Firm Profile > Brett Wilson LLP > London, England

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

Crime: general Tier 4

Brett Wilson LLP's 'strong criminal team' has recently advised on cases involving sexual offences, fraud, violent crime, historic sexual abuse and drug offences. 'Exceptional lawyerNick Brett heads the practice; he is supported by the 'tenacious and tactical' Alistair Parker.

Practice head(s):

Nick Brett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A boutique practice that offers impeccable client service and value for money‘.

An excellent outfit‘.

Nick Brett is an exceptional lawyer; he is extremely knowledgeable, and always a safe pair of hands‘.

Alistair Parker is tenacious, tactical and deeply committed to providing a quality service‘.

Professional discipline Tier 4

Brett Wilson LLP's Nick Brett and solicitor Alistair Parker have longstanding expertise in acting for clients being investigated or facing disciplinary action. The department is particularly focused on the legal and medical professions, and the firm's lawyers are additionally experienced in criminal proceedings that often run parallel to disciplinary matters.

Practice head(s):

Nick Brett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Provides total care for the client‘.

The utterly great Nick Brett is unfailing in his support for clients; his dedication and capacity for work are a wonder to see‘.

Reputation management Tier 5

Acting for both claimants and defendants, the 'progressiveBrett Wilson LLP conducts libel, privacy, data protection and harassment cases with a particular focus on online publication matters. The firm's defamation and privacy team headed by 'innovatorIain Wilson also undertakes "right to be forgotten" and other internet-related claims. 'Thoughtful high-quality lawyerMax Campbell regularly advises on harassment, stalking and revenge porn cases; the 'friendly and approachable' solicitor Tom Double also provides key support, especially in matters with a litigious aspect.

Practice head(s):

Iain Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Max Campbell, Tom Double; Elisabeth Mason

Testimonials

‘An excellent niche firm specialising in media and communications law, providing sound advice at a reasonable cost.’

‘Iain Wilson has done extremely well to build up a successful small firm in this area.’

‘Max Campbell is impressive in his attention to detail and the care he takes with cases.’

‘Tom Double is very bright and on-the-ball.’

‘There is a core team working at Brett Wilson and each of them is a specialist in the area of reputation management. They apply a very innovative approach and use the legal remedies available in novel ways to achieve the client’s aims.’

‘Iain Wilson is superb. Extremely knowledgeable and very clever.’

‘Iain Wilson is an innovator in this field. He is constantly looking for new ways to deal with the problems which his clients face.’

‘The firm’s main strengths are its long experience in the media field, especially in dealing with harassment injunctions and online publication cases, and depth of legal knowledge.’

‘Brett Wilson are a go-to firm for reputation management issues. They have a team of dedicated and knowledgeable information law and reputation management specialists, using the law in novel and innovative ways to achieve the best results for clients. Their client care is excellent. ‘

‘Highly recommend this law firm as their service is second to none.’

Elisabeth Mason is a stand-out associate in this area, and is widely respected for her exceptional industry, judgement, knowledge and client-management. She is not afraid to roll up her sleeves when required and delivers excellent results. I cannot recommend her highly enough and she would be my first-choice associate in this area.’

Key clients

Alison Morgan, QC

Kim Suttle

George Galloway

Association of British Bookmakers Ltd

Suhad Sadik

Life 2009 Ltd

A highly-regarded central London boutique firm, focused on the protection of reputation across an array of arenas.

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 (including the Law Society and Association of British Bookmakers), a Premier League football club, and local authorities amongst its clients.

Types of work undertaken: The firm has two departments.  The media law/communications department 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 litigation, regulatory and disciplinary department undertakes privately-funded criminal defence work (including serious fraud) regulatory/disciplinary work, asset forfeiture and general litigation (especially civil fraud).

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 include Singh v Weayou [2017] EWHC 2102 (QB) (a false and defamatory complaint in the workplace) and Guise v Shah [2017] EWHC 1689 (QB) (an attack website).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 (ie 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 litigation:  The firm acts in commercial disputes for both claimants and defendants.  In particular, 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. 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.

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 with extensive experience of all aspects of criminal and related civil…
 Max Campbell  photo Max Campbell Partner specialising in reputation and crisis management.  Acts for both claimants and…
 Tom Double  photo Tom Double Tom is a highly-regarded solicitor specialising in defamation, privacy, harassment and data…
 Mayuri Lakhani  photo Mayuri Lakhani Mayuri is a solicitor with expertise in a wide range of Civil…
 Elisabeth Mason  photo Elisabeth Mason Elisabeth was a key part of the legal team that acted for…
 Alistair Parker  photo Alistair Parker Solicitor with over 12 years’ post qualification experience in criminal and regulatory work.…
 Iain Wilson  photo Iain Wilson Iain is the managing partner of Brett Wilson LLP and a prominent…
Number of UK partners : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 8