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Carter-Ruck - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Eminent reputation management practice with a record of excellence in high-profile privacy and defamation actions. Assists such individuals as heads of state, businesspeople and celebrities on the full range of reputational matters, with particular skill in obtaining privacy injunctions. Offers advice pre- and post-publication to corporations and media organisations. Particularly experienced in cases concerning the misuse of private information and matters relating to breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Strengths One interviewee says: "The Carter-Ruck team provides a truly first-class service. They are responsive and are problem solvers who continually think in new and innovative ways to get the best result for their clients."

Another impressed observer comments: "Carter-Ruck know what they are talking about and are relentless in pursuing their client’s interests."

Work highlights Acted for claimant PJS in his successful appeal to the Supreme Court upholding an interim injunction restraining publication of his identity.

Acted for the Mahmood family regarding two articles written by Katie Hopkins and published by MailOnline, following the much-publicised refusal by the US authorities to allow a number of members of the Mahmood family to board a flight for the USA.

Significant clients Simon Cowell, Kate and Gerry McCann, James Blunt, BT, Bryan Adams.

Notable practitioners

Nigel Tait is "particularly good at bringing difficult disputes to conclusion while keeping relationships intact on both sides of the battle," according to one interviewee. Tait is the head of the firm's defamation and media law group and has an exceptional reputation for his libel and privacy-focused practice. Another impressed market source says: "He is as astute a tactician as they come and develops comprehensive strategies to continually get the best for his wide range of clients."

Adam Tudor handles reputation management matters for an impressive roster of multinational corporations and high-profile individuals, including a number of politicians. One appreciative client says: "His care and attention to detail made it possible for us to gain the upper hand in what could have been an impossible situation."

Claire Gill provides both pre- and post-publication advice to individuals and corporate clients regarding privacy, defamation, data protection and harassment. One interviewee says: "She's ferocious in protecting the client and understands the issues."

Cameron Doley is a vastly experienced lawyer with a focus on reputation management and is noted for his strengths in international and cross-border cases. He is a fine choice for high-profile clients, including governments, heads of state and major political figures.

Alasdair Pepper "is incredibly bright and leaves no potential avenue uninvestigated," according to an impressed market source. He has a significant libel and privacy practice, providing both pre- and post-publication advice to clients. One interviewee says: "Alasdair Pepper is a stalwart of the media law sector and is always a voice of authority on often complex cases."

Rebecca Toman is a litigator with noted experience in privacy disputes, acting for well-known and private individuals. Interviewees say: "Rebecca Toman continues to impress and is a pleasure to work with. She is diligent, tactically very sharp, and always willing to go beyond the port of call for her clients."

About the Team (content provided by Carter-Ruck)

Carter-Ruck’s clients range from national governments, heads of state and other political figures, multinational companies, business people and celebrities, to lower-profile individuals and organisations who place no less a premium on their right to reputation and privacy.

Our reputation management and media law practice is the best known in the UK, encompassing defamation (libel and slander), privacy and Data Protection. Carter-Ruck also frequently represents organisations and individuals whose reputation, privacy or commercial confidentiality has come under attack from other individuals or entities.

Pre-Publication
Carter-Ruck has an unrivalled track record in preventing the publication of adverse or intrusive articles, broadcasts or images. Where it is not possible to stop publication completely, our reputation as the most respected media law firm in the UK means we are well placed to influence what is published or broadcast, often working closely with the client’s PR advisers.

Post-Publication
When false or intrusive material has been published or broadcast, we are able to act quickly to have it removed, corrected, or take steps to reduce the visibility of the material online. We have an unrivalled record of obtaining prominent apologies for its clients. Many of Carter-Ruck’s cases have an international element requiring coordination across different jurisdictions; for this reason we are well-connected with specialist firms throughout the world.

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CMS - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Impressive defamation and privacy department that draws praise for its corporate reputation management capabilities and defendant work. Acts for an array of corporate clients, technology companies and media entities. Possesses particular expertise in relation to reputation management and defamation issues stemming from online articles and social media content.

Strengths A client says: "They've been excellent; they understand our business very well, are extremely commercial and understand the commercial drivers for issues we give them."

Work highlights Acted for Ingenious Media and Patrick McKenna in a judicial review of a decision by the Permanent Secretary of HMRC to disclose information about Ingenious Media and Patrick McKenna to journalists from The Times.

Acted for Bloomberg LP in defending a claim based on privacy, data protection and breach of confidence brought by an individual in respect of Bloomberg's reporting of a Serious Fraud Office investigation into him.

Significant clients ITV, Guardian Media Group, Microsoft, Airbnb, Jeremy Clarkson.

Notable practitioners

Geraldine Proudler "stands out for her great tenacity in pursuing a case," according to commentators. She handles pre- and post-publication issues for clients in publishing, film and TV, as well as broader defamation and reputation matters for high-profile and corporate clients.

Dan Tench is a highly regarded lawyer with exceptional experience in handling reputation disputes, including defamation, breach of confidence, privacy and data protection matters. He receives praise from market sources for "thinking through all the angles," and is described by one client as "very calm, very thorough, and a clear expert in what he does."

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Please visit the CMS website for more details about the practice and our work:
https://cms.law/en/GBR/global-reach/Europe/United-Kingdom/Expertise/Dispute-Resolution/Reputation-Defamation

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Superb defamation and privacy practice, highly respected for its representation of claimants in libel actions against newspaper groups and media organisations. Acts for an enviable list of clients, including a number of A-listers and members of the royal family. Frequently successful in handling complaints before IPSO and regularly involved in cases concerning breach of confidence, data protection and information law.

Strengths Clients say: "They're the absolute gold standard. They're always available, always provide sound advice and always follow through with actions in a quick and timely manner."

Work highlights Acted for HM The Queen in a successful complaint to IPSO that The Sun had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice in relation to the publication of a misleading front page headline 'Queen backs Brexit'.

Acted for Melania Trump in proceedings against Mail Online over false claims about her past.

Significant clients David and Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, Sir Richard Branson, Simon Fuller, LiveNation.

Notable practitioners

Gerrard Tyrrell maintains an exceptional reputation for his defamation and privacy-focused practice and has more than three decades of experience representing high-profile clients in such matters. "Gerrard is always available, is very thorough and quick to understand the situation," report impressed interviewees.

Jo Sanders is highly regarded for her counsel to publishers and high-profile individuals in reputation management, privacy and phone hacking disputes. Market sources say: "Jo Sanders is outstanding. She has an amazing client manner, is very effective at spotting key points and has a very natural way of delivering complex material in easy-to-understand language."

Senior associate Louise Prince is praised by sources for her "fantastic attention to detail." She has considerable expertise in advising high-profile individuals and corporate clients in privacy and defamation matters, and also represents claimants in phone hacking litigation.

John Kelly is a distinguished solicitor focusing on reputation management issues for individuals with a public profile and FTSE 100 companies. One client says: "He's extremely savvy and wise, with a real understanding of the interconnection of legal and reputation issues."

About the Team (content provided by Harbottle & Lewis LLP)

Protecting the reputation and privacy of high-profile clients continues to be an area of work where we are most sought out and best known.

The Firm’s Media & Information Group provides high level strategic advice on a global basis to HNW clients, celebrities, family offices and corporations, including their boards, to protect their reputations. Around 90% of the work that we are involved with is preventative. We aim to work with clients on a strategic basis taking a long term view of what their aims are and then devising strategies with them as to how to achieve those aims.

