Firm Profile > Brett Wilson LLP > London, England

Brett Wilson LLP
35-37 St John’s Lane

Crime: general Tier 4

Within its varied portfolio, Brett Wilson LLP assists clients facing allegations of sexual abuse, professional misconduct, money laundering and complex fraud. Notably, the firm's recent highlights include charges such as impersonating a government official, assaulting a police officer and the illegal importation of steroids. Team lead Nick Brett has been described as 'relentless' in his approach and is supported by Sharron Boyce  and Alistair Parker .

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Nick Brett (principal) is very strong at fighting the client’s corner and putting the prosecution under pressure. He has that calm of “don’t mess with me” which gets results. He is dedicated and relentless in pursuit of his client’s interests. Brilliant’.

‘Sharron is dedicated and has great judgement: she often leads the way on the problem areas. She works tirelessly for her clients”

Approach every case with the same zest and fire. I have not seen any other firm show such dedication, hard work and fighting spirit in their approach’

Alistair Parker is a truly passionate and driven solicitor – this man cares deeply about his clients, his firm and his profession

Professional discipline Tier 4

Brett Wilson LLP's 'dedicated professional discipline department' focuses on regulatory investigations in the legal and medical professions. It frequently makes successful representations at the case-examiner stage of investigations, and its lawyers are additionally experienced in criminal proceedings that run parallel to disciplinary proceedings. Nick Brett and solicitor Alistair Parker are the principal contacts.

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A firm that offers unmatchable service and value for clients. The broad sphere of work they cover is complimented throughout their work.

Nick Brett has instructed chambers for many years now, and is someone that members fight to be instructed by. the calibre of work and detail in his preparation is fantastic.’

Dedicated professional discipline set up.

Nick Brett is dedicated and relentless in pursuit of his client’s interests. Brilliant.’

Alistair Parker is an extremely good solicitor. He is hard-working and has excellent judgment. He can deal with all aspects of disciplinary and regulatory law.’

Key clients

Ryan Beckwith

Reputation management Tier 4

Brett Wilson LLP  stands out for its practice advising in relation to online defamation and harassment matters. The 'experienced' firm has traditionally handled claimant media and defamation work but is also increasingly taking on defendant mandates, and has a proven track record in data protection claims against search engines. Privacy, breach of confidence and data leaks are other notable areas of practice for the team. Iain Wilson 'is a superb lawyer' and  is sought after by politicians, corporates, celebrities and high-profile individuals. Max Campbell 'is a rising star' in the field of media litigation. 'A fantastic addition to the team', Elisabeth Mason recently joined the firm from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP.

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‘A niche firm with a reputation for testing legal boundaries and finding novel ways of resolving difficult legal issues. Iain Wilson is a superb lawyer with excellent client care and great strategic advice. Max Campbell has an amazing eye for detail and will do all he can to get the right result for his clients.’

‘Elisabeth Mason is an extremely impressive individual who is very hardworking and has sound judgement -the ideal team player who extracts excellent results. Also a pleasure to work with at all times, even when things get stressful.’

‘Brett Wilson are a niche claimant media law firm, specialising in internet issues, including libel and data protection. They punch above their weight and have been involved in a number of the important recent cases.  They are very dynamic and focused and give excellent client care.’

‘Iain Wilson is simply brilliant.  He has an amazing grasp of all aspects of media and information law and superb client care. Max Campbell is an excellent lawyer who really gives everything for his clients. Elisabeth Mason is a fantastic addition to the team, she is versatile and has an extraordinary eye for detail.’

‘Brett Wilson’s down-to-earth libel law team know their stuff backwards and forwards, and are absolutely passionate about what they do.  Whilst operating at more cost effective rates than most, each step in the litigation process is carefully considered against their thorough knowledge of law and practice. Iain Wilson, the backbone of the practice, combines an easy manner with sharp intellect and an absolute commitment to the client’s cause. The combative Max Campbell is a rising star in the firm with a deep knowledge and enthusiasm for the law.’

‘From the very first interaction to the end I truly felt I had someone on my side, who understood my situation and wanted to do all they could to help me. It didn’t feel as though they were driven by me being just another case; I truly felt they wanted the absolute best for me, the best outcome possible and were working genuinely for me not just my money. The written work was outstanding and their arguments first class. They really know what they are doing, what they are talking about and the level of expertise is something all legal firms should desire.’

‘Iain Wilson & Max Campbell were both excellent. They were very personable, knowledgeable and at the top of their game. There was a level of clarity from both of them that made things easy to understand and they were able to express detail in the simplest of ways.’

Key clients

Roger Ver

Barbara Hewson

Jane Heybroek

Summer Monteys-Fullam


David Cox

Alison Morgan QC

Suhad Sadik

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 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 : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 8