Firm Profile > Brett Wilson LLP > London, England

Brett Wilson LLP
35-37 St John’s Lane
LONDON
EC1M 4BJ
England

Reputation management Tier 3

Brett Wilson LLP is known for its expertise in the field of online defamation, harassment and privacy law, with the team receiving regular instructions from celebrities and professionals in 'right to be forgotten' work. Practice head Iain Wilson is 'superb' and acts for a wide-ranging client base that includes politicians, HNWIs, corporates and local government. The firm has traditionally handled claimant work but is taking on more defendant cases in court. On the litigation side, Max Campbell and Elisabeth Mason are also recommended, with Campbell being a 'standout among solicitors in this area'.

Practice head(s):

Iain Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Max Campbell; Elisabeth Mason

Testimonials

‘Brett Wilson is a very effective and good value firm for media litigation, which punches far above its weight. The firm has an excellent grasp of the media law landscape, both in terms of the developing law, and of the sometimes difficult technical issues which arise in claims based on publications online.’

‘Max Campbell has brilliant judgement and stands out among solicitors in this area for his strategic approach.’

‘Iain Wilson is superb. He understands the basics but also has an in-depth knowledge that allows him to use creative and novel approaches to legal problems which is very much to his client’s benefit.’

‘Attention to detail with a very high quality of service. Compassionate and articulate.’

‘Very professional and cost-effective litigators.’

‘A small and specialist firm that is able to concentrate on the facts and on strategy to the client’s best advantage. The pool of knowledge of the law on publication and communications issues at the firm is unparalleled among solicitors in this area, supplemented by litigation and criminal expertise.’

‘A boutique practice with quality practitioners throughout. Very experienced litigators who are constantly working at the cutting edge and regularly in court. Clients should use Brett Wilson if they want a first-class streamlined service with quality results.’

‘Elisabeth Mason is a highly skilled and experienced litigator with great client handling. She is impressive, extremely hardworking and great with clients, and one of the leading associates in this area.’

Key clients

Mehmet Fatih Baltaci

Roger Ver

Crime: general Tier 4

Team lead Nick Brett brings expertise in disciplinary law to the general crime offering at Brett Wilson LLP. Defending professionals, corporates and other individuals across a wide spectrum of matters, the firm is notable for handling allegations of professional misconduct, physical abuse, money laundering and fraud. Associates Sharron Boyce and Alistair Parker are respective specialists in historic sexual offences and regulatory prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Nick Brett

Other key lawyers:

Sharron Boyce; Alistair Parker

Testimonials

I was extremely happy I selected Brett Wilson to represent me. They kept me up to date on bills and costs, collaborated well with another firm and maintained regular contact.’

The team has many strengths including: the incredible knowledge they have of all areas of criminal law; the dedication with which they act for their clients; the fairness with which they bill. Very adept at dealing with material provided on a variety of digital ways and able to address problems as they arise‘.

Nick Brett is very thorough. Comprehensive knowledge of relevant legal principles. Excellent at communicating with the client. Easy to get along with, gentle with confidence and a hugely experienced.’

Sharron Boyce has extensive experience in dealing with complex cases. She is tenacious and takes a very hands on approach to her cases from the outset’.

Sharron Boyce is highly driven to achieve best outcomes, super bright, knows the law and procedure inside out. Client care is outstanding, her confidence and intuition to challenge injustice is exceptional‘.

Alistair Parker is a stand out solicitor. He is brilliant with clients and is always a step ahead preparing cases and anticipating issues‘.

Alistair Parker handled my case with exceptional dedication, professionalism and initiative. I felt immediately at ease on my first consultation with him and trusted him entirely throughout my year as his client. At all times I felt comfortable approaching him with any questions, suggestions or anxieties I had‘.

Professional discipline Tier 4

Brett Wilson LLP's 'brilliant' team frequently defends professionals, including solicitors, doctors, dentists and architects, in disciplinary proceedings brought by their regulator. Highly regarded team head Nick Brett defends regulatory investigations conducted by the SRA, GMC and GDC, with key support provided by experienced solicitor Alistair Parker. Brett recently represented former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP partner Ryan Beckwith in his high-profile misconduct case, successfully appealing the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal finding against him.

Practice head(s):

Nick Brett

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Parker

Testimonials

Involved in high-profile cases with amazing results.

The firm has a broad and growing reputation.

The team straddles various disciplines in a seamless way.

The team is very helpful, professional and comprehensible.

They treat every client with respect and care, and are always supportive. I would strongly recommend this firm to other clients.

The firm is very transparent about billing, and everyone we met was friendly, down to earth and committed.

Nick Brett is absolutely first rate. He has an extremely good eye for detail, is very approachable and down to earth, and very hard working; as a client, I could not have felt more supported by Nick and could not recommend him more highly.’

Nick Brett is very professional and helpful, will go extra miles in order to help clients, and always gives very good advice; he is also sympathetic and listens patiently. This firm and Nick are just brilliant – I would recommend them to anyone who needs legal help.

THE FIRM Specialist media law and litigation firm. The firm acts predominantly for high profile individuals, professionals, HNWIs and SMEs, but also counts charities, trade bodies, a Premier League football club, local authorities and other public bodies amongst its clients which include the Law Society and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK

The firm boasts a renowned media law and communications department that specialises in defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection (with a particular focus on online publications). This work is predominantly, but not exclusively, claimant-focused. The firm is also well-known for its privately-funded criminal defence work (including serious fraud), regulatory/disciplinary work, asset forfeiture, litigation (with a focus on civil fraud), commercial and corporate dispute work as well as a growing family law practice.