The practice was developed over 30 years ago to advise clients in the area of Reputation Protection as we recognised that personal brand protection involves much more than Reputation Protection. It requires the ability to advise upon the creation, exploitation and protection of information. As the law and technology have come together to embrace the protection of Data and Information this has enabled the Firm to serve clients needs in this area with a particular expertise in Data Protection.

We do not actively publicise our work, as confidentiality and discretion are our core values.

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RPC - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Market-leading defendant practice, offering expertise in all aspects of defamation defence from pre-trial to appeal. Acts for a host of national newspapers, broadcasters, online and print publishers and media liability insurers. Adept at advising clients on matters relating to malicious falsehood, contempt, harassment, data protection, Freedom of Information Act and copyright disputes.

Strengths One impressed commentator says: "They are probably the best of the firms that specialise in newspaper and publishing defence work; they're just so experienced."

Work highlights Acted for News Group Newspapers and Mazher Mahmood in defence of a claim by the Duchess of York, concerning alleged deceit, invasion of privacy, breach of confidence and deliberate breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Acted for MGN Limited in the high-profile civil claims brought against it and its publications relating to voicemail interception and call data blagging.

Significant clients Times Newspapers, Financial Times, Google, Thomson Reuters, Twitter.

Notable practitioners

Keith Mathieson acts for an enviable client list, which includes major newspapers and other publishers. He is highly regarded for his experience and judgement, with one interviewee saying: "He can instinctively spot where a case is heading and knows what to avoid."

Rupert Cowper-Coles is a media litigator with noted experience in advising on disputes related to libel, malicious falsehood, harassment, copyright and data protection. One market source says: "He's a pleasure to work with. He's a really good, analytical lawyer who is charming, good with clients and excellent under pressure."

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Schillings - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Distinguished claimant practice, offering long-standing expertise in defamation and privacy along with a variety of other innovative reputation management services. Acts for high-profile media and entertainment stars, large corporates, retailers and high net worth individuals. Additional risk consulting, cyber security and intelligence gathering capabilities allow the firm to advise on the full ambit of reputational issues clients face.

Strengths One market source says: "The team as a whole stands out for their deep experience, mastery of the issues, creative thinking and extraordinary dedication to client service."

Another interviewee says: "They have been enormously helpful and supportive. They eat, sleep and drink matters relating to reputation and are solution-focused."

Work highlights Acted for Sir Philip Green in relation to the false allegations made by the Right Honourable Frank Field on Radio 4.

Acted for individual PJS in PJS v News Group Newspapers, in which the claimant applied for an injunction to prevent the publication of his identity and private information.

Significant clients Brad Pitt, Merlin Entertainment Group.

Notable practitioners

Jenny Afia is noted for her work on behalf of celebrities and high net worth individuals on all manner of privacy and reputational issues. Clients say: "She has a combination of deep experience in the areas of defamation and reputation management, common sense, strategic acumen and strong communication skills."

Magnus Boyd defends corporate clients and prominent individuals against allegations damaging to their reputation, and also possesses noteworthy strengths in the areas of information security and data protection.

Rod Christie-Miller is the CEO of the firm and continues to represent individuals, families and governments facing reputational challenges. He is experienced in handling international matters, particularly those involving libel or privacy disputes.

"Well-known libel lawyer" Keith Schilling is senior partner and chair of the firm. He acts for prominent business leaders, high-profile celebrities and other private individuals, providing strategic advice on reputation and privacy threats.

Rachel Atkins is a specialist reputation management lawyer, frequently advising on privacy and defamation disputes for prominent individuals and businesses. One client says: "I'm impressed with Rachel on all fronts, particularly in terms of her advice, judgement and responsiveness. The work product was also excellent and very focused."

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Simons Muirhead & Burton - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Accomplished defamation practice, acting for a mix of defendant and claimant clients on libel, privacy and data protection matters. Houses a team of accomplished litigators and strategists supported by highly talented associates. Maintains a fine reputation for its work on behalf of major broadcasters, newspapers and other publishing clients.

Strengths Clients say: "They don't just provide generic legal advice. They're very good at assessing the pragmatic risks."

Work highlights Acted for Times Newspapers in a libel, malicious falsehood and breach of the Data Protection Act dispute concerning a claim made by an Indian businesswoman, following the publication of an article in 2015.

Significant clients Penguin Random House, Channel 4, VICE, Simon & Schuster, LADBible.

Notable practitioners

Martin Soames is an experienced libel and privacy solicitor and has an exceptional reputation for his work on behalf of book publishers. Clients say: "Working with him is a pleasure. He is efficient, insightful and rigorous, and he goes above and beyond what is required."

Razi Mireskandari is described by market sources as a "great big-picture lawyer who gets things done." He has more than three decades of experience handling complex and high-profile defamation matters.

"Very good defamation litigation lawyer" Louis Charalambous is described by one market source as "one of shrewdest litigators practising media law." He acts for major broadcasters, production companies and national newspapers on disputes concerning defamation, privacy, breach of confidence and contempt of court.

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Atkins Thomson - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Strong privacy and reputation management department, celebrated not least for its involvement in the development of phone hacking claims. Advises on defamation matters and brings libel and data protection actions on behalf of celebrities, public figures and high net worth individuals. Additional experience in advising on misuse of private information and breach of confidence claims.

Work highlights Acted for businessman Javad Marandi in his defamation complaint against The Observer newspapers.

Acted for Ian Hurst in his action against News Group Newspapers and four other defendants in his claim arising from computer hacking and e-mail interception.

Significant clients President Donald Trump, Sienna Miller, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Sir Lynton Crosby, Kelly Hoppen MBE.

Notable practitioners

The "well-respected" Mark Thomson is a prominent figure in the industry, with particular expertise in dealing with defamation, confidence, harassment, human rights and privacy issues for celebrity clients. Sources reserve particular praise for his work in phone hacking cases, for which his knowledge has been described as "encyclopaedic."

Graham Atkins advises clients on all aspects of reputation management, including libel, privacy, IP and matrimonial law. He also appears in phone hacking litigation and is highly regarded for his representation of political figures and influential individuals.

The "dynamic" James Heath is described as "very helpful and a very good technician," by market sources. He is held in exceptionally high regard in the industry for his representation of individuals in phone hacking cases, in addition to his broad libel and privacy practice, where he represents both claimants and defendants.

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Simkins LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Flourishing reputation management practice with a range of media and entertainment stars, celebrities, other individuals and businesses among its clientele. Advises on sensitive libel matters, crisis management and responses to defamatory postings on social media and online platforms. Utilises additional knowledge of privacy, confidence, anti-harassment, data protection and copyright law to safeguard its clients' reputations.

Strengths One interviewee says: "They gave us a good understanding of our legal position, in terms of what we could and couldn't challenge, and provided a really forensic examination of the allegations made. Simkins did well in really challenging and interrogating those assertions, and were relentless and persistent in fighting their client's corner."

A client adds: "They're incredibly responsive. They're also very balanced in their advice and were helpful in getting us to understand the most appropriate form of response."

Work highlights Acted for Sir Cliff Richard in his privacy and data protection action against the BBC and the police.

Significant clients JK Rowling, Royal Mail, Naomi Campbell, Canary Wharf Group.

Notable practitioners

Gideon Benaim heads the firm's reputation team and maintains a fine track record representing individuals and corporate clients in defamation, privacy and data privacy matters. Clients say: "He's incredibly patient in describing what he thinks is the optimal strategy and he's always right."

