner who has a complete command of the legal issues’. He was the lead partner acting for News Group Newspapers in a privacy and breach of confidence claim brought by the Duchess of York. He also defends MGN Limited in civil claims relating to voicemail interceptions and Associated Newspapers Limited against data protection, libel and privacy claims. Other names to note include Rupert Cowper-Coles,  Philip Tansley  and Oliver Murphy

Schillings  has ‘a very strong team with an up-to-date practical knowledge and excellent responsiveness’. Rachel Atkins  is commended for her ‘excellent subject knowledge and practicality’. Jenny Afia  is the lead partner in a team conducting ten defamation, harassment and breach of confidence claims in the Bahamas on behalf of Mr Louis Bacon. Other names to note include partner Keith Schilling  and Magnus Boyd . Chris Scott left to found reputation management firm, Himsworth Scott.

Simons Muirhead & Burton  acts for major broadcasters and television production companies. Clients include Simon and Schuster, Channel 4 and Penguin Random House. Partners Louis Charalambous , Martin Soames  and Razi Mireskandari  are all ‘reassuringly capable lawyers’. They’ve acted for News Group Newspapers Limited in a number of claims including successfully opposing a libel claim brought by cleric Ali Hammuda and defending a libel and breach of Data Protection Act claim brought by Max Mosley. In addition, the practice carries out all legal clearance work for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Erica Henshilwood , Gordon Clough  and Jeffrey Smele  are additional names to note.

Wiggin LLP is a defendant practice with ‘a team of very approachable and responsive industry experts’ who ‘provide a stellar service to clients’. The team is headed by ‘knowledgeable and experienced strategist’ Caroline Kean. Clients include 21st Century Fox, Netflix and MoneySavingExpert. Anna Doble  and Adelaide Lopez  are associates to watch.

Lee & Thompson LLP represents clients across the media, technology, entertainment and creative industries. ‘Level-headed’ partner Mike Brookes  led the team acting for Moroccan Prince Moulay Hicham in his libel and data protection claim against Elaph Publishing Limited, and is defending Channel 5 in a privacy claim brought against them by Mr Ali and Mrs Aslam. Other names to note include Leo Dawkins  and Mark Stafford .

Mishcon de Reya LLP is a 'well-established firm with an excellent reputation for high quality work’. The practice has handled a range of highly-publicised cases and acts on behalf of clients over multiple jurisdictions including Saudi Arabia, the United States of America and Greece. The ‘tech-savvy team’ regularly deals with issues relating to new technologies and social media. Head of department Emma Woollcott  is ‘a hugely impressive and strategically astute litigator’ who specialises in defamation, breach of confidence, invasion of privacy, harassment and injunctions. Head of Mishcon Private James Libson  is ‘a skilled litigator and arbitrator’. Harry Eccles-Williams and Alexandra Whiston-Dew  are ones to watch. The ‘excellent’ Ramona Mehta is now a consultant.

Penningtons Manches Cooper has impressive capabilities across the full range of libel, reputation management and privacy law and is also adept at providing pre-publication advice. The group is regularly called on by other departments in the firm to act for individuals and clients include high-profile and high-net-worth individuals, as well as police officers and companies. Associate director Adele Ashton is representing a professional photographer in proceedings concerning defamation, negligence and breaches of the Data Protection Act concerning a nude photo shoot on a National Trust for Scotland property; the claim is subject to contested jurisdiction. Other recent work for Ashton includes acting for the claimant in a claim against a Foundation Trust pertaining to the alleged misuse of private information and breach of confidence and breach of the Data Protection Act. Head of reputation and privacy Jeremy Clarke-Williams is another key name.

Headed by the ‘outstanding’ Gideon Benaim, ‘responsive’ Jon Oakley  and ‘pragmatic’ Tom Iverson, Simkins LLP's team is commended for its ‘strong knowledge and experience’. It acts for a number of high-profile individuals and also does advisory work for film and television producers, non-news publishers and digital media clients. Gideon Benaim led the team that successfully represented Sir Cliff Richard in his privacy and data protection action against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police. Fiona McAllister  and Jessica Welch are also recommended.

Taylor Wessing LLP's clients include high-net-worth individuals, corporates and global publishers. In addition to more traditional claimant work, the reputation management department advises on liability issues arising from use of social media, cyber-security and data breaches, online harassment and data protection law. Niri Shanmuganathan  leads on a range of matters including blackmail threats, an application to reduce reporting restrictions and pre-publication advisory work. Other names to note include the ‘smart and assertive’ Michael Yates  and ‘very responsive’ Timothy Pinto . Simon Jupp  joined from Shoosmiths LLP.

