Defamation & Reputation Management

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As the world turns digital and your platforms become global the risk of fall-out from your content increases exponentially. We’re genuine advocates for free speech and will strongly defend any attempt to erode the right for people to receive and distribute information.

We’re well known as a defendant practice. This means that you don’t often hear about our work as we spend a lot of time advising clients on how to reduce their risk. If you’re dealing with controversial material, we think we’re the best in the business. We’ll work with you to ensure your story is distributed in words that are as hard hitting as possible and you can be confident that, because of our years of expertise, the risk of an injunction is minimised.

We handle a wide range of disputes involving some of the world’s most prominent media, news and content companies, publishers, advertisers, broadcasters, studios and radio stations. We’ve got an excellent record for litigating some of the most ground-breaking defamation and privacy claims but clients most value our ability to stop complaints ever becoming claims in the first place. We work in alignment with our clients to really understand the core of the issue and navigate a way through to a resolution while avoiding escalation or relationship damage.

Our style of litigation may be determined and robust but we’re sure you’ll enjoy working with us. Described by Legal 500 as “completely delightful to deal with but lethally dangerous for the opposition”, we’re responsive, commercial and consistently pragmatic when it comes to protecting your reputation and principles.

We can help you with content clearance such as libel reads for book publishers and magazines, script reviews and clearance work for film producers and radio and television broadcasters. We can also assist on regulatory matters involving Ofcom and the ASA and proceedings under the BCAP, CAP and Editors’ codes of conduct.

The regulatory landscape for publishers and broadcasters has never been tougher and nor have the penalties when the rules are broken. To help clients navigate these risks cost-effectively, we’ve set up Reviewed & Cleared, a specialist firm that gives you a convenient, comprehensive and cost-effective legal review of all pre-publication and pre-broadcast editorial content.

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