Firms To Watch: Reputation management

Brown Rudnick LLP recruited Charlotte Harris in June 2023; formerly practice head at Kingsley Napley LLP, she acts for a wide range of prominent individuals and household name companies on all aspects of media law.

Reputation management in London


Carter-Ruck is the go-to firm for a number of notable individuals and organisations facing threats to their reputations and privacy on both a domestic and international stage. In addition, the team also acts for a series of internationally-focused publishers and broadcasters. Practice head and managing partner Nigel Tait has a strong track record in litigation, regularly securing front page apologies in national newspapers. Adam Tudor typically handles reputational matters for multinational corporations, as well as NGOs and high-profile politicians and celebrities. Persephone Bridgman Baker specialises in defamation, privacy and data protection, while Rebecca Toman is experienced in blackmail and harassment matters, as well as other forms of crisis management. Senior associate Mathilde Groppo is experienced in acting for both claimants and defendants, while senior associate Helena Shipman handles misuse of private information and data protection claims.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Tait

Other key lawyers:

Adam Tudor; Persephone Bridgman Baker; Rebecca Toman; Helena Shipman; Mathilde Groppo; Claire Gill; James Watkins; Dominic Garner; Antonia Foster


‘Quite simply, the Carter-Ruck lawyers are brilliant; their knowledge of the law is second to none, and their excellent tactical abilities mean that they are always on the ‘front foot’ vs opposing legal teams. With Carter-Ruck on your side, you know that you are receiving the very best support it is possible to have.’

‘Nigel Tait and Persephone Bridgman Baker are truly special. They go to the trouble of finding out exactly what their client is seeking, and then set about achieving that objective in the most time- and cost-effective way possible. They treat each client as if they are the most important person in the world, regardless of how financially significant the case may be for the firm.’

‘Nigel Tait and Helena Shipman worked very well in collaboration and understood the larger picture as well as the particular dynamics on possible solutions.’

‘Nigel Tait was patient in listening and coming to grips with the actual issues. Helena Shipman was aware of particular limitations of dealing with social media but understood what type of possibilities exist to appeal to different platforms.’

‘Helena Shipman from Carter-Ruck is simply the best in her field. Outstanding knowledge, excellent communication skills. Unique skill set and the right person to achieve the best outcome.’

‘Rebecca Toman, Persephone Bridgman Baker and Helena Shipman are all excellent lawyers. Their knowledge, approach and client manner are fundamental reasons as to why clients feel so at ease and understood.’

‘Carter-Ruck is the stand-out solicitors’ firm in reputation management. They are hugely experienced and specialist and their partners and associates are of the highest calibre.’

‘Nigel Tait is one of the star individuals in this area. Despite being a senior statesman he remains very visible and is still a real fee-earner, still involved in the day-to-day practice etc. Persephone Bridgman Baker is very bright and charismatic.’

Key clients

Len McClusky

Mike Ashley

Arvind Tiku

Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif

Laura Murray

Ilian Stoimenov

Zoe Harcombe

Dr Ashti Hawrami

Al Jazeera

Richard Parsons

Azeem Rafiq

Susan Hamblin

TF Global Markets Limited

Shaima Dallali

Al-Khair Foundation

Insanity Talent Management Limited

Kate & Gerry McCann

Rached Ghannouchi

Wafic Said

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

With a focus on preventative work, Harbottle & Lewis LLP‘s ‘best in class’ reputation management practice advises on all aspects of defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, defamation and information law. The team works on behalf of a range of corporates and UHNWIs across the entertainment, media and sports sectors. Senior partner Gerrard Tyrrell has over 35 years of experience working for some of the most influential people in the country, including members of the Royal Family and former prime ministers, as well as powerful industry names in the US tech sector. John Kelly deals with reputation protection for leading figures in the entertainment and sport arenas. Senior associate Louise Prince is known for her experience with privacy issues, while Amy Bradbury has a strong track record in data protection work.

Practice head(s):

Gerrard Tyrrell; John Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Emma Wright; Daniel Marks; Andrew Terry; Louise Prince; Amy Bradbury; Elizabeth McClenan


‘Always professional, highly knowledgeable and experienced, comprehensively accessible, happy to go the extra mile.’

‘Fantastic to work with, excellent at client relations, calm under fire, knowledgeable and reassuring.’

‘Excellent knowledge and experience in this practice area, especially John Kelly.’

‘The Harbottle & Lewis team have a wonderful ‘family’ feel about them. They are professionally robust, honest and discreet whilst maintaining a sense of fun and light-heartedness over some difficult and pressing issues. As a result, they are a pleasure to work with and for.’

‘John Kelly and team are simply best in class. They specialise in the complicated and do it better than all others.’

‘John Kelly is the leading advisor in this space bar none. He is an excellent advisor and client handler.’

‘Gerrard Tyrell: a leader in the field, clientele are second to none. John Kelly: experienced, hard working, client friendly and practical.’

Key clients

All of the most senior members of The Royal Family, including HM The Queen, HM The King and Queen Consort and TRH The Prince and Princess of Wales

Former First Lady of the United States Melanie Trump

Sir Richard Branson

David and Victoria Beckham

Kate Moss

David Ross

Gordon Ramsay

Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer

Soho House

The Estate of Shane Warne



Pets at Home Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Alexandra Pettifer (also known as Tiggy Legge-Bourke) in proceedings against the BBC for defamation over false claims made during the making of the Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales and obtained a statement in open court from the BBC as well as substantial damages.
  • Representing a number of high-profile victims of phone hacking who are pursuing claims against News Group Newspapers and Mirror Group Newspapers.
  • Representing IS Prime, a brokerage business, in pursuing a claim in malicious falsehood over false statements made by a competitor and its head of compliance.


As ‘one of the most experienced’ defendant-focused media teams, RPC comprises specialists in defamation, privacy and editorial advisory services; the firm acts for clients across all areas of the media, including national and local newspapers, broadcasters, magazines and freelance journalists. Practice head Keith Mathieson is experienced in advising on media content and defending matters pertaining to freedom of expression. Rupert Cowper-Coles has a strong track record defending leading media and tech organisations in data protection cases. Alex Wilson is regularly instructed by media organisations on matters surrounding defamation, privacy and data protection. Alex Vakil acts on behalf of broadcasters, online platforms and publishers in a variety of contentious reputation and data matters.

Practice head(s):

Keith Mathieson

Other key lawyers:

Rupert Cowper-Coles; Alex Wilson; Alex Vakil; Samantha Thompson; Nadia Tymkiw; Mafruhdha Miah; Thomas Otter


‘The leading defendant firm, with a superb team which has great strength at every level.’

‘Alex Vakil is a great all-rounder with a cool head under pressure.’

‘The RPC reputation management team is one of the most experienced in London.’

‘Keith Mathieson is a veteran partner who has seen the press through some of the most important defamation and privacy litigation. His judgement is second to none, as is his legal knowledge.’

‘Rupert Cowper-Coles and Alex Wilson are relatively new partners, but already experienced in handling important media cases.’

‘Samantha Thompson is very good and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Associated Newspapers Limited

Times Newspapers Limited

News Group Newspapers Limited

Reach plc (Mirror Group Newspapers)

Bloomberg L.P.


Peter McCormack

Channel 4

Realtid Media AB

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Carole Cadwalladr

Work highlights

  • Defending Associated Newspapers against an ongoing libel claim brought by the Duke of Sussex.
  • Representing MGN in long-running phone hacking litigation.
  • Defending Carole Cadwalladr against a libel claim brought by Arron Banks which was subject to a Court of Appeal decision.