ACK Media Law LLP's team is headed by Sue Charles  and Susan Aslan. Aslan advised Channel 4 on programme complaints, and successfully defended Associated Newspapers in libel proceedings in respect of a MailOnline article reporting on the conviction of three men.

In addition to representing high-profile individuals like Sam Allardyce and organisations like Stringfellow Restaurants Limited in reputation management issues, Archerfield Partners LLP handles a range of privacy, harassment, copyright and data protection. Partners Mark Bateman and Paul Chamberlain  have been instructed by six individuals who have been notified by the Metropolitan Police Service of potential phone hacking under Operation Golding. Charlotte Ward was promoted to senior associate.

Bates Wells's clients include The Times, politicians, foreign royalty and the NUS. The team is headed by the ‘highly experienced’ Rupert Earle; Highlights included advising Royal Albert Hall in relation to a series of adverse articles published by The Telegraph and acting for Times Newspapers Limited in a case concerning the recoverability of success fees and after the event insurance premiums from media defendants in conditional fee agreement cases. Ross Allan  and Andrew Wheelhouse  are also recommended.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's reputation management department is headed by Joby Davies  and Graham Shear and acts for a number of high-profile celebrities, politicians, high-level executives and corporates including Tesco, HSBC and Thames Water. The team has notable expertise in private confidential information and cybersecurity issues such as corporate espionage, email hacking and theft of electronic data. Sarah McAtominey  is also recommended.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts for ITV and ITN’ on  compliance advice and litigation, and is acting for several soap actors, celebrity agents and PRs in phone hacking matters. Department head Duncan Lamont  acted for numerous claimants in the group voicemail interception litigation against News Group Newspapers Limited. Nick White and Stephanie Bonnello  joined the team from Couchmans LLP.

At Clintons, Roddy Chisholm Batten is acting for individuals bringing nine separate claims for misuse of private information against News Group Newspapers Limited in relation to the unlawful interception of mobile telephone voicemails. The firm has also been heavily involved in the Mirror Newspapers hacking litigation and has settled over 42 clams against Mirror Group Limited. Caroline Hrabi is a rising star.

David Price of David Price Solicitors & Advocates  acts for a wide range of defendant clients ranging from newspapers to members of the public. Clients include Barcroft Media, The Telegraph and Random House. In the past year, he has been instructed by Independent Print Ltd to apply to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal in the Lachaux case.

Headed by the ‘superb’ Julian Pike, the practice at Farrer & Co acts for high-profile individuals, charities, celebrities, organisations and publishers. The practice acted for Princess Tessy of Luxembourg on matters related to her divorce proceedings in the High Court, and advised the Football Association in relation the Select Committee inquiry into its handling of allegations of discrimination made against Mark Sampson. Tom Rudkin  is also recommended. Michael Patrick left the firm.

Foot Anstey boasts a ‘knowledgeable and responsive team that offers a good value for money'. The firm advises a large number of publishers and broadcasters including Which?, Johnston Press PLC and Emap Limited. Tony Jaffa is praised for his ‘measured and thoughtful advice’; he acted for Trinity Mirror in two defamation claims brought in the High Court and successfully obtained anonymity for an individual in the defense of a breach of privacy and civil harassment claim revolving around allegations of revenge pornography. The team also provides pre-publication and post-publication advice to a range of publishers including The Sun, Archant and Tindle Newspapers Limited. The ‘reliable and highly qualified’ Jennifer Agate  is one to watch.

The ‘very committed’ media team at Hamlins LLP acts for a range of claimant in libel and data protection claims, and assists corporate clients and executives with reputation management matters including preventing publication, online issues and the right to be forgotten. Christopher Hutchings  is representing various claimants against News Group Newspapers. The ‘experienced, calm and practical’ Simon Gallant  joined the team from Gallant Maxwell.

Headed by the ‘experienced and responsive’ Mark Stephens CBE, Howard Kennedy LLP represents high net worth individuals and large corporations abroad and in the United Kingdom on privacy and reputation matters. The firm acted for Democratic Press SA in defence of a libel claim brought by Israeli businessman Mr Sabby Mionis and provides pre-publication advice to publishing companies. ‘Highly experienced’ senior associate Elizabeth Morley  is one to note.

Payne Hicks Beach acts for high-net-worth individuals, commercial organisations and publishers. Dominic Crossley led the team advising Max Mosley on media and data protection issues. Hanna Basha  and Nick Grant  joined the team from Hill Dickinson LLP; Hanna's work includes acting for Everton FC in relation to various media issues including the removal of allegations printed by the Telegraph and securing apologies for allegations which were broadcast and appeared in the press. Sarah Webb has retired.