Defamation: The firm acted in two of the most important cases involving online publication: The Law Society & Ors v Kordowski [2011] EWHC 3185 (QB) (successful action on behalf of the legal profession to close down the infamous website Solicitors from Hell), Tamiz v Google Inc [2013] EWCA Civ 68 (established that Google Inc could be liable as a publisher at common law in relation to material posted on its Blogger platform). Recent libel successes at trial Morgan v Times Newspapers Ltd [2019] EWHC 1525 (QB) (a barrister accused of negligent failings in the prosecution of cricketer Ben Stokes), Suttle v Walker [2019] EWHC 396 (QB) (a Facebook hate campaign), Singh v Weayou [2017] EWHC 2102 (QB) (a false and defamatory complaint in the workplace), Guise v Shah [2017] EWHC 1689 (QB) (an attack website arising from a business dispute) and Blackledge v Persons Unknown [2021] EWHC 1994 (an anonymous blog set up to defame a senior academic). Recent defendant successes include Riley & Anor v Heybroek [2020] EWHC 1259 (QB) (a claim brought by two celebrities concerning a dispute on Twitter) and Wright v Ver [2020] EWCA Civ 672 (a claim brought by a man claiming to have invented Bitcoin).

Privacy: The firm acts for individuals seeking to prevent the unauthorised disclosure of confidential/private information or seeking redress following infringements. These cases are brought against the press, individuals and government departments. The firm is known for its pioneering work tackling ‘revenge porn’ and regularly acts in cases involving the leak of confidential medical information. Recent successes include JQL v NTP [2020] EWHC 1349 (QB), a claim arising from the publication of private information on Facebook and GUH v KYT [2021] EWHC 1854 (QB), a privacy injunction against a sex worker.

Data Protection: The firm has long been instructed in respect of data protection issues as a complementary practice to its defamation and privacy work. Over recent years the firm has acted for a large number of individuals, including many high-profile figures/business leaders, seeking to enforce their data protection rights against search engines such as Google LLC (‘the right to be forgotten’/‘right to erasure’). The firm has been at the forefront of the development of the law in this area and its partners are regularly asked to provide expert comment to the media and legal press.

Harassment: Examples include QRS v Beach [2014] EWHC 3319 (QB) (representative proceedings brought by a chairman on behalf of the workforce against a disgruntled former client) and similar proceedings brought on behalf of a local authority. Suttle and Blackledge, as above, were brought as both defamation and harassment claims.

Committal: The firm brings and defends High Court committal proceedings. Recent examples include Galloway v Ali-Khan [2018] EWHC 780 (QB) (failure by the respondent to comply with undertakings to the court).

Regulatory/Disciplinary: The firm advises and represents professionals in investigations brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, General Medical Council and General Dental Council. It also represents companies and individuals in investigations conducted by the Financial Conduct Authority, Trading Standards and other regulatory bodies.  The firm acted for the successful appellant in the landmark case of Beckwith v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2020] EWHC 3231 (Admin), in which the Court provided guidance on the regulation of professionals’ private lives.

Criminal Defence: The firms’ expertise in this area is reflected in the broad nature of its private practice. Typical clients are professionals or high-profile individuals facing prosecution for the first (and probably only) time in their lives, for whom the prospect of a criminal record and the ensuing stigma can sometimes be more terrifying than any potential sentence. The firm has particular expertise in dealing with highly sensitive allegations of a sexual nature.  Recent successes include Mohammed v R. [2021] EWCA Crim 766, the 750th referral by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

NCA and asset forfeiture: The firm deals with claims brought by the NCA under both parts 5 and 6 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (i.e. property freezing orders and civil recovery orders in the High Court). It has been involved in many of the most high-profile cases in this field (see, for example, Sanam v National Crime Agency [2015] WLR 2015, National Crime Agency v Saleh [2018] EWHC 1012).

Serious fraud (criminal): The firm is regularly instructed in connection with allegations of serious fraud including bribery and corruption. Recent cases include the largest ever crypto-currency fraud and a corporate defendant being prosecuted by the SFO for corruption extra-territorially.

Civil fraud: The firm acts for both claimants and defendants. It has been involved in various civil fraud claims before the Chancery Division for misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt, as well as claims under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. High profile examples include a claim for restitution for funds invested in an unauthorised collective investment scheme (O’Neil v Gale [2013] EWCA Civ 1554). The firm regularly deals with cases involving freezing injunctions and, in the criminal context, restraint orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Corporate and commercial litigation: The firm acts in corporate disputes, both business to business and intra business (e.g. breaches of shareholder agreements and partnership disputes), as well as insolvency-related matters.

Family law: The firm acts for individuals in divorce proceedings and related custody and financial matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Nick Brett
Managing partner Iain Wilson
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sharron Boyce  photo Sharron Boyce Chartered Legal Executive with over 15 years’ post qualification experience in criminal…
 Nick Brett  photo Nick Brett Partner specialisng in regulatory/disciplinary, criminal and fraud litigation. Particularly noted for his…
 Max Campbell  photo Max Campbell Max Campbell specialises in reputation and crisis management, acting for both claimants…
 Elisabeth Mason  photo Elisabeth Mason Elisabeth is a solicitor specialising in media and communications law. She acts…
 Alistair Parker  photo Alistair Parker Alistair is a 16 year qualified solicitor who has defended a plethora…
 Iain Wilson  photo Iain Wilson Iain is the managing partner of Brett Wilson LLP and a prominent…
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 9