Schillings handles reputation and defamation issues for a wide array of prominent global businesses across the retail, financial services, manufacturing and healthcare sectors. The team also regularly represents UHNWIs, including the Duke of Sussex, in cases concerning privacy and defamation. Rachel Atkins spearheads the team and is instructed by a variety of individuals, business owners and corporates in the financial services and retail sectors. Jenny Afia has represented some of the most high-profile individuals in the world in the entertainment, technology and finance sectors, while Joelle Rich supports private clients currently under media scrutiny with their right to privacy issues. Ben Hobbs is experienced in crisis management for corporates and individuals, and recently-promoted partner Sam Ahuja is experienced in defamation matters across multiple jurisdictions. Steven Hudson is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Atkins

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Afia; Keith Schilling; Joelle Rich; Steven Hudson; Ben Hobbs; Sam Ahuja


‘Schillings are a great team who after all these years still occupy a unique place in the legal market. Their emphasis on reputation management is second to none and they are a first port of call in this area.’

‘The Schillings team are the best in the world that we have ever engaged for our reputation management. They are well resourced and multi-skilled and have very strong investigative and fact-checking experience.’

‘The innovative way in which Schillings assigns media partners to help manage our matters ensures that we are given a comprehensive level of coverage and advice at the most important times. They took the time to understand us as clients and are able to give us fully tailored advice.’

Key clients

The Duke of Sussex

Sir James Dyson

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sir James Dyson in his claim against MGN relating to an article published in the Mirror making defamatory allegations about the client.
  • Representing the Duke of Sussex in a claim against Associated Newspapers regarding a defamatory article published by The Mail on Sunday relating to the Duke of Sussex’s judicial review claim on the UK Government’s decision to withdraw police protection for him and his family in the UK.

Simons Muirhead Burton

Simons Muirhead Burton is seen as the go-to practice for defendant work by some of the largest publishers and broadcasters in the country, including MGN and Channel 4. In addition, the team has a strong track record defending some of Europe’s largest publishing houses, NGOs and trade unions. Department head Jeffrey Smele advises news organisations on defamation, privacy, data protection and regulation and confidentiality issues, particularly during pre-publication clearance. Louis Charalambous is an expert in the content aspects of journalism, including libel, privacy and contempt. Razi Mireskandari, who brings his exerience as dispute resolution team head to the group, is skilled in media litigation. Stephen Shotnes is skilled in litigation and pre-publication clearance issues, while Martin Soames specialises in publishing disputes. Senior associate Emma Linch is another key name, specialising in defamation and misuse of private information work.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Smele

Other key lawyers:

Louis Charalambous; Razi Mireskandari; Dina Shiloh; Stephen Shotnes; Martin Soames; Maninder Gill; Emma Linch


‘A wealth of experience combined with an unparalleled legal and practical knowledge of all pertinent aspects within this field.’

‘Led by the redoubtable Razi Mireskandari, the team gels remarkably effectively to cover all aspects of reputational litigation and advice. The team provides an unrivalled service to clients in this field.’

‘Razi Mireskandari is a genuine leader in this field – hugely knowledgable and tactically astute, experienced – he has few rivals. Sensible, charming and experienced, his oversight is invaluable. He just knows what to do.’

‘Dina Shiloh provides invaluable insight with her background in journalism and knowledge across all media platforms. An assured and able lawyer, her contribution to the team to the benefit of the client is considerable.’

‘All of the people we work with are sensitive to our place in the industry and understand our concerns.’

‘We find them excellent to work with.’

‘Unrivaled experience and media advice and media litigation practice for defendants and for complainants. Strength in depth.’

Key clients

News Group Newspapers Limited (‘NGN’), publisher of The Sun

MGN (publisher of the Mirror)

New York Times/Serial Productions


Penguin Random House

Simon & Schuster

The London Review of Books

Channel 4

Royal Institute of International Affairs

Lad Bible

Bindmans LLP

The reputation and crisis management team at Bindmans LLP represents both claimants and defendants in cases concerning libel, privacy, data protection and copyright issues. The team has a growing specialism in reputation and media management for whistleblowers, where it works closely with the firm’s employment and crime departments. Tamsin Allen leads the team with over 20 years of experience handling some of the most significant media cases before courts of all levels, particularly on behalf of individuals making libel claims against the media. Criminal lawyer Kate Goold deals with crime-related matters for journalists and media organisations. Monika Sobiecki is an expert in data protection and information law.

Practice head(s):

Tamsin Allen

Other key lawyers:

Jules Carey; Kate Goold; Monika Sobiecki; Tayab Ali


‘A small but expert team with great knowledge in this area and who work together to ensure the best result for the clients. Cost effective and cost efficient. Able to consider the best way of achieving the aims of the client, which in this area may not be commencing litigation.’

‘Monika Sobiecki is excellent and works tirelessly for her clients.’

‘Depth of knowledge and client care are exceptional.’

‘Tamsin Allen – very clever, brilliant with clients, engaged and engaging.’

‘Extremely committed in the work that they do.’

‘The practitioners we work with are very experienced and knowledgeable. They are extremely well informed and have a knack for solving legal conundrums.’

Key clients

Caroline Watt

Joma Sison

Jolyon Maugham / GLP

Freedom from Torture

Pre-Publication Advice

Carole Cadwalladr

Nina Cresswell

Work highlights

  • Represented Caroline Watt, the agent of Rebekah Vardy, in the Wagatha Christie proceedings, and successfully resisted the application to be joined as a party to the main proceedings.
  • Successfully defended Joma Sison, a Filipino political refugee and prominent critic of President Duterte’s regime in the Philippines, from a defamation claim brought by a supporter of President Duterte.
  • Advised the Good Law Project and Jolyon Maugham on various defamatory allegations made about him and Good Law Project in the press.

Brett Wilson LLP

The media and communications law department at Brett Wilson LLP has a strong track record in matters surrounding defamation, malicious falsehoods, data protection and harassment. While primarily a claimant practice, the team also has a growing level of expertise in defendant work. Managing partner Iain Wilson leads the team, handling defamation, privacy and data protection matters for a varied client roster, including politicians, celebrities and corporates. Max Campbell handles privacy and harassment matters for HNWIS, while Tom Double acts for claimants in a wide array of media and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Iain Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Max Campbell; Tom Double; Adham Harker


‘Iain Wilson – 0ne of the founders of the firm and he gets better as the years go on. Has acted for an array of individuals in the last couple of years with excellent results. Readily available when needed which is so important in a fast-moving reputation issue.’

‘This area can often be complex and so it is essential to have a specialist team on hand and, in addition, there is always a partner associated to each matter that is available to speak with.’

‘Whilst Iain Wilson is the managing partner, he always finds time to discuss your case and is down to earth and pragmatic.’

‘Max Campbell is always on top of his game and his breadth of practice ensures he has every angle covered.’

‘Tom Double is really bright and engaging.’

‘Tom Double is superb, he is extremely able and technically very bright. He is a careful tactician and always completely on top of his case. He never over-promises or under-delivers.’

‘Iain Wilson is a very good strategist and on top of the case. He gives confidence to the client.’

Key clients

Anna Palus

Andrew Lownie

Erica Smith

Scarlett Dew

Professor Wyn Evans

Dr Than Wai

Paul Embery

Caroline Ley

Work highlights

  • Secured £50,000 in damages in privacy and harassment proceedings on behalf of an American academic subject to a serious and sexualised campaign of online harassment.
  • Acting for a well-known publisher and royal biographer in the defence of a libel claim brought by a former colleague.
  • Secured £30,000 in damages and successfully brought committal proceedings against an individual the client had met on Tinder who became her stalker.

Bristows LLP

The media and data protection disputes team at Bristows LLP has acted for a number of household names in the tech and journalism sectors, including Google, Meta and ITV. In particular, the firm has a strong track record in disputes surrounding defamation, misuse of private information, and data protection. Practice head Alex Keenlyside has considerable experience in media and data protection litigation, particularly for tech companies. Mark Watts leads the firm’s data protection sub-team and acts on a wide range of privacy issues. Senior associate Victoria Baron has experience advising tech and media companies on intermediary liability and misuse of private information.