Headed by the ‘experienced and intelligent’ David Barker, the team at Pinsent Masons LLP  ‘has real expertise and strength in all aspects of media and information law’.  Highlights included advising Google in relation to a number of right to be forgotten cases; acting for the BBC in a breach of confidence claim brought against it by Appleby; and advising the Media Lawyers Association in relation to an application to the Supreme Court in the Elaph Publishing case. Senior Associate Alex Keenlyside  is commended for being ‘incredibly diligent and intelligent’. Imogen Allen-Back  is an ‘impressive’ associate who is ‘wise beyond her years’.

Withers LLP ‘provides excellent service and great value for money’ to charities, politicians, sports personalities, celebrities and businesses. Highlights included assisting Sasha Wass QC with a successful IPSO complaint against the Mail on Sunday and the MailOnline, performing pre-publication work on behalf of a well-known author and advising high-net-worth individuals on blackmail and defamation issues. Amber Melville-Brown  and Athalie Matthews  are commended for their ‘excellent client care and practical instincts’. The ‘experienced and practical’ Caroline Thompson  and ‘proactive and professional’ Andrew Fremlin-Key  are ones to watch.

The media and information law team at Bindmans LLP  acts for NG0s, television producers, national newspapers and household-name celebrities. Team Head Tamsin Allen  is praised for being ‘bright and brilliant with clients’; she acted for Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie.

BLM is a defendant practice that represents a wide range of clients including but not limited to insurers, newspapers, magazines, advertisers, marketing companies, police forces, local authorities and universities. In the past year, partner Tim Smith  has been instructed by the City of London Police and its insurers in relation to defamation proceedings brought by an individual convicted of making fraudulent insurance claims, The University of Cambridge and its insurers in relation to a negligence claim brought by a job-seeker and King Edward Camp Hill School for Girls and its insurers. Julia Varley  is one to note. Steve Kuncewicz  and Hannah Pilkington  are recent additions to the team.

Collyer Bristow LLP is a ‘longstanding presence in the defamation and privacy field’. Partner Steven Heffer  acted for nine claimants including David Tennant, Sophia Myles and Eddie Irvine in phone hacking and misuse of private information claims against News Group Newspapers. Rhory Robertson  is ‘a doyen within the libel and media field’ and is described as ‘someone who brings a calm, commercial and assured approach to even the most difficult case’.

DLA Piper's clients include Macmillan, NBC Universal and Al Jazeera. Ruth Hoy  and Claire Sng  focus on defamation, privacy and breach of confidence matters. Duncan Calow  is 'highly experienced in advising on defamation and privacy matters in e-publishing and digital content'. Andrew Smith, Simon Levine and Richard Taylor advise on defamation disputes for entities ranging from individuals to major corporates.

Fieldfisher  is noted for its specialist expertise in online defamation issues. Key figures include Colin Gibson and Rhys Griffiths, who  is ‘a safe pair of hands for complex matters'. Clients include politicians, high-net worth individuals and publishers.

Headed by Alan Watts, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises clients on defamation, malicious falsehood, misuse of private information, breach of confidence, harassment and regulatory remedies. The practice acted for Lord Sugar in connection with false and misleading online advertising using his name and image to promote services without authorisation. Neil Blake, Christopher Cox and Angela Liu  are also recommended.

Kingsley Napley LLP 's media and reputation unit acts for high-profile individuals and corporations with a particularly strong sports, entertainment and political focus. Other areas of expertise include pre-publication and post-publication advice and injunctions. Team Head Charlotte Harris and Gerard Cukier are praised for their ‘brilliant client care’; they acted for Rt Hon Damian Green MP in relation to public allegations made by a journalist and former police officer. Helen Morris is also recommended.

The team at Lewis Silkin LLP includes Adam Glass, who has ‘a wealth of experience’ and acted Cherish Premier Wealth Limited in relation to an undercover investigation into alleged pension scams broadcast on prime-time television. He also represented the Public Relations & Communications Association in a hearing against PR agency Bell Pottinger. Giles Crown represented Oath (formerly AOL) in defamation proceedings. Another name to note is Ali Vaziri. Oliver Fairhurst moved to Stewarts Law LLP.

Headed by Mark Manley, Manleys Solicitors represents celebrities, high-net-worth individuals and professional sportspeople as well as media, broadcast and publishing companies. The team has experience of acting on behalf of senior politicians on allegations of false statements and is experienced in online publishing issues. The firm provides pre-publication/pre-broadcasting advice to Bauer and Newsco. ‘Competent and knowledgeable’ partner Leanne Wheeler has acted for the NHS and Bet 365. Katie Mickleburgh is one to watch. Adam Berman joined from Weightmans LLP.

Russells Solicitors is a specialist entertainment and media firm that acts for celebrities in libel, privacy, harassment and data protection claims against magazines, websites and newspapers. Joint heads Steven Tregear and John Reid successfully represented Cheryl Tweedy in preventing the publication of intrusive stories during her pregnancy. Callum Galbraith  joined Hamlins LLP in summer 2018.

Seddons acts for UK-based and international clients on libel, privacy, data protection and intellectual property issues. Mark Lewis successfully acted for George Galloway’s former aide, Aisha Ali-Khan, in relation to libellous claims made by the former MP.  Rory Lynch joined from Spring | Law.

Squire Patton Boggs has been involved in a number of high-profile cases and provides pre-publication and post-publication advice to other firms and high-net-worth individuals. It also provides reputation management advice to politicians, sportspeople and musicians. The ‘hugely impressive’ Tim Lowles has been promoted to Director.

Swan Turton LLP acts for high-profile individuals and corporate clients in defamation, privacy and other reputation management matters including pre-publication work. Clients include composer and performer Ennio Morricone, for whom the firm handles contractual matters; digital media company Refinery29, for which the firm advises on pre-publication matters; and journalist and broadcaster Mark Lawson. Partner Catherine Fehler is ‘meticulous, highly intelligent and wholly committed’. Rupert Grey acts for high-net-worth individuals and institutions in complex reputation management matters. Associates Paula Kumar and Anne Mannion  are Also recommended.

Brett Wilson LLP conducts privacy, data protection and harassment cases for both claimants and defendants, with a particular focus on internet-related issues. The firm has conducted a number of representative actions on behalf of institutions and private bodies and has also been engaged in a large number of privacy claims, particularly focusing on medical confidence. Iain Wilson’s clients include Hertsmere Borough Council and Association of British Bookmakers. Max Campbell was promoted to partner. Alexander Cochrane joined the team from Collyer Bristow LLP. Tom Double is also recommended.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on reputation management, privacy, advertising and branding disputes.  Andrew Terry successfully acted for the Chairman of Millwall FC in his defamation claim against former Tory Minister, Mr Stephen Norris. He also represented BUQ in obtaining privacy injunctions to prevent the publication of highly personal information. Michael Clavell-Bate is experienced in handling reputation management matters for public and private institutions.

At Gordon Dadds LLP dispute resolution head Nick Goldstone acts for claimants against the press and broadcasters, while the ‘intellectually brilliant and ruthlessly effective’ Robin Shaw acts for Private Eye on a number of matters, including successfully dismissing an application by Cambridgeshire Police to obtain access to Private Eye’s subscriptions list. Melanie Hart joined Harbottle & Lewis LLP.

The team at Keystone Law handles proceedings on behalf of claimants and defendants on a range of matters including intellectual property, risk management and litigation.  Jonathan Coad joined the team from Lewis Silkin LLP and acts for television personality Noel Edmonds in relation to his claim against Lloyds Banking Group. He also successfully acted for Mohammad Kozbar in his defamation hearing against The Daily Telegraph. Ian Down has acted for several well-known global brands.

Headed by Ashley Hurst, Osborne Clarke LLP's team act for corporates, high net-worth individuals, online platforms and print publications. Key work included acting for Appleby in a breach of confidence claim, and defending David Longmuir in a libel case brought by Svetlana Lokhova. Other clients include EMAP Publishing Limited, TripAdvisor and Wilmington Healthcare Limited. The ‘hardworking and engaged’ Charlie Wedin and ‘responsive’ Alexander Vakil are also recommended.

Sheridans represents high-profile individuals, businesses and regulatory bodies in a wide range of reputation management issues, including pre-publication work, breach of confidence cases, mis-use of private information and defamation cases. Keith Ashby and Theo Solley are names to note.

Shoosmiths LLP's team is led by Kath Livingstone and Mark Elder. Key work included successfully acting for Lee Sharpe and other high-profile individuals in phone hacking claims against Mirror Group Newspapers Limited; and acting for Derwent Holdings Limited in securing the removal of confidential information from an online blog.

Simmons & Simmons’ client list includes major international financial institutions, insurers, asset managers and professional services firms. Paul Baker and Robert Allen handle reputation management issues arising from all forms of published material including social media commentary.

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