Tom Iverson acts for high-profile claimants and defendants in defamation proceedings, with particular experience in obtaining privacy injunctions and advising on harassment issues. Clients say: "He's good on details and at picking holes in arguments to work out if we have the best line of defence."

The "tenacious and thorough" Jon Oakley is active in representing clients on contentious data protection and privacy matters, as well as providing general reputation management advice. Clients describe him as "really erudite, calm, collected and thoughtful, and also very practical."

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ACK Media Law LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Respected defamation practice acting primarily for defendants on privacy, data protection and reputational matters, with recent work focused on representing individuals, publishers and broadcasters. Noted for advice on legal clearance and pre-publication, with a particular focus on the film and TV sector.

Work highlights Acted for E L James in strategising and managing the international brand of the Fifty Shades trilogy.

Provided See Saw Films with advice on clearance, libel and privacy issues in relation to the second series of the television programme Top of the Lake.

Significant clients Reed Business Information, Channel 4, Associated Newspapers, Love Productions, Lupus Films.

Notable practitioners

Susan Aslan regularly advises companies and individuals on defamation, privacy and data protection disputes. One market sources says: "She has a strategic view and can add value to clients through her experience."

Sue Charles is a specialist media lawyer who provides content advice to film and TV companies, as well as print and online publishers, on defamation, privacy and compliance issues. One client says: "She is fantastic: very experienced, able to assist clients to take a commercial view and help make creative changes that mitigate risks."

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Bindmans LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Well-regarded claimant practice which manages reputational issues for journalists, politicians, NGOs and vulnerable people, among others. Utilises its expertise in media, crime, employment, immigration, family and police actions to advise clients on all aspects of a reputational crisis.

Strengths One interviewee says: "They're very good indeed. The work they do is of the highest standard and reasonably priced. They're very efficient and they develop a good rapport with their clients."

Work highlights Acted for film-maker Franny Armstrong in relation to a forthcoming drama series about the activities of undercover police.

Represented Steve McFadden as claimant in a hacking claim against Mirror Group Newspapers.

Significant clients Scott Mitchell, Aimee West, Captive Animals Protection Society, Narender Ramnani, Paul Gambaccini.

Notable practitioners

Tamsin Allen is a highly regarded defamation and privacy lawyer, with particular expertise in handling phone hacking litigation. One appreciative client says: "She is very dedicated to our cause. She thinks ahead and offers a strategic approach. She's also not afraid of giving robust advice, especially if she thinks we are going off in the wrong direction."

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Bindmans’ media department provides expert advice and representation in libel, privacy, data protection and copyright disputes. We represent individuals from the arts, television and politics (including numerous former cabinet members) and individuals with no previous public profile who find themselves caught up in a media storm. Tamsin Allen had a critical role in the phone-hacking litigation, representing large numbers of claimants and co-ordinating the group of lawyers bringing the legal claim and representing 70 Core Participant Victims in Module 2 of the Leveson Inquiry.

We litigate cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and we receive superb feedback from our clients and counsel. We act on CFA’s with ATE insurance so that everyone has access to justice in a legal dispute against powerful newspapers or broadcasters.

We also represent publishers, in particular small publishers and campaign organisations which now find themselves exposed to new legal risks as a result of their websites and social media presence. We advise Amnesty International, Greenpeace, and a range of smaller charities and campaign organisations
Uniquely, Bindmans is also able to offer expertise in crime, family, employment, immigration, police actions and public law. The breadth of our expertise means that we can instantly marshal a bespoke interdisciplinary legal team to manage a crisis quickly and cost-effectively.

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Collyer Bristow LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Substantial experience in defamation matters, particularly those related to online libel and harassment, as well as data privacy, and maintains a dedicated cyber investigation team. Acts for a range of public figures and celebrities in phone hacking claims against the media.

Strengths One client says: "They're highly competent, very professional and approachable, and they clearly have an empathetic, human side. They have good, clear lines of communication and are very forthcoming."

Sources add: "They're very efficient at pre-empting matters that come up."

Work highlights Acted for Justin Lee Collins in a libel claim against NGN Ltd concerning an article published in The Sun newspaper.

Acted for Sarah Lancashire in a dispute with Mirror Group for misuse of private information.

Significant clients Caroline Nokes MP, Chris Cairns, Joanne Lees, Landmark Lofts, Paladin.

Notable practitioners

Steven Heffer "is a very wise head who always has his client's best interests at heart," according to impressed interviewees. He has played a significant role acting for clients in phone hacking claims and regularly represents individuals and corporate clients in libel, privacy and reputation management disputes.

"Good tactician" Rhory Robertson is a highly experienced practitioner who offers clients deep expertise in the field of libel and privacy litigation. He is particularly noted for his expert counsel on cyber abuse matters.

Since publication, Alexander Cochrane has joined Brett Wilson LLP

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Foot Anstey LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Exeter

What the team is known for Premier regional newspaper practice, providing pre- and post-publication advice to titles around the country. Also defends media organisations in libel defamation proceedings and actions concerning freedom of expression. Considerable expertise in handling matters related to misuse of private and confidential information, as well as online reputation management and harassment.

Strengths A satisfied client comments: "They're excellent - they always provide advice quickly, always meet deadlines, understand the level of risk we want to operate at and advise us accordingly."

Work highlights Acted for Trinity Mirror journalist Gareth Davies who had a police information notice applied against him after he contacted a woman to investigate a story relating to fraud and she complained to the police that he was harassing her.

Acted for Local World publication Plymouth Herald in relation to a libel claim from a doctor, following the publishing of an article in which it was alleged that the claimant was continuing to perform surgical procedures despite having been struck off by the GMC.

Significant clients Which?, Tindle Newspapers, Johnson Press, British Forces Broadcasting Service, Midland News Association.

Notable practitioners

Tony Jaffa is a specialist in all aspects of publishing law, providing pre-publication and legal clearance advice to print and online publishers across the country. One client affords particular praise for his "real understanding of the newspaper industry," while another source says he's "very good at reducing problems at a minimal cost."

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Lee & Thompson LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Impressive media and entertainment boutique with significant dispute resolution capabilities, housing a number of dedicated litigators. Maintains a strong presence in phone hacking and defamation and privacy litigation, and handles reputation management issues for a number of successful recording artists and celebrities. Also offers pre-publication clearance services to film and TV clients.

Strengths One client says: "We selected Lee & Thompson for our legal support because they're reliable, highly effective and very measured."

Work highlights Acted for Prince Moulay Hicham in a libel and data protection claim against Elaph Publishing, relating to an online article published on Elaph.com.

Acted for Jude Law in relation to various privacy and defamation complaints against Associated Newspapers and US publishers regarding stories concerning him and his children.

Significant clients Harry Styles, Sol Campbell, Lara Stone, Christopher Eccleston, Jack Wilshere.

Notable practitioners

Mike Brookes is the head of the firm's reputation protection group. He is noted for his experience in handling defamation, privacy and data protection matters, and maintains a fine reputation for his work representing clients in phone hacking litigation. Market sources say: "He's very experienced, has good judgement and is always available."

The "very personable and very intelligent" Leo Dawkins is a senior associate who frequently acts for private individuals, as well as film and TV production companies. He provides pre- and post-publication defamation and privacy advice to clients and also acts in phone hacking litigation.