Practice head(s):

Alex Keenlyside

Other key lawyers:

Mark Watts; Victoria Baron; Toby Headdon


‘A leading data protection law team which is used by all the leading tech companies, their media team is now very well regarded and is able to provide quality advice across the full spectrum of media, publication and information law.’

‘Alex Keenlyside – clients love him and he provides calm, carefully reasoned advice on all defamation and privacy-related matters. He is equally as adept acting for major tech firms, leading companies and high-profile individuals, and has a superb feel for the intersection between defamation and data privacy claims.’

‘Alex Keenlyside is an outstanding practitioner. Calm, methodical and highly strategic, clients love him for his ability to think about the bigger picture and deliver when it matters. Would not hesitate to recommend (and indeed have recommended) him to big players in this field. An outstanding lawyer.’

‘Victoria Baron is a superb practitioner. She delivers results more often than the postie, and a real pleasure to work with. Definitely one to watch in this field.’

‘Bristows stand out from the crowd because they are tech-savvy, and understand the operation of the online media world in which modern day reputation management is centred. They punch above their weight.’

‘Alex Keenlyside is an experienced specialist in defamation and data privacy law. He is delightful to work with and has a good client manner.’

‘Victoria Baron is a very able and talented associate specialising in media law.’

‘Alex Keenlyside is excellent – measured, thoughtful and responsive.’

Key clients


Meta (Facebook)

Thomson Reuters


Orbis Business Intelligence



Thomson Reuters Foundation

Twofour Broadcast (an ITV subsidiary)


British Airways



Xandr (a Microsoft subsidiary)

Chronicle (a Google subsidiary)

Chatham House



CMS has a strong track record across the full range of issues surrounding media and information law, particularly for clients in the energy, finance and media sectors, as well as for HNWIs. Dan Tench became team leader in 2022, following the retirement of former practice head Geraldine Proudler ; he brings experience in defamation, data protection and privacy matters to the role. He is supported by Tamsin Blow, who has significant investigations experience.

Practice head(s):

Dan Tench

Other key lawyers:

Tamsin Blow


‘Dan Tench is simply a stellar lawyer, and a secret weapon. If someone asked me what one thing gives your organisation the edge in legal matters, I’d say that we can contact Dan when things are tricky.’

Key clients

Sports Information Services Ltd

Chubb and its clients


Reach plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sports Information Services in a case relating to the creation and provision of horseracing betting odds and other data relating to horseraces.
  • Advising Chubb European Group on a media helpline to assist clients with media professional liability policies.
  • Appointed to the legal panel of FTSE 250 listed Reach.

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co is experienced in advising HNWIs on a range of complex reputation issues, particularly those in the fields of charity, arts and heritage, and education. The team also includes a strong defendant practice for publishers. Julian Pike leads the team, with over 30 years of experience advising individuals, corporations and institutions on crises and pre-publication issues. Tom Rudkin advises on all aspects of reputation and risk management, as well as handling media disputes, including information theft, defamation and harassment claims.

Practice head(s):

Julian Pike; Tom Rudkin

Other key lawyers:

Athalie Matthews


‘Julian Pike has done exceptionally well to build the media department into what it is today – I have observed him in conversation with clients and seen how trusted he is by them. He gives very sensible but positive advice.’

‘Their knowledge, network, and creativity of solutions.’

‘Julian Pike and Tom Rudkin are my go-to people.’

‘Discreet in their approach, honest and direct with their advice and very open to collaboration with other experts across the reputation management value chain. There are only a handful of other firms that come close to meeting their capabilities.’

‘Julian Pike is a highly respected, trusted and experienced adviser with a long and distinguished record of reputation management. He is calm, fair, but also direct in his assessments of clients’ challenges.’

‘Tom Rudkin has a keen intellect and a very personable disposition which allows him to quickly forge a relationship with clients and find the best course of action for them.’

Key clients

The Executor of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’s Estate

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP handles all aspects of reputation management for a high-profile client base of HNWIs and businesses. Working closely with the firm’s white-collar crime, financial services and employment departments, the practice is equipped to deal with extremely sensitive matters, including crisis management and litigation both domestically and internationally. The team is led by Emma Woollcott, who is an expert in defamation, breach of confidence, invasion of privacy and harassment matters. Managing partner James Libson acts for a number of high-profile individuals and charities. Managing associate Harry Eccles-Williams has particular experience in politically-driven disputes.

Practice head(s):

Emma Woollcott

Other key lawyers:

James Libson; Michael Frost; Harry Eccles-Williams; Alexandra Whiston-Dew


‘Mishcon de Reya is an exceptional legal firm that stands out in the industry. The firm has a team of highly talented and professional lawyers who provide excellent advice and support to their clients. The firm’s approach is unique, which is to deliver their legal services with compassion and understanding for their clients.’

‘Harry Eccles-Williams is an exceptional lawyer who is known for his ability to work collaboratively with clients to provide them with sound and clear advice. He has a wealth of experience in dealing with a range of legal issues and is highly regarded for his expertise in this area.’

‘Michael Frost – an outstanding young partner who is a pleasure to work with. Deals with complex reputational management cases with real strategic nous. Clients love him because he is so personal in his approach, but he is also highly strategic and focused on thinking through problems 360 degrees and relentlessly delivering results for the client.’

‘Michael Frost is superb. He has a great way with clients, sees the whole picture, and gets right to the heart of an issue. A very impressive lawyer. Emma Woollcott is excellent. Very thoughtful, very clever, very easy to deal with.’

‘Mishcon de Reya is a phenomenal law firm. They are extremely professional, highly effective, charming and always calm and fun to work with and for. I cannot rate them more highly.’

‘Emma Woollcott provides no-nonsense advice, grounded in practical realities, ensuring that clients appreciate the true reality of their position.’

‘The Mishcon team is one of the most progressive in the market. Strong believers in diversity, the team is highly collaborative and understands the importance in getting a wide range of advice to help solve their clients’ challenges.’

‘Emma Woollcott is a seasoned expert and leads one of the strongest teams in the market. She is very progressive in her thinking and is willing to use every tool at her disposal to solve a problem.’

Key clients

Azeem Rafiq

Rohingya victims of violence in Myanmar

OneTaste Incorporated, Institute of OM LLC, OM IP Co, Nicole Daedone, Rachel Cherwitz

Luke Turner

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC and Euromoney Trading Limited

Paula Vennells

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Payne Hicks Beach LLP has a broad range of expertise, regularly advising on issues relating to reputational attacks, pre-publication matters, defamation and unwanted media attention. This work is done on behalf of a series of prominent UHNWIs, as well as leading corporates. Dominic Crossley is an expert in breach of confidence, defamation and harassment matters, regularly acting for victims of crime and press misconduct. Hanna Basha has extensive experience in defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection, with particular expertise in pre-publication situations. Andrew Willan specialises in the crossover between cybersecurity, privacy and data protection matters.

Other key lawyers:

Lucas Moore; Nick Grant; Nataly Tedone


‘A strong team with vast experience of media and reputation management issues, and of high-profile litigation.’

‘Dominic Crossley – a brilliant team leader, who is always a calm and reassuring presence, even at difficult moments.’

‘Andrew Willan – strong on drafting and communication with counsel and clients, a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Dominic Crossley: a heavyweight, great with clients, knows the industry inside-out. Hanna Basha: safe pair of hands, very experienced. Andrew Willan: pragmatic, personable, delivers great advice.’

‘Hanna Basha – astute and commercially minded lawyer who is able to assist clients who have reputational issues to achieve the best result in the best way.’

‘Andrew Willian – a more recent addition to the partner team following his continued success in this field. He is approachable and has an in-depth knowledge of reputation management issues.’

‘PHB offers a highly personalised service from a team for whom nothing is too much trouble. They are empathetic at times of challenge and tactically very astute in their handling of sensitive personal affairs with a view to achieving a good outcome.’

‘Hanna Basha is excellent. Sensible, pragmatic and fearless in her advocacy for her client.’

Key clients

Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein

Dillian Whyte

Lady Barclay

Michael Rosen

Georgia Harrison

Ocado Retail

Jeremy Kyle

Work highlights

  • Advising on the cyber-attack of Princess Haya and her associates by Sheikh Mohammed (or those acting at his behest) and related media and privacy issues.
  • Acting for Dillian Whyte in his proceedings against CBS Interactive and Boxing Acquisition in relation to publication of private and confidential information on the Boxing Scene website.
  • Acting for Georgia Harrison in High Court litigation against Stephen Bear in relation to the publication of her private information on the OnlyFans website.

Simkins LLP

Simkins LLP acts for clients in crisis situations, especially those involving digital and social media issues in the defamation, privacy and data protection spaces. In addition, the team is heavily involved in pre-publication and pre-broadcast work. Gideon Benaim leads the team, representing leading clients in the financial services, technology and television sectors. Tom Iverson supports clients with matters concerning data protection, defamation, privacy and copyright law. Associate Jessica Welch is another key name, with experience in defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Gideon Benaim

Other key lawyers:

Jon Oakley; Tom Iverson; Jessica Welch; Hugo Mason


‘A Rolls Royce service to clients. Extremely responsive and always ahead of opponents.’

‘Gideon Benaim is calm under pressure. His decision making is always on point.’

‘Jon Oakley is a great thinker and all over the detail. A calm head when it is needed most.’

‘Gideon Benaim heads up the exceptional department, and both Gideon and Jon Oakley were hugely professional, delicate, understanding and thorough. Advice was always succinct. Billing is as expected, and the team under Gideon and Jon were swift and thorough in their dealings with our client.’

‘Gideon Benaim is a very bright, considered, talented lawyer with years of experience heading up the team in reputation, and his knowledge and expertise ensures thorough exploration of all the facts before quality advice is given.’

‘Gideon Benaim heads the reputation team with extensive expertise in defamation, privacy, harassment and copyright.’

‘Simkins are genuinely concerned with their client’s interests – seeking to reach satisfactory resolutions before the matter comes to court. They are very quick into action and are available 24/7 – they realise that in this area of business speed is very important. They have a network of contacts around the world who can be called on to give unbiased advice in many jurisdictions. Overall very highly recommended.’

‘Gideon Benaim is outstanding. He gives sound counsel and is not afraid to say what he thinks is the best advice, regardless of whether this is what the client thinks they want to hear. I also recommend Jon Oakley.’

Wiggin LLP

As a defendant-based practice, Wiggin LLP‘s reputation management and content protection team acts for many of the leading publishers in the UK, as well as film and TV companies in the US. Matthew Dando leads the team with particular experience handling publication disputes in the media industry, as well as libel and privacy litigation. Caroline Kean regularly undertakes complex cross-jurisdictional media matters. Senior associate Adelaide Scardino Lopez is experienced in breach of confidence claims, as well as cases relating to defamation, privacy, data protection and copyright. Senior associate Elizabeth Wiggin advises clients on pre-action issues, as well as appearing before courts.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Dando

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Kean; Robin Shaw; Elizabeth Wiggin; Adelaide Scardino Lopez


‘Matthew Dando is a pleasure to work with and maintains a calm perspective during even the most turbulent cases. Clients hugely value his reassuring judgement and commercial acumen.’

‘Adelaide Scardino Lopez is hugely liked by clients, she has fantastic instincts and is completely committed to her clients’ best interests.’

‘Matthew Dando and Adelaide Scardino Lopez are both brilliant, hard working, great to work with and have sound judgment. Hugely impressive team.’

‘Significant experience acting for media defendants, well known and with a deserved reputation.’

‘Caroline Kean – complete heavyweight, excellent instincts. Matthew Dando – sensible, pragmatic, safe pair of hands with clients. Elizabeth Wiggin – hard working, team player, on top of details.’

‘Caroline Kean – seasoned partner with a wealth of litigation experience.’

‘Caroline Kean is not only an expert in the field of media freedom and strategic litigation against public participation but personally committed to it. Communicates well and is very easy to work with.’

‘Elizabeth Wiggin is excellent. She instills confidence, is a grafter, and is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Key clients


Private Eye

The Telegraph

The Guardian

Spitting Image


Associated Newspapers Limited

News Group Newspapers (The Sun)


Penguin Random House

Condé Nast

Times Newspapers Limited

HarperCollins Publishers Limited

21st Century Fox

New York Post

National Geographic

Fox Searchlight





PinkNews Media Group Ltd

Future plc

Dow Jones (The Wall Street Journal)

Tom Bower

The Wylie Agency

Ocean Media Group

Centaur Media

MBC Group


Argus Media Limited

Cambridge University Press

DAZN Group

Stats Perform

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism


Oxford University Press



Faber & Faber

Immediate Media


Orion Books

Jewish Chronicle

Work highlights

  • Defending the Guardian in a High Court libel action by the actor, director, writer and producer Noel Clarke regarding a series of articles published in April 2021 detailing allegations about Mr Clarke’s behaviour.
  • Successfully defended HarperCollins and journalist Tom Burgis in a libel claim brought by the Kazakh mining giant, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation, concerning Mr Burgis’s book, Kleptopia.
  • Defended Associated Newspapers against claims by the leader of the opposition and now Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif, and his son-in-law, Imran Ali Yousaf, for defamation over an article in The Mail on Sunday and MailOnline.

Withers LLP

The media and reputation team at Withers LLP supports an array of international corporates, charities and HNWIs, particularly those active in the art, entertainment and sports sectors. Data protection, defamation, breach of confidence and blackmail are particular focus areas. Jo Sanders and Amber Melville-Brown jointly lead the team; the former regularly handles privacy, blackmail and harassment matters in concert with the white-collar crime team, while the latter splits her time between London and New York.

Practice head(s):

Amber Melville-Brown; Jo Sanders

Other key lawyers:

Andy Fremlin-Key


‘Responsive, respectful, knowledgeable and approachable. Well considered and helpful legal advice and guidance. Wide range of specialisms and the teams work hand-in-hand to ensure their clients have expert and appropriate legal opinion.’

‘The team at Withers LLP stands out for its unparalleled dedication to innovation and client-centric approach. A key characteristic that distinguishes the practice from others is the multidisciplinary background of its team members, which enables a holistic understanding of clients’ needs.’

‘The Withers team work tirelessly to come up with creative solutions for their clients. They leave no stone unturned when it comes to defending the reputation of their clients.’

‘Very good attention to detail and availability to provide input. Very good commercial knowledge of the industry.’

‘Jo Sanders is a very sensible and knowledgeable lawyer.’

‘Jo Sanders and Andrew Fremlin-Key make a formidable and extremely diligent team.’

Key clients

Raffaele Mincione

Novak Djokovic

Aston Martin Racing

Mary Katrantzou

Paulo Dybala

ACK Media Law LLP

ACK Media Law LLP is best known for its work concerning defamation, pre-publication advice, privacy, copyright and data protection, where it acts for a range of publishers, producers and broadcasters.  Susan Aslan is experienced in all aspects of media litigation and regularly advises clients on crisis management issues, including those relating to social media. She co-leads the team with fellow founding partner Sue Charles, who handles defamation, privacy and compliance issues for major film and TV companies.

Practice head(s):

Sue Charles; Susan Aslan


‘The firm is a niche but highly experienced media law firm. The partners have enormous experience advising media defendants, both broadcasters, and digital and newspaper publishers, on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious legal issues.’

‘Susan Aslan has great judgment, interpersonal skills and experience.’

‘Susan Aslan is one of the most experienced media solicitors in London and is particularly strong on defending media publishers like newspapers and television. She is very sensible and applies very good judgement in her client’s best interests.’

Key clients

Associated Newspapers Limited

Channel Four Television

DVV Media Group

E.L. James/Fifty Shades Limited




New Year Film Limited

LNRS Data Services Limited

Rise Films


Hoxton Mini Press Limited and Hoxton Productions Limited

Avali Film Limited

Maurice Media Limited

Blast! Films Limited

Story Films Limited

Mandabach TV

Addleshaw Goddard

The reputation and information protection team at Addleshaw Goddard acts for a range of international blue-chip corporates and HNWIs, working closely with the firm’s litigation department. David Engel leads the team with considerable experience in privacy and data protection claims. Neil O’Sullivan left the team to join Osborne Clarke LLP in 2022.

Practice head(s):

David Engel

Other key lawyers:

Paul Rowley


‘A first-rate claimant firm which is able to offer bespoke reputation management and litigation advice to both individuals and multinationals.’

‘David Engel is a fantastic lawyer who brings calm analysis and great instincts to even the most contentious cases. His huge experience in the area makes clients immediately feel at ease.’

‘David Engel is an excellent strategist.’

Key clients

British Airways

David Bruce

Drax Group

Lloyds Pharmacy


The Royal Household

Gareth Thomas

Archerfield Partners LLP

Archerfield Partners LLP has considerable experience acting for HNWIs and corporates on both the claimant and defendant side on matters concerning defamation, privacy and reputation management. Matthew Dowd leads the team, handling privacy and reputational issues in the UK and internationally. Mark Bateman specialises in defamation, privacy and harassment matters, while Kevin Bays is experienced in copyright and data protection work.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Dowd

Other key lawyers:

Mark Bateman; Kevin Bays


‘The magic is in the personal touch, the knowledge of what I am looking for, and how they will deliver in a way that I appreciate.’

‘Mark Bateman is on my speed dial for all the big gnarly matters that come my way, he is the big hitter that I rely on. Mark is calm, knowledgeable and confident, everything you need when faced with a reputation management situation.’

‘Boutique practice taking on difficult cases for demanding clients.’

Key clients

GEDI Gruppo Editoriale

Molly-Mae Hague

Eva Green

Sam Allardyce

Henry Cavill

Ferne McCann

Work highlights

  • Representing GEDI Gruppo Editioriale, the publisher of Italian national daily newspaper La Repubblica and L’Espresso magazine, in a High Court libel claim brought by businessman Raffaele Mincione.
  • Acting for Pan Macmillan Books and Tyler James in relation to a claim bought by Mitch Winehouse over the book My Amy.
  • Advising actress Eva Green on reputation management issues arising from her successful High Court claim against White Lantern Film (Britannica) and SMC Specialty Finance.

Bates Wells

Bates Wells has experience working for major newspaper publishers, charities, student unions and faith-based broadcasters on matters relating to harassment, moral rights, unfair commercial practices and data protection, with a particular emphasis on matters involving social media. Rupert Earle  acts as head of media disputes, with a strong track record acting for major institutions, household name brands and famous individuals. Alex de Jongh is particularly experienced in advising campaigning groups on defamation matters.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Earle

Other key lawyers:

Alex de Jongh

Key clients

Times Media Limited

Hymns Ancient & Modern (publisher of Church Times)

Blue Marine Foundation

Conflict Armament Research

Verso (Publisher)

Student Unions (e.g, Birmingham Guild)

Trinity College

Effective Ventures Foundation

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Experienced in both claimant and defendant work, the reputation management team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles defamation and libel matters for a range of prominent HNWIs in the UK and internationally. In addition, the team frequently handles pre-publication advice, data protection and breach of confidence matters. Department head Duncan Lamont has over 30 years of experience acting for newspapers and broadcasters on all aspects of media law, including in matters relating to the phone hacking scandal.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Lamont

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Gornall; Stephanie Bonello; Gabrielle Shovlin


‘The spirit of team work is outstanding.’

‘From having worked closely with Duncan Lamont, Hannah Gornall and Stephanie Bonnello, I have great respect for their individual and collective attention to detail. I trust their advice and appreciate that they keep me updated at all times.’

‘The team is incredibly quick to get back to us, and their responses are accurate and reliable.’

Key clients

ITV News

Channel 4 News

Ingrid Dupre

Fern Britton

Nikki Sanderson



Danny McCall

Michael Turner

Jennifer Hill

Rupert Hill

Vicky Binns

Jack Shepherd

Work highlights

  • Acting for various celebrity clients in the group voicemail interception litigation against News Group Newspapers.


Clintons acts for HNWIs across the whole range of reputation management issues, including defamation, malicious falsehood, misuse of private information and data protection. Roddy Chisholm Batten leads the department with particular experience in privacy law, as highlighted by ongoing involvement in litigation concerning the phone hacking scandal. Karim Bouzidi acts for a number of prominent clients in the sports sector. Hayley Dilks and Caroline Hrabi are also key names, both of whom are involved in the firm’s phone hacking work.

Practice head(s):

Roddy Chisholm Batten

Other key lawyers:

Karim Bouzidi; Hayley Dilks; Caroline Hrabi


‘Always on hand and able to give options.’

‘An excellent understanding of the newspaper hacking issues.’

‘Highly knowledgeable and delivered what they said they would.’

‘Clinton’s put together a team who were clearly very experienced in the issues that related to my case. This experience was very evident in the way they navigated through complex issues, offering insightful advice and guidance to achieve the best possible outcomes. I felt I was in good hands – confident in their recommendations, with the process as clear and painless as possible.’

‘Roddy Chisholm Batten was approachable and friendly, whilst clearly being highly competent, exceptionally knowledgable and very experienced in the issues relating to my case.’

Key clients

HRH The Duke of Sussex

Mary Nightingale (presenter of ITN Early Evening News)

Lisa Riley (Emmerdale actress and TV presenter)

Sir Norman Lamb (former Liberal Democrat MP)

Tom Bradby (presenter of ITN’s News at Ten)

Vince Cable (former MP and leader of the Liberal Democrats)

Guy Ritchie (Film Director and Producer)

Kieren Fallon (former jockey)

John Egan (former jockey)

Louis Walsh (music manager and TV personality)

Work highlights

  • Acting in two separate claims for misuse of private information against MGN in relation to the unlawful interception of mobile telephone voicemails and the blagging of confidential information by the Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People.
  • Represented KFFL, a wholesale and retail purveyor of fine foods, in a claim in defamation against Associated Newspaper arising out of the publication of highly defamatory allegations concerning the company and its proprietor, Laura King MBE, in the Daily Mail and its website MailOnline.
  • Acting in twenty-one separate claims for misuse of private information against News Group Newspapers in relation to the unlawful interception of mobile telephone voicemails and the blagging of confidential information by the NOTW and The Sun.

Hamlins LLP

The media dispute department at Hamlins LLP works for a range of high-profile clients across print and digital media, where it is instructed in precedent-setting defamation and privacy cases. In addition, the team advises public and private figures on pre-publication issues, as well as libel and privacy law. Practice head Christopher Hutchings has over 30 years of experience in media litigation, particularly in regard to libel and privacy cases. Callum Galbraith is an expert in supporting high-profile individuals with defamation and privacy issues.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Hutchings

Other key lawyers:

Callum Galbraith; Ellen Gallagher; Lauren Twidale; Sarah Daniel


‘Christopher Hutchings has been a fantastic lawyer to work with. Clear, professional, trustworthy and professional.’

‘The striking difference was the proactive nature of the practice.’

‘Callum Galbraith – consistently impressive.’

‘Callum Galbraith and Ellen Gallagher are two terrific lawyers with unparalleled knowledge of phone hacking and unlawful information gathering claims.’

‘The media team is a simply fantastic group of lawyers. Despite being the lead solicitor in one of the group litigation actions for hacking, they have strength and depth which comes through in their focus on every libel action they act in. Amazing culture combining client focus and effective litigation.’

‘Ellen Gallagher combines stellar legal knowledge with pragmatic advice.’

‘Christopher Hutchings is brilliant; he devotes time and care to ensure he really understands his client’s aims and needs and is genuinely invested in getting them the best possible result.’

‘Callum Galbraith has a brilliant legal mind and can herd cats; a truly great litigator.’

Key clients

Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex

Sadie Frost

Davinia Douglass

Melanie Chisholm (‘Mel C’)

Melanie Brown (‘Mel B’)

Paul Seeley

Jewish Chronicle

The Lord Watson of Wyre Forest

Ricky Tomlinson

David Cunningham

Alison Owen

Irina Lazareanu

Neville Hendricks

Sue Barker

Sally Craddock

Steve Cradock

Natalie Cecil

Catherine Tate

Nicki Chapman

Clare Balding CBE

Work highlights

  • Representing Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, along with Sadie Frost, in an action against Associated Newspapers relating to major unlawful information gathering claims.
  • Successfully represented a National Crime Agency undercover police officer in his libel claim against News Group Newspapers, concerning a false but highly defamatory allegation put to the client during the course of court proceedings in which the client appeared as the arresting officer.
  • Acting for claimants in the MTVIL against News Group Newspapers.

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP advises HNWIs and large corporates across the sport, media, broadcasting, politics and publishing sectors on highly sensitive defamation and reputation management issues. Additionally, the team handles cases surrounding social media and international free speech and privacy issues. The practice is led by Mark Stephens, who has a strong track record handling some of the most sensitive matters on behalf of corporate and media figures. He is supported by Elizabeth Morley, who provides defamation and reputation management advice to high-profile brands and businesses.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Morley; Matthew Gill

Key clients

Alexander Zverev

Paramount Streaming (formerly CBS Interactive)

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Alexander Zverev, a well-known tennis players, in the Association of Tennis Professionals’ 15-month investigation into allegations of physical abuse by the client against his former girlfriend, Olga Sharypova.
  • Acting for Paramount Streaming in a claim for misuse of private information, breach of confidence and breach of data protection legislation that has been brought against them by Dillian Whyte.
  • Representing four women in relation to the wrongful exploitation of their images in the Spanish government’s pro-equality campaign.

Lee & Thompson LLP

With considerable expertise in the entertainment industry, Lee & Thompson LLP acts for a diverse range of globally recognised individuals across the full spectrum of reputation management issues on both the claimant and defendant side. The team is jointly led by Mike Brookes, who works for leading broadcasters and media insurers, offering advice on defamation, privacy and pre-publication issues, and Leo Dawkins, an expert in defamation and data privacy work.

Practice head(s):

Mike Brookes; Leo Dawkins


‘Unique in that they have significant experience acting for both defendants and claimants. This means they can approach reputation management issues with a clear understanding of what both sides are seeking to achieve and a refreshing lack of dogma. They know everyone within the media law world and are widely respected. They can be forceful when needed but are always sensible and pragmatic.’

‘Mike Brookes and Leo Dawkins are a fantastic and formidable team with very significant experience between them. They are always calm under pressure and, due to their extensive pre-broadcast clearance work with TV and film production companies, they have a deep understanding of the industry as well as the litigation process.’

‘Niche point is that the two leading partners – Mike Brookes and Leo Dawkins – are highly experienced claimant litigators who now act primarily for defendants – poachers turned gamekeepers!’

‘Mike Brookes and Leo Dawkins are both very experienced and clear and focused.’

Key clients

Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited

Ant McPartland

Paul Hollywood

Harry Styles

Little Mix

Louis Tomlinson

Niall Horan

Jude Law

Lewis Silkin

The reputation management team at Lewis Silkin covers all aspects of media law, including defamation, privacy, malicious falsehood, data protection and harassment, on behalf of both claimants and defendants. Sensitive and high-profile employment investigations are another area of expertise. Adam Glass handles crisis management for prominent publishers, as well as advising on a range of complex pre-publication issues. Managing partner Giles Crown has previous experience as a media barrister and is well placed to act on defamation, privacy and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Adam Glass

Other key lawyers:

Giles Crown; Oliver Fairhurst; Lucinda Murphy


‘Lewis Silkin offers all the benefits of magic circle abilities and service but with a human touch and at affordable prices!’

‘Giles Crown is the practitioner I always recommend as he has the brains and skills of a top-drawer lawyer but with the important soft skills necessary to communicate effectively with clients.’

‘Team makes effective use of extent and depth of knowledge across the lawyers to be effective in litigation.’

‘Adam Glass is exceptionally smart, gets to grips with the challenges his clients face in short order and is a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Knowledgeable and committed.’

Key clients

Tortoise Media

Adweek LLC

Haymarket Media


Chelsea Football Club

Work highlights

  • Advising Tortoise Media on a number of podcast and investigatory media production deals over the past year.
  • Defending US media publisher Adweek in relation to its reporting of serious allegations against a UK individual in the media.
  • Obtained an injunction for a Premier League club following an intense campaign of harassment by a former employee.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP acts for a variety of household names, both corporates and HNWIs, in regard to adverse and intrusive media coverage. The team is experienced in both claimant and defendant work, with experience in data protection work and issues concerning online platforms. Practice head Ashley Hurst is an expert in assisting major tech and media clients with data privacy and cybersecurity matters. Neil O’Sullivan joined the team from Addleshaw Goddard in 2023, and specialises in defamation, privacy and intellectual property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ashley Hurst

Other key lawyers:

Charlie Wedin; Henry Fox; Maya Mills; Daniel Bishop; Neil O’Sullivan


‘Maya Mills – an experienced and effective litigator and communicator, who has an excellent manner with clients.’

‘The team for reputation management is exceptional. Osborne Clarke remains our go-to law firm for all requests. They have consistently maintained a very high standard across all areas that other firms just can’t match. I would gladly recommend them.’

‘Henry Fox is exceptional in his availability and service. The quality of his work and the speedy responses are exactly what is needed in this field.’

‘Dynamic, very tech-savvy with key industry knowledge.’

‘Maya Mills – very helpful, thorough and detail-oriented.’

‘Daniel Bishop – confident, puts clients at ease.’

Key clients

Qatar Airways Group

Wise Payments Limited

S-RM Intelligence and Risk Consulting Limited

Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The reputation management and privacy team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP encompasses a wide range of focus areas, including defamation, misuse of private information, harassment and data protection. Social media is another growing area of expertise. Jeremy Clarke-Williams advises on defamation, breach of confidence and misuse of private information matters, and co-leads the team with Adele Ashton, who has a strong track record acting for both claimants and defendants on issues concerning privacy, defamation and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Clarke-Williams; Adele Ashton

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Mason


‘Penningtons is a leading claimant firm for media and data protection matters, with a good depth of solicitors and know-how in bringing claims in this sector. They are an impressive group.’

‘Jeremy Clarke-Williams and Adele Ashton are both seasoned media professionals with top notch judgment.’

‘Adele Ashton is a standout person and our main contact there. Very accessible, knowledgeable and down to earth.’

Key clients

Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW)

Christ Church, Oxford

Communications Workers Union (CWU)


Wellington College

Work highlights

  • Represented a number of corporate defendants, primarily based in the US, who had been the subject of claims in respect of the placing of cookies on claimants’ systems.
  • Acting in a number of group claims on behalf of individuals who have had their privacy and data protection rights infringed.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP‘s defendant-focused data privacy and media disputes team acts for traditional media clients, liability insurers and tech giants. David Barker leads the TMT disputes practice with considerable experience in contentious data protection matters and is increasingly involved in regulatory investigations in the data space. He is supported by Caroline Henzell and Toby Coughlin, who have experience defending household names from the technology sector in the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

David Barker

Other key lawyers:

Julia Varley; Caroline Henzell; Toby Coughlin; Alex Smallwood

Key clients


DeepMind Technologies Limited



Work highlights

  • Acting for DeepMind and Google in a class action concerning around 1.6 million patient records at the Royal Free hospital.
  • Defending providers of research and due diligence services from HNWIs threatening a variety of claims in an attempt to remove material from their services, including claims in defamation, misuse of private information and data protection.
  • Acting for Splash News and Media in the defence of a privacy claim brought by the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, and her son in relation to photographs taken of them in Canada.

Taylor Wessing LLP

The IP and media team at Taylor Wessing LLP acts for a range of prominent clients across the technology, media, life sciences and private wealth sectors. The cross-departmental group handles reputation management issues surrounding defamation, online harassment, unlawful data processing and privacy. Practice head Niri Shanmuganathan is experienced acting for both claimants and defendants, with much of his work concerning the prevention of intrusive or false stories being published in the media. Michael Yates is an information litigator who is typically instructed by individuals and companies on defamation, privacy, data protection and breach of confidence matters.

Practice head(s):

Niri Shanmuganathan

Other key lawyers:

Adam Rendle; Michael Yates; Tim Pinto


‘A Rolls Royce firm with many significant and leading groups in a variety of different practice areas, none more so than the media team. They provide significant reputation management advice to companies and UHNWIs.’

‘Niri Shanmuganathan – longstanding and significant leader in this field. Having acted for both claimants and defendants over the years (more than 25!), he is well placed and often the first on anyone’s go-to list when requiring help in a reputation management crisis. A class act.’

‘Michael Yates – recently appointed partner who specialises in all aspects of reputation management, information, cyber and media law. Very smart cookie. Nice guy, extremely user friendly.’


Vardags acts for a number of high-profile and high-net-worth individuals on issues surrounding the protection of reputations currently under threat, as well as all elements of defamation, privacy, harassment and blackmail. A significant portion of the team’s work concerns crisis management, where it is regularly called upon to support clients facing media disputes. Alexandra McCready leads the team with experience in libel and privacy issues both pre- and post-publication. She is supported by Gregory Monk, who represents an international client base in matters concerning misuse of private information.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra McCready

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Monk


‘Alexandra McCready is a really excellent and hands-on specialist in reputation and data protection. Really practical and skilled at dealing with challenging clients.’

‘Alexandra McCready is very sharp and on point when analysing the situation. Her level of experience is exceptional and very helpful in finding a solution for the problem at hand.’

‘Close knit, mutually supportive and highly effective team at Vardags. They take a creative approach to problem solving but never lose sight of the client’s best interests. A particular star is Alexandra McCready, whose personal charisma and professional ability make her stand out from the crowd.’

‘Alexandra McCready – impressive client handling and ability to handle complex matters with authority.’

‘They really understand the media and the communications industry more broadly. They are unflappable and not deterred by working with emerging and frontier markets.’

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner acts for both individuals and corporates across a variety of sectors in issues relating to crisis management and reputational risk, taking advantage of the firm’s dispute resolution capabilities. Graham Shear leads the team and acts as co-head of the firm’s global business and commercial disputes practice, representing a range of corporates and individuals in the sport and entertainment industries. Joby Davies handles all aspects of media and sports litigation, as well as defamation and privacy matters.

Practice head(s):

Graham Shear

Other key lawyers:

Joby Davies; Andrew Street


‘Graham Shear and Andrew Street – always on top of the matter, always available and extremely professional.’

Kingsley Napley LLP

The reputation management and media litigation practice at Kingsley Napley LLP represents an number of prominent HNWIs and multi-national corporations. Sue Thackeray acts for major sports and entertainment stars on crisis management issues, as well as on extortion and blackmail claims. Helen Morris is experienced in acting for claimants and defendants in defamation, privacy and harassment claims. Former practice head Charlotte Harris left to join Brown Rudnick LLP in June 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Sue Thackeray; Helen Morris


‘Helen Morris is an exceptional lawyer who genuinely cares about getting the best outcome for her clients. Helen is incredibly calm and considered, and all of her advice is underpinned by an unrivalled knowledge of privacy law.’

‘Helen dealt with a complex privacy matter for me, and she absolutely ran rings around the other side. I could not have hoped for a more personable and intellectually sharp lawyer to deal with my matter.’

‘Helen Morris is approachable, sensible and an extremely good and capable lawyer.’

‘A superb and large team with wide range of skills and knowledge at all levels. Hard hitting, highly efficient and focussed. An excellent costs team who works alongside them.’

‘Sue Thackeray – works tirelessly for her clients, one of the most efficient lawyers I have met who is able to immediately spot the key issue in a large set of papers.’

‘Helen Morris is great and experienced.’

Russells Solicitors

Russells Solicitors is best known for acting on behalf of claimants in matters concerning libel, privacy, harassment and data protection; this work is typically done on behalf of high-profile and high-net-worth individuals in the entertainment industry, with phone hacking matters standing out as a particular area of expertise. Steven Tregear leads the team, specialising in litigation within the entertainment, media and sports sectors. Henry Priestley joined the team from RPC in December 2022, with experience in dispute resolution for labels and publishers.

Practice head(s):

Steven Tregear

Other key lawyers:

Henry Priestley; Dan Hoyle; Jay Joshi; Eliot Leggo


‘Combine experienced litigators with expertise in the entertainment industry more widely.’

‘Eliot Leggo has it all: an eye for detail, commercial nous and great legal skills.’

‘Steven Tregear’s clients are loyal and with great reason, he considers all aspects of their interests from the immediate to the very long term.’

‘A good practice in media law, including defamation and phone hacking disputes. An extremely personable team.’

‘Jay Joshi is extremely personable and client-friendly, offering a good knowledge of the area and management of claims.’

‘A niche firm that has acted for a range of clients in privacy and reputation-related cases, particularly phone hacking ones. Efficient and excellent communication.’

‘Dan Hoyle – a very effective and gifted lawyer and negotiator. Knows when to press on with cases and when to seek settlement.’

Key clients

Cheryl Tweedy

The Estate of George Michael

The Estate of Amy Winehouse

Jarvis Cocker

Andrew Neil

Ian Wright

Gerry McCann and Kate Healy, the parents of Madeleine McCann

Natalie Imbruglia

Nicola Roberts

Kimberley Walsh

Tulisa Contostavlos

Alexandra Burke

Mitchell Winehouse

Work highlights

  • Acting for numerous well-known actors, singers, models, music professionals and others in phone hacking litigation against NGN and MGN.
  • Representing Mitchell Winehouse, father of Amy Winehouse, in defamation litigation against Macmillan Publishers, Tyler James and ghost writer Sylvia Patterson over what he believes are defamatory statements made in My Amy: The Life We Shared.
  • Representing journalist and broadcaster, Andrew Neil, in his defamation action against Jennifer Arcuri, the businesswoman and alleged former lover of Boris Johnson, over tweets claiming that the client had been involved with Jeffrey Epstein.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP acts for a wide array of high-profile businesses and individuals across the sports and media sectors. Paul Lunt leads the commercial litigation team with a particular focus on media and sports disputes; recent highlights include representing Coleen Rooney in the Wagatha Christie litigation. Helen Otty handles defamation and reputation disputes, while Colin Bell is experienced in data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lunt; Helen Otty; Colin Bell


‘The team is exceptionally competent, skilled and professional, providing an excellent service and support.’

‘Paul Lunt is absolutely amazing, very strong legal mind supporting my goals and objectives. He spends time with me, understanding any further requirements. He combines an expert knowledge in law with delivering at extreme speed.’

‘If a sports personality is faced with an issue that involves the media, Paul Lunt is likely going to be at the top of the list of people who are contacted.’

Key clients

Lynn Cannell and LCA Jobs Limited

Coleen Rooney

Ben and Deborah Stokes

Manchester & Sale Rugby Club (Sale Sharks)

Wayne Rooney

Dr Riccardo Frati

Lynn Cannell and LCA Jobs Limited

Dark Horse Comics LLC

Chris Eubank Jr. Limited

NextGen Promotions Limited

Wasserman Media Group

Leighton Hall


Michael Vaughan

British Judo Association

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Coleen Rooney, television personality and wife of former England international footballer Wayne Rooney, in her successful defence of the libel proceedings that were issued against her by Rebekah Vardy, wife of former England international footballer Jamie Vardy.
  • Instructed by Dr Riccardo Frati, who is pursuing a defamation and malicious falsehood claim against a former patient.


Fieldfisher provides expert advice concerning online defamation issues for its established clients and HNWIs. With extensive experience pursuing and defending defamation claims, Colin Gibson and John Linneker jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Colin Gibson; John Linneker

Key clients

Gabriele Galimberti


British Association for Shooting and Conservation


Trust Pilot

Work highlights

  • Acting for photographer Gabriele Galimberti in connection with false allegations printed in multiple publications, most notably the MailOnline and The Daily Telegraph, regarding a photography campaign by Balenciaga.
  • Advising online financial newswire ADVFN on various claims and applications made against it in relation to defamatory user-generated content posted on its bulletin boards.
  • Advised British Association for Shooting and Conservation in relation to defamatory articles published on Twitter and elsewhere online.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law is instructed by a sizeable and varied client base to handle a range of issues relating to defamation, privacy and reputation management. Gerard Cukier has extensive experience managing high-profile clients’ affairs, as well as acting in defamation, intellectual property and libel cases. Nicola Thatcher is noted for her expertise at the pre-publication stage .

Practice head(s):

Gerard Cukier; Nicola Thatcher

Other key lawyers:

Rose Alexander; Ian Down


‘Keystone’s lawyers have in-depth expertise in their field.’

‘Nicola Thatcher and Rose Alexander are great at providing pre-publication advice.’

‘Gerard Cukier is a standout. The combination of expertise, practicality and determination, plus first-rate client handling, makes him a go-to practitioner.’

‘Gerard Cukier has an excellent client list and unparallelled client-care skills.’

Key clients

Dame Shirley Bassey

Barry Silkman

Lady Colin Campbell

Hachette Book Group

Pan Macmillan

Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Peter Duffy

Work highlights

  • Represented Lady Colin Campbell in proceedings for defamation against MGN, the publishers of the Daily Mirror.

Kobre & Kim LLP

Kobre & Kim LLP‘s reputation management and defense strategy department boasts an impressive client list of UHNWIs, who trust the team of experienced lawyers to handle cross-border civil and commercial litigation. Polly Wilkins - who leads the firm's international private client practice - is the key contact.

Other key lawyers:

Polly Wilkins; Edward Smith


‘Polly Wilkins is an expert in her field and personable to boot. Everyone loves Polly.’

‘Very thorough and hard working and always available. Attention to detail is amazing.’

Key clients

Princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn

Work highlights

  • Representing Princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn in her harassment claim against Juan Carlos I, Spain’s former king.


McCormicks regularly acts for some of the most significant organisations in the sports and entertainment sectors on defamation and other aspects of reputation management. Splitting his time between Harrogate and London, practice head Peter McCormick handles defamation issues for prominent sports clients, including Leeds United and The Premier League.

Practice head(s):

Peter McCormick; David Birks


‘Peter McCormick with his vast client base is a calm port in the storm that can suddenly surround individuals and corporate entities. He has built a team around him that supports his culture.’

‘Peter McCormick – sound commercial advice on a number of reputational matters.’

Key clients

The Premier League

Leeds United FC

Professional Game Match Officials Ltd

Harrogate International Festivals

Jamboree Entertainment Ltd and JWTC Ltd

Rudding Park Limited

Wycombe Wanderers Football Club

Work highlights

  • Advising the Premier League on defamation and reputation management issues.
  • Advised a client on an article published by a prominent tabloid newspaper seeking to cast doubt on the client’s good faith towards its own fans.
  • Instructed on a permanent retainer by PGMOL in respect of defamation and reputation management work.

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP is experienced in acting for high-profile and high-net-worth individuals in cases regarding defamation, privacy and reputation management in the private wealth, education and finance sectors. Team leader Jayne Clemens splits her time between Exeter and London, and is supported by Charlotte Bolton, who specialises in brand protection.

Practice head(s):

Jayne Clemens

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Oldland KC; Iain Connor; Charlotte Bolton


‘Good strength and depth.’

‘Jayne Clemens has good industry knowledge, knows the law and practice well, and is very client responsive.’

‘Andrew Oldland KC is an outstanding practitioner. He provides robust and positive advice and is a team player. His clients are given the very best service.’

‘The practice has all the expertise and experience of the big London firms but it has real experience on the ground with its national network of offices.’

‘Jayne Clemens has built a client base with an international footprint and leads on global disputes as well as serving UK clients. She specialises in high-value complex contractual disputes and in particular those with a technology or IT focus.’

Key clients

Mr Muhammad Ziaullah Khan Chishti

PETA Foundation UK Ltd

Fintellect Ltd

Succession Group

The Forestry Commission

South West Grid for Learning Trust (“SWGfL”) (operators of the Revenge Porn Helpline and

Exeter Golf and Country Club Limited

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising the Succession Group on a range of press articles and reputation management matters.
  • Representing a HNWI in defamation claims with cross-border issues.
  • Advising Peta UK, Peta US and Peta Asia on a range of defamation and privacy matters.

Mills & Reeve LLP

The team at Mills & Reeve LLP is trusted by its clients to handle defamation, privacy, and media dispute cases in a discrete and confidential manner, with some of the firm's key areas of practice being libel, slander, and online harassment. Richard Dawson-Gerrard handles a wide range of issues related to crisis management.

Practice head(s):

Richard Dawson-Gerrard


‘A great team – very responsive to clients’ needs, always available, and really communicative. I always come away with the impression that they work very well together.’

Key clients

The British Boxing Board of Control

World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, Players (WPBSA Players)

The Professional Footballers’ Association and members

St Helen’s Rugby League Football Club

Travelers Insurance Company

England Golf

High profile/newsworthy individuals (various)

Coronation Street

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted on behalf of the defendants in Parris v Ajayi & Ors.
  • Advising The Professional Footballers’ Association and its members on relevant reputation management issues.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP regularly acts on high-profile and cross-border disputes concerning a range of reputation management issues. Acting as part of the firm’s dispute resolution department, the reputation management sub-team is led by Paul Baker, who is experienced in advising multinational corporates in the technology and finance sectors on defamation and malicious falsehood concerns. Gregory Pantlin regularly handles multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes, advising on libel and privacy issues across the media sector. Founding partner Richard East remains another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Richard East; Paul Baker

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Pantlin


‘The Quinn Emanuel TMT/reputation management practice in London is exceptional. Its lawyers combine their detailed knowledge of the law with impressive representational skills. Refreshingly, they are also both realistic and practical. Finally, they are always up to date on the sector’s latest developments.’

‘I would highlight Paul Baker as the standout performer in an exceptional team. What differentiates Paul and his colleagues is the fact they give the clear impression that they are outcome and not output focused.’

Key clients

FW Aviation (Holdings) 1 Limited

Airbus S.A.S.

Barrick TZ Limited

Lightsource BP

Valdimir Chernukhin, Lubov Chernukhin, and Navigator Equities Limited

Work highlights

  • Represent Vladimir Chernukhin, Lubov Chernukhin and Navigator Equities in numerous capacities.
  • Acted for Airbus in two sets of High Court proceedings issued against it by Qatar Airways.
  • Representing Barrick TZ and North Mara Gold Mine in High Court proceedings brought against them by a number of Tanzanian individuals alleged to have suffered injury, or had family members killed, at incidents occurring on or near the North Mara Gold Mine in Tanzania.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' reputation management department works closely alongside the firm’s litigation team, and their combined knowledge allows the firm to provide in-depth expertise across libel, defamation, and privacy cases in both national and international settings. Director Peter Lees advises individuals and corporate clients during independent investigations on crisis management, while senior associate Mariyam Harunah consults in defamation cases and advises on adverse social media posts and press articles.

Practice head(s):

Peter Lees

Other key lawyers:

Mariyam Harunah


‘I think at the top they are very strong on legal analysis, giving a “barrister-like” analysis.’

‘Peter Lees is a highly efficient practitioner.’