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Mishcon de Reya LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Thriving reputation management practice, underpinned by established private client and family practices. Acts increasingly for corporate entities on reputation management matters in addition to its traditional high net worth clientele. Specialist expertise in all aspects of defamation, privacy and harassment, from sensitive crisis situations to high-profile libel proceedings. Possesses considerable experience in handling cross-jurisdictional disputes.

Strengths One client comments: "They're very professional and very client-driven; it's an amazing service."

Another client notes: "I always like working with Mishcon; they're direct, straightforward and tell it like it is."

Significant clients Euromoney Institutional Investor, Tata Group.

Notable practitioners

Ramona Mehta is the head of the reputation protection group at the firm. She frequently provides crisis management services to high net worth clients and their businesses, as well as acting for them in privacy and defamation litigation. Clients say: "She's very creative, intelligent and is quick to grasp the issues."

James Libson specialises in reputation management, with a client base that includes high-profile individuals, corporations and charities. He is described by clients as "highly creative and extremely steady."

Emma Woollcott is noted for her strength in relation to defamation, breach of confidence and data protection disputes. She primarily represents businesses, charities and individuals on both claimant and defendant work.

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Arguably, your reputation is your most valuable asset. Whether you are a business or an individual, whether you are very much in the public eye or prefer anonymity, outside scrutiny can bring significant risks. In this quickly changing world, digital technology allows publication of sensitive or damaging information to the world at large, often with little or no notice. As working practices become more flexible, more remote working means more vulnerable data, and the threat of reputational damage due to loss or theft of data is high.

As litigators, we are both robust and resolute, but we do not take action as a first resort. Our understanding of the relationship between personal and business interests enables us to assist our clients in reframing their reputational issue to their advantage. In a crisis, we are calm and measured. We are able to navigate complex and special situations quickly, applying the intellectual rigour required to reach the most effective solution. Reasoned legal and commercial strategy combined with an appreciation of the particular sensitivities of the individuals involved characterise our approach, as does our responsiveness and availability to our clients at all times.

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Payne Hicks Beach - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Active reputation management department with recent involvement in a number of high-profile defamation, privacy and breach of confidence disputes. The team works closely with the firm's family and private client departments to provide a comprehensive service to high net worth individuals, corporate clients and public figures. Maintains noteworthy strength in handling phone hacking, harassment and Data Protection Act issues for claimants.

Work highlights Acted for Steve Coogan in phone hacking litigation against the Mirror Group.

Acted for Max Mosley in relation to various media issues, including those involving search engines and online publishers.

Significant clients Issam Khorani, the Dowler Family, Elaph Publishing, Nelson Piquet Jr, Hugh Grant.

Notable practitioners

Hanna Basha recently joined the firm from Hill Dickinson and brings experience in acting for claimants on defamation, privacy and breach of confidence cases. One client says: "She has a very impressive knowledge of how defamation works. She looks beyond the technical legal aspects and considers the context to give pragmatic, sensible advice."

Dominic Crossley frequently appears in high-profile privacy, breach of confidence, defamation and harassment cases. Market sources comment: "He's very laid back, calm and clients very much appreciate his considered wisdom; he sees the wood for the trees, which is a big advantage."

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Payne Hicks Beach specialises in managing and protecting our clients' reputations through our extensive experience in these areas of law and an intimate understanding of how the media and publishers work.

Due to the nature of this area of law, we act for a large number of high-profile individuals both nationally and internationally. However, our work encompasses a wide range of clients and circumstances including those from sectors including sport, private equity firms and executives, politics, entertainment, corporate advisers, healthcare and landed estates.

Much of the work undertaken is confidential pre-publication work for high profile individuals. The range of work also commonly undertaken includes managing significant crisis and reputational attacks, acting for high net worth individuals on unwanted media/social media attention, expertise in Libel, Privacy, Harassment and Data Protection Act issues for claimants, advising commercial organisations on data privacy and crisis management, assisting publishers on pre-publication and, in the event of complaints, litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings, acting for phone hacking claimants seeking compensation, online-publication, cyber-stalking and Norwich Pharmacal applications, pursuing urgent interim injunctions and commercial claims for breach of confidence

All enquiries are handled with the utmost sensitivity.

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Taylor Wessing LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Leading media law department with a strong practice providing reputation management advice, particularly in relation to digital content delivery, social media and user-generated content. Represents high net worth individuals, well-known brands and corporations on the claimant side, and high-profile international publishers and broadcasters on the defendant side.

Strengths Clients say: "They're always readily available and drop everything to handle a crisis. They instil confidence and get results."

Another source comments: "They're attentive and make each client feel like they are their only client."

Work highlights Acted for former city banker Svetlana Lokhova in two libel claims against her ex-colleagues at Sberbank CIB.

Significant clients Springer Nature, The Motley Fool, Cambridge University Press, This is Global.

Notable practitioners

Niri Shan offers reputation management advice to corporations and high-profile individuals. He possesses expertise in defamation, harassment, data protection and privacy issues, which he brings to bear across the publishing, advertising, sport and film/TV sectors. Clients say: "He's a great adviser and a heavyweight figure in the industry. He's in total command and offers very wise counsel."

Timothy Pinto is an expert in defamation, privacy and data protection, with a particular specialisation in user-generated content and cases relating to anonymous publishers. Sources say: "He's an extremely attentive, exceptionally thoughtful lawyer who thinks things through from the commercial side as much as the legal side."

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Wiggin LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Dynamic defendant practice regularly instructed by magazines, newspapers and other media organisations on defamation and privacy matters. Particularly noted for its expert pre-publication work and frequently sought after for its online-specific advice. Offers industry-specific expertise in the film sector, advising a variety of film studios on reputational concerns.

Strengths Clients say: "They provide very prompt, sensible advice grounded in reality, considering how best to reduce risk."

Work highlights Successfully defended News UK against a privacy claim by David Axon, an ex-Commander in the Royal Navy.

Represented Newsquest’s Bolton News journalist Dale Haslam in his appeal to the Upper Tribunal as part of his campaign to name local councillors who failed to pay their own council tax.

Significant clients Condé Nast, Shortlist, Haymarket, Bauer Consumer Media, MoneySavingExpert.

Notable practitioners

Caroline Kean is an experienced litigator who frequently handles complex privacy, data protection and defamation disputes. One client says: "She's really experienced, demonstrates good judgement, is good on strategy and knows the law well."

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The original defendant practice, we fight tooth and nail for media clients and their right to freedom of expression. 

Our team advises the nation’s most prominent media, news and content companies, publishers, advertisers, television broadcasters, film studios and radio stations. Where there are reputational issues or important points of principle at stake, our clients know to rely on our determination and robust style of litigation.

Our highly experienced lawyers have successfully litigated many of the ground-breaking defamation and privacy claims of recent years, but clients most value our ability to get to the core of the issue and stop complaints ever becoming claims in the first place.

Broadcasters and publishers operate in a global market and we regularly advise our media clients on claims involving multiple jurisdictions and we work with preferred local lawyers in the US and globally.

The team offers content clearance advice to all media clients including libel reads for book publishers and magazines, script reviews and clearance work for film producers and radio and television broadcasters. We also advise clients on regulatory matters involving Ofcom and the ASA and proceedings under the BCAP, CAP and Editors’ codes of conduct.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Represents claimants in high-profile defamation and press intrusion disputes. Makes use of its international network to advise global businesses on reputation management issues, including social media and data protection matters.

Strengths One client says: "The practicality of the advice is what I find most valuable; I felt that their advice was business-focused and useful in a business context. I felt confident that they knew the law and were applying it to our situation in a way that made sense for us."

Another source comments: "They've been excellent in terms of their knowledge and in coming up with solutions."

Significant clients British Airways, Co-operative Group, GlaxoSmithKline, Travelodge, Sainsbury's.

Notable practitioners

David Engel is an accomplished reputation management and privacy specialist noted for his claimant work for corporate clients and high-profile individuals. Clients say: "He's a bright, calm, well-rounded person who can deal with the stress of the moment and come up with the right advice and solution."

Abigail Healey is skilled in handling reputation and information protection matters, particularly claims arising out of data breaches. She is praised by interviewees for "her knowledge and the focus of her advice, which is practical and business-focused."

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Please visit the Addleshaw Goddard website to find out more about our work in this area: https://www.addleshawgoddard.com/en/specialisms/dispute-resolution/reputation-information-protection/


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Archerfield Partners LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Solid reputation management offering, assisting clients with sensitive defamation, privacy and harassment matters. Acts for claimants, including TV and film producers, high net worth individuals and celebrities, and also for publishers and newspapers. Draws upon wider media law expertise to provide a comprehensive offering, including significant IP and data protection capabilities.

Strengths Market sources say: "They're very good claimant lawyers in privacy, libel and harassment matters; they pursue cases doggedly."

A satisfied client comments: "They handled both the human and legal elements of the case extremely well."

Work highlights Acted for Russell Brand and Jemima Goldsmith in relation to a claim brought under the Protection from Harassment Act with related libel and privacy issues.

Acted on behalf of the family of the late Tara Palmer-Tomkinson to deal with the press surrounding her death.

Significant clients Katie Price, Macmillan Publishers, Sam Allardyce, Lauren Pope, Paul Burrell.

Notable practitioners

Kevin Bays possesses a wealth of experience in defamation and privacy issues. One appreciative client comments: "His strength is in the details; I can't think of anyone who is more focused.”

Mark Bateman is a dedicated media lawyer specialising in libel, privacy and breach of confidence matters. One client says: "Mark was magnificent throughout the matter; he was an absolute rock to me at a very stressful time. Naturally he is very intelligent and, as a commercial litigator, he is tactically astute."

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Popular choice among corporations and banks for assistance with reputational issues, data privacy and crisis management. Niche expertise in defending sports personalities. Continued involvement in phone hacking claims in addition to a significant practice securing pre-publication injunctions.

Significant clients Thames Water, Tesco, Andrew Marr, Kieron Dyer, Abbey Clancy.

Notable practitioners

Graham Shear offers clients significant litigation experience, with a particular emphasis on defamation and privacy matters. He frequently acts for corporates and high net worth individuals, along with sports and entertainment personalities.

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Charles Russell Speechlys - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 consultant
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Particular expertise in reputation management for TV companies and broadcasters. Also represents a range of corporates, sporting organisations and individuals on libel and privacy matters. Maintains a fine track in phone hacking disputes and breach of confidence cases.

Work highlights Successfully acted for British Sky Broadcasting on the appeal of a breach of confidence claim concerning the format of a prime-time music elimination show.

Continued to handle 12 phone hacking claims against News of the World for Alan Halsall, Kate Ford and other claimants.

Significant clients ITN, ITV, The Tablet, Popbitch, Russia TV Today.

Notable practitioners

Duncan Lamont is an experienced media lawyer with a practice focusing on the representation of newspapers, broadcasters, companies and individuals. His experience covers defamation and privacy cases, and he is noted for his work in phone hacking disputes.

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Clintons - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Respected media boutique firm with a robust phone hacking practice and a venerable record in high-profile privacy cases. Particularly excels in harassment and misuse of private information cases. Represents a fine choice of firm for celebrities, musicians and other media and entertainment personalities.

Strengths Clients say: "Everything works in complete tandem, everyone at all times is fully filled in on the case."

Work highlights Represented Shane Richie in the Mirror Group phone hacking litigation.

Brought misuse of private information cases against News Group Newspapers on behalf of numerous high-profile individuals.

Significant clients Davina McCall, Brooke Kinsella MBE, Danny Young, Pearl Lowe, Danny Goffey.

Notable practitioners

Roddy Chisholm Batten is a privacy and defamation litigator with a strong reputation for his handling of phone hacking claims on behalf of high-profile individuals. A client notes: "I had a complete sense of trust and comfort working with Roddy. Emails were always responded to, calls always taken and everything explained expertly and with precision."

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Farrer & Co LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Increasingly focused on claimant work, advising high-profile individuals, schools and corporations on reputational matters including libel, injunctions, reporting restrictions, data protection and contempt of court. Also offers expertise in internet and social media issues such as harassment and online attacks. Supplements a strong claimant practice with a defendant service, acting for significant publications.

Strengths One client says: "They give us really excellent, expert and well-informed advice and also have a really good understanding of our needs in terms of what is important to us and what isn't."

Another client comments: "I have always found them to be very strong. They can get their head around complex issues quickly, are intelligent and consistently give good advice."

Work highlights Acted for Pippa Middleton and James Matthews in relation to the hacking of Ms Middleton's iCloud and subsequent release of private images from her iPhone.

Acted for the Science Museum in relation to a defamation claim issued against it by an individual who had been hired to exhibit his work at the museum.

Significant clients The Economist, BMJ Publishing Group, Bauer Consumer Media, Axel Springer Schweiz, British Athletics.

Notable practitioners

Julian Pike offers clients "clear thinking in legal terms and practical solutions," according to interviewees. Pike is the head of the firm's reputation management practice and frequently provides his considerable expertise to high-profile individuals, corporations and institutions.

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Hamlins LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Powerful litigation practice at the forefront of much of the activity concerning the phone hacking prosecutions. Offers claimants and defendants expertise in a wide variety of privacy, defamation and harassment matters. Additional experience in offering publishers pre-publication advice.

Strengths Clients say: "The whole team is well co-ordinated and briefed; they have always been clear and concise in their briefing, expected outcomes and future timings."

Another market source says: "They're very good. They're extremely knowledgeable, helpful and they get back to you very quickly."

Work highlights Acted for Random House on pre-publication advice relating to several biographies and autobiographies.

Acted for the head of legal at PetroSaudi in relation to defamatory publications on a website.

Significant clients Ralf Little, Ceva Pharmaceuticals, Vic Reeves, Eddie Jordan, Simon Clegg CBE.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Hutchings is an established defamation and privacy specialist noted for his expertise on phone hacking claims. Clients say: "He is very conscientious and careful as well as knowledgeable and experienced."

Andrew Stephenson offers clients the benefit of his deep knowledge of defamation and privacy matters. He comes particularly recommended for his representation of public figures, politicians and high net worth individuals on cases which often have an international aspect to them.

Simon Gallant has an established defamation, privacy and reputation management practice, acting for defendants and claimants. A client says: "He had a phenomenal grasp of the case and was incredibly professional in terms of getting back to us providing updates and assurances; the overall package of advice provided was outstanding."

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Kingsley Napley LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Dynamic defamation and privacy practice complemented by a strong crime department. Assists a diverse roster of clients with reputational issues, including media organisations, corporates, celebrities, politicians and private individuals. Experienced at handling both claimant and defendant work, with a growing expertise in internet libel matters related to social media.

Strengths Clients describe this as a "good team with all-round experience."

Work highlights Acted for Mazher Mahmood on media and reputational issues during his criminal trial.

Acted for Katie Hopkins in relation to a defamation lawsuit brought against her by journalist Jack Monroe.

Significant clients Marcus Evans Group, Flynet Pictures, Dame Shirley Bassey, Rangers Football Club, Genting Casinos.

Notable practitioners

Charlotte Harris represents both defendants and claimants and is experienced in acting for clients on defamation, privacy and harassment matters, in addition to providing pre- and post-publication advice.

Gerard Cukier is an experienced reputation management specialist, with a focus on advising national and international media groups including national newspapers and online entities, as well as sports and entertainment personalities. Clients say: "He is very practical, knowledgeable and provides a commercial legal view on matters."

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Penningtons Manches LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Active defamation practice known for its representation of the Police Federation, as well as other trade unions. Significant privacy practice focused on the misuse of private information. Also frequently acts for high-profile and private individuals.

Work highlights Acted for Robert Murat in a series of libel claims against national newspapers, including The Sun, the Daily Mail and the Daily Express.

Acted for Natalia Kane in her claims of misuse of private information, breach of confidence and breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 against the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Notable practitioners

Jeremy Clarke-Williams attracts numerous accolades for his long-standing libel, reputation management and privacy law practice. Clients say: "Jeremy is very practical in his approach; he's tenacious and determined to get the best possible result for his client, and he's extremely good at getting results."

The "very capable and efficient" Adele Ashton is highly sought after for her expertise in defamation and reputation management matters. She has additional experience in data protection and with helping clients to navigate the challenges posed by internet publications by individuals.

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Withers LLP - Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Strong libel and privacy offering, advising a range of clients on media law issues, sensitive reputational matters and crisis management. Acts for charities, high net worth individuals and corporate clients on domestic and international disputes. Established focus on claimant work but increasingly advising defendant individuals in relation to the publishing of online content.

Strengths Sources also describe the firm as "very responsive" and single out its lawyers for their "in-depth knowledge of media and charity work."

Work highlights Acted for Payam Tamiz in his claim before the ECHR relating to his inability to obtain a remedy against Google in the English courts for its failure to remove anonymous defamatory allegations from its blogger platform.

Acted for the barrister Sasha Wass QC in a defamation action against the Mail on Sunday, the Mail Online and the New Zealand Herald.

Notable practitioners

Amber Melville-Brown is head of the media and reputation team and maintains a broad practice acting for both claimants and defendants on various matters including defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection. Interviewees say: "She puts her clients first and has amazingly good judgement. She gives good, realistic advice and she is hugely understanding."

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Senior Statesperson

Archerfield Partners LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kevin Bays possesses a wealth of experience in defamation and privacy issues. One appreciative client comments: "His strength is in the details; I can't think of anyone who is more focused.”

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Eminent Practitioner

Razi Mireskandari

Simons Muirhead & Burton

From the Chambers UK guide

Razi Mireskandari is described by market sources as a "great big-picture lawyer who gets things done." He has more than three decades of experience handling complex and high-profile defamation matters.

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Eminent Practitioner

Schillings

From the Chambers UK guide

"Well-known libel lawyer" Keith Schilling is senior partner and chair of the firm. He acts for prominent business leaders, high-profile celebrities and other private individuals, providing strategic advice on reputation and privacy threats.

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Simkins LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gideon Benaim heads the firm's reputation team and maintains a fine track record representing individuals and corporate clients in defamation, privacy and data privacy matters. Clients say: "He's incredibly patient in describing what he thinks is the optimal strategy and he's always right."

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Louis Charalambous

Simons Muirhead & Burton

From the Chambers UK guide

"Very good defamation litigation lawyer" Louis Charalambous is described by one market source as "one of shrewdest litigators practising media law." He acts for major broadcasters, production companies and national newspapers on disputes concerning defamation, privacy, breach of confidence and contempt of court.

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RPC

From the Chambers UK guide

Keith Mathieson acts for an enviable client list, which includes major newspapers and other publishers. He is highly regarded for his experience and judgement, with one interviewee saying: "He can instinctively spot where a case is heading and knows what to avoid."

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Geraldine Proudler

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Geraldine Proudler "stands out for her great tenacity in pursuing a case," according to commentators. She handles pre- and post-publication issues for clients in publishing, film and TV, as well as broader defamation and reputation matters for high-profile and corporate clients.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Niri Shan offers reputation management advice to corporations and high-profile individuals. He possesses expertise in defamation, harassment, data protection and privacy issues, which he brings to bear across the publishing, advertising, sport and film/TV sectors. Clients say: "He's a great adviser and a heavyweight figure in the industry. He's in total command and offers very wise counsel."

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Carter-Ruck

From the Chambers UK guide

Nigel Tait is "particularly good at bringing difficult disputes to conclusion while keeping relationships intact on both sides of the battle," according to one interviewee. Tait is the head of the firm's defamation and media law group and has an exceptional reputation for his libel and privacy-focused practice. Another impressed market source says: "He is as astute a tactician as they come and develops comprehensive strategies to continually get the best for his wide range of clients."

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Dan Tench is a highly regarded lawyer with exceptional experience in handling reputation disputes, including defamation, breach of confidence, privacy and data protection matters. He receives praise from market sources for "thinking through all the angles," and is described by one client as "very calm, very thorough, and a clear expert in what he does."

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Atkins Thomson

From the Chambers UK guide

The "well-respected" Mark Thomson is a prominent figure in the industry, with particular expertise in dealing with defamation, confidence, harassment, human rights and privacy issues for celebrity clients. Sources reserve particular praise for his work in phone hacking cases, for which his knowledge has been described as "encyclopaedic."

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gerrard Tyrrell maintains an exceptional reputation for his defamation and privacy-focused practice and has more than three decades of experience representing high-profile clients in such matters. "Gerrard is always available, is very thorough and quick to understand the situation," report impressed interviewees.

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Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tamsin Allen is a highly regarded defamation and privacy lawyer, with particular expertise in handling phone hacking litigation. One appreciative client says: "She is very dedicated to our cause. She thinks ahead and offers a strategic approach. She's also not afraid of giving robust advice, especially if she thinks we are going off in the wrong direction."

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ACK Media Law LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Susan Aslan regularly advises companies and individuals on defamation, privacy and data protection disputes. One market sources says: "She has a strategic view and can add value to clients through her experience."

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Lee & Thompson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mike Brookes is the head of the firm's reputation protection group. He is noted for his experience in handling defamation, privacy and data protection matters, and maintains a fine reputation for his work representing clients in phone hacking litigation. Market sources say: "He's very experienced, has good judgement and is always available."

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Band 2

Jeremy Clarke-Williams

Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jeremy Clarke-Williams attracts numerous accolades for his long-standing libel, reputation management and privacy law practice. Clients say: "Jeremy is very practical in his approach; he's tenacious and determined to get the best possible result for his client, and he's extremely good at getting results."

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Band 2

Payne Hicks Beach

From the Chambers UK guide

Dominic Crossley frequently appears in high-profile privacy, breach of confidence, defamation and harassment cases. Market sources comment: "He's very laid back, calm and clients very much appreciate his considered wisdom; he sees the wood for the trees, which is a big advantage."

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Band 2

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Engel is an accomplished reputation management and privacy specialist noted for his claimant work for corporate clients and high-profile individuals. Clients say: "He's a bright, calm, well-rounded person who can deal with the stress of the moment and come up with the right advice and solution."

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Band 2

Foot Anstey LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tony Jaffa is a specialist in all aspects of publishing law, providing pre-publication and legal clearance advice to print and online publishers across the country. One client affords particular praise for his "real understanding of the newspaper industry," while another source says he's "very good at reducing problems at a minimal cost."

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Band 2

Wiggin LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Caroline Kean is an experienced litigator who frequently handles complex privacy, data protection and defamation disputes. One client says: "She's really experienced, demonstrates good judgement, is good on strategy and knows the law well."

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Band 2

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

John Kelly is a distinguished solicitor focusing on reputation management issues for individuals with a public profile and FTSE 100 companies. One client says: "He's extremely savvy and wise, with a real understanding of the interconnection of legal and reputation issues."

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Band 2

Amber Melville-Brown

Withers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Amber Melville-Brown is head of the media and reputation team and maintains a broad practice acting for both claimants and defendants on various matters including defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection. Interviewees say: "She puts her clients first and has amazingly good judgement. She gives good, realistic advice and she is hugely understanding."

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Band 2

Carter-Ruck

From the Chambers UK guide

Alasdair Pepper "is incredibly bright and leaves no potential avenue uninvestigated," according to an impressed market source. He has a significant libel and privacy practice, providing both pre- and post-publication advice to clients. One interviewee says: "Alasdair Pepper is a stalwart of the media law sector and is always a voice of authority on often complex cases."

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Band 2

Simons Muirhead & Burton

From the Chambers UK guide

Martin Soames is an experienced libel and privacy solicitor and has an exceptional reputation for his work on behalf of book publishers. Clients say: "Working with him is a pleasure. He is efficient, insightful and rigorous, and he goes above and beyond what is required."

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Band 3

Schillings

From the Chambers UK guide

Jenny Afia is noted for her work on behalf of celebrities and high net worth individuals on all manner of privacy and reputational issues. Clients say: "She has a combination of deep experience in the areas of defamation and reputation management, common sense, strategic acumen and strong communication skills."

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Band 3

Atkins Thomson

From the Chambers UK guide

Graham Atkins advises clients on all aspects of reputation management, including libel, privacy, IP and matrimonial law. He also appears in phone hacking litigation and is highly regarded for his representation of political figures and influential individuals.

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Band 3

Schillings

From the Chambers UK guide

Magnus Boyd defends corporate clients and prominent individuals against allegations damaging to their reputation, and also possesses noteworthy strengths in the areas of information security and data protection.

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Band 3

Roddy Chisholm Batten

Clintons

From the Chambers UK guide

Roddy Chisholm Batten is a privacy and defamation litigator with a strong reputation for his handling of phone hacking claims on behalf of high-profile individuals. A client notes: "I had a complete sense of trust and comfort working with Roddy. Emails were always responded to, calls always taken and everything explained expertly and with precision."

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Band 3

Keystone Law

From the Chambers UK guide

"Tenacious claimant lawyer" Jonathan Coad of Keystone Law is described as "very committed, up for the fight and sensible." He devotes much of his practice to protecting the corporate reputation of broadcasters, publishers and new media clients faced with libel or privacy claims.

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Band 3

Collyer Bristow LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Steven Heffer "is a very wise head who always has his client's best interests at heart," according to impressed interviewees. He has played a significant role acting for clients in phone hacking claims and regularly represents individuals and corporate clients in libel, privacy and reputation management disputes.

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Band 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ashley Hurst of Osborne Clarke LLP has an established internet libel and privacy practice, which includes claimant work for corporates and high net worth individuals and defendant work for online platforms. Clients say: "Ashley is an experienced adviser with a broad range of capabilities, allowing him to advise both legal and technical remedies."

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Band 3

Christopher Hutchings

Hamlins LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Christopher Hutchings is an established defamation and privacy specialist noted for his expertise on phone hacking claims. Clients say: "He is very conscientious and careful as well as knowledgeable and experienced."

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Band 3

Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

Duncan Lamont is an experienced media lawyer with a practice focusing on the representation of newspapers, broadcasters, companies and individuals. His experience covers defamation and privacy cases, and he is noted for his work in phone hacking disputes.

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Band 3

Farrer & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Julian Pike offers clients "clear thinking in legal terms and practical solutions," according to interviewees. Pike is the head of the firm's reputation management practice and frequently provides his considerable expertise to high-profile individuals, corporations and institutions.

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Band 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jo Sanders is highly regarded for her counsel to publishers and high-profile individuals in reputation management, privacy and phone hacking disputes. Market sources say: "Jo Sanders is outstanding. She has an amazing client manner, is very effective at spotting key points and has a very natural way of delivering complex material in easy-to-understand language."

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Band 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Stephens of Howard Kennedy LLP is described as "a practical and creative lawyer with excellent judgement and experience." He is a good choice for defending press clients in libel and privacy proceedings.

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Band 3

Carter-Ruck

From the Chambers UK guide

Adam Tudor handles reputation management matters for an impressive roster of multinational corporations and high-profile individuals, including a number of politicians. One appreciative client says: "His care and attention to detail made it possible for us to gain the upper hand in what could have been an impossible situation."

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Band 4

Schillings

From the Chambers UK guide

Rachel Atkins is a specialist reputation management lawyer, frequently advising on privacy and defamation disputes for prominent individuals and businesses. One client says: "I'm impressed with Rachel on all fronts, particularly in terms of her advice, judgement and responsiveness. The work product was also excellent and very focused."

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Band 4

Payne Hicks Beach

From the Chambers UK guide

Hanna Basha recently joined the firm from Hill Dickinson and brings experience in acting for claimants on defamation, privacy and breach of confidence cases. One client says: "She has a very impressive knowledge of how defamation works. She looks beyond the technical legal aspects and considers the context to give pragmatic, sensible advice."

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Band 4

Archerfield Partners LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Bateman is a dedicated media lawyer specialising in libel, privacy and breach of confidence matters. One client says: "Mark was magnificent throughout the matter; he was an absolute rock to me at a very stressful time. Naturally he is very intelligent and, as a commercial litigator, he is tactically astute."

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Band 4

ACK Media Law LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sue Charles is a specialist media lawyer who provides content advice to film and TV companies, as well as print and online publishers, on defamation, privacy and compliance issues. One client says: "She is fantastic:  very experienced, able to assist clients to take a commercial view and help make creative changes that mitigate risks."

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Band 4

Rod Christie-Miller

Schillings

From the Chambers UK guide

Rod Christie-Miller is the CEO of the firm and continues to represent individuals, families and governments facing reputational challenges. He is experienced in handling international matters, particularly those involving libel or privacy disputes.

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Band 4

Bates Wells Braithwaite

From the Chambers UK guide

Rupert Earle of Bates Wells Braithwaite "is hugely experienced and very thoughtful in engaging with the underlying problems clients face," according to a client. He is head of media litigation at the firm and advises publishers and major institutions on libel, breach of confidence and data protection issues.

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Band 4

Hamlins LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Gallant has an established defamation, privacy and reputation management practice, acting for defendants and claimants. A client says: "He had a phenomenal grasp of the case and was incredibly professional in terms of getting back to us providing updates and assurances; the overall package of advice provided was outstanding."

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Band 4

Carter-Ruck

From the Chambers UK guide

Claire Gill provides both pre- and post-publication advice to individuals and corporate clients regarding privacy, defamation, data protection and harassment. One interviewee says: "She's ferocious in protecting the client and understands the issues."

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Band 4

Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Charlotte Harris represents both defendants and claimants and is experienced in acting for clients on defamation, privacy and harassment matters, in addition to providing pre- and post-publication advice.

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Band 4

Manleys

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Manley of Manleys "is very experienced and also very pragmatic in his approach," according to impressed clients. He receives regular instructions from regional newspapers, as well as sporting and celebrity clients regarding pre-publication guidance, libel disputes and phone hacking.

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Band 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ramona Mehta is the head of the reputation protection group at the firm. She frequently provides crisis management services to high net worth clients and their businesses, as well as acting for them in privacy and defamation litigation. Clients say: "She's very creative, intelligent and is quick to grasp the issues."

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Band 4

Collyer Bristow LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"Good tactician" Rhory Robertson is a highly experienced practitioner who offers clients deep expertise in the field of libel and privacy litigation. He is particularly noted for his expert counsel on cyber abuse matters.

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Band 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Graham Shear offers clients significant litigation experience, with a particular emphasis on defamation and privacy matters. He frequently acts for corporates and high net worth individuals, along with sports and entertainment personalities.

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Band 4

Andrew Stephenson

Hamlins LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Stephenson offers clients the benefit of his deep knowledge of defamation and privacy matters. He comes particularly recommended for his representation of public figures, politicians and high net worth individuals on cases which often have an international aspect to them.

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Band 4

Brett Wilson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Iain Wilson of Brett Wilson LLP is a respected claimant lawyer, representing individuals in libel, privacy and harassment disputes. A satisfied client comments: "He's personable, easy to get on with, and he's got a good client side to him as well."

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Band 5

Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gerard Cukier is an experienced reputation management specialist, with a focus on advising national and international media groups including national newspapers and online entities, as well as sports and entertainment personalities. Clients say: "He is very practical, knowledgeable and provides a commercial legal view on matters."

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Band 5

Carter-Ruck

From the Chambers UK guide

Cameron Doley is a vastly experienced lawyer with a focus on reputation management and is noted for his strengths in international and cross-border cases. He is a fine choice for high-profile clients, including governments, heads of state and major political figures.

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Band 5

Matthew Himsworth

Himsworths Legal Limited

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Himsworth of Himsworths Legal Limited maintains a strong practice advising sports industry clients and celebrities on defamation, privacy and harassment matters. Clients say: "Matt's work ethic was assiduous and diligent. He proved to be extremely knowledgeable and experienced in this area of law and demonstrated a meticulous attitude to his attention to detail."

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Band 5

Seddons

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Lewis of Seddons enjoys an excellent reputation in the market. He acts on behalf of claimants and defendants in disputes involving defamation, privacy and press intrusion, and maintains a fine track record in phone hacking claims.

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Band 5

BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Tim Smith of BLM focuses on defending publishers and other organisations in disputes involving defamation, breach of copyright and confidence, and malicious falsehood. "Tim is unflappable, experienced and highly knowledgeable," notes a client.

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Band 6

Swan Turton

From the Chambers UK guide

Catherine Fehler is the head of the reputation management team at Swan Turton and offers clients advice on brand management and litigious matters. Her clients include high-profile individuals and blue-chip corporates.

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Band 6

Hughmans

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Jenkins of Hughmans acts for claimants and defendants in claims related to defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, freedom of information and harassment. Market sources say: "He is incredibly bright; he's a real force and is very good at laying out all the facts."

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Band 6

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

James Libson specialises in reputation management, with a client base that includes high-profile individuals, corporations and charities. He is described by clients as "highly creative and extremely steady."

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Band 6

Simkins LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "tenacious and thorough" Jon Oakley is active in representing clients on contentious data protection and privacy matters, as well as providing general reputation management advice. Clients describe him as "really erudite, calm, collected and thoughtful, and also very practical."

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Band 6

Gordon Dadds LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Robin Shaw of Gordon Dadds LLP is an experienced media lawyer, offering pre-publication guidance to publishing clients. Clients say: "He has excellent analytical skills and is able to readily make sense of a large volume of information. He researches his cases in detail and thinks logically and is able to respond quickly to any enquiry."

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Band 6

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers UK guide

Phil Sherrell of Bird & Bird has a broad media litigation practice, acting for advertisers, broadcasters and publishers on sensitive crisis management situations. "His professionalism and sound advice has always stood out for us," notes a client.

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Band 6

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Skrein of Reed Smith LLP acts for domestic and international clients in the entertainment business on contentious media matters. He is also highly respected for his expertise in IP-related issues.

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Band 6

Taylor Hampton Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

The "sensible and experienced" Daniel Taylor is a founding partner of Taylor Hampton Solicitors and possesses a wealth of experience acting for claimants and defendants in libel and privacy disputes.

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Up and Coming

Brett Wilson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"Assiduous and competent lawyer" Max Campbell of Brett Wilson LLP specialises in harassment, defamation and right-to-be-forgotten cases. A client notes: "Max has been exceptional at managing me as a client, applying his experiences to drive the case forward to achieve the right outcomes."

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Up and Coming

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Abigail Healey is skilled in handling reputation and information protection matters, particularly claims arising out of data breaches. She is praised by interviewees for "her knowledge and the focus of her advice, which is practical and business-focused."

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Up and Coming

Atkins Thomson

From the Chambers UK guide

The "dynamic" James Heath is described as "very helpful and a very good technician," by market sources. He is held in exceptionally high regard in the industry for his representation of individuals in phone hacking cases, in addition to his broad libel and privacy practice, where he represents both claimants and defendants.

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Up and Coming

Simkins LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tom Iverson acts for high-profile claimants and defendants in defamation proceedings, with particular experience in obtaining privacy injunctions and advising on harassment issues. Clients say: "He's good on details and at picking holes in arguments to work out if we have the best line of defence."

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Up and Coming

Carter-Ruck

From the Chambers UK guide

Rebecca Toman is a litigator with noted experience in privacy disputes, acting for well-known and private individuals. Interviewees say: "Rebecca Toman continues to impress and is a pleasure to work with. She is diligent, tactically very sharp, and always willing to go beyond the port of call for her clients."

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Up and Coming

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Emma Woollcott is noted for her strength in relation to defamation, breach of confidence and data protection disputes. She primarily represents businesses, charities and individuals on both claimant and defendant work.

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Associates to watch

Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very capable and efficient" Adele Ashton is highly sought after for her expertise in defamation and reputation management matters. She has additional experience in data protection and with helping clients to navigate the challenges posed by internet publications by individuals.

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Associates to watch

Alexander Cochrane

Brett Wilson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Since publication, Alexander Cochrane has joined Brett Wilson LLP

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Associates to watch

Rupert Cowper-Coles

RPC

From the Chambers UK guide

Rupert Cowper-Coles is a media litigator with noted experience in advising on disputes related to libel, malicious falsehood, harassment, copyright and data protection. One market source says: "He's a pleasure to work with. He's a really good, analytical lawyer who is charming, good with clients and excellent under pressure."

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Lee & Thompson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very personable and very intelligent" Leo Dawkins is a senior associate who frequently acts for private individuals, as well as film and TV production companies. He provides pre- and post-publication defamation and privacy advice to clients and also acts in phone hacking litigation.

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Associates to watch

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

The "incredibly thorough" Alex Keenlyside of Pinsent Masons possesses substantial experience in advising clients in relation to privacy, harassment, data protection, defamation and malicious falsehood matters. Clients say: "He's pragmatic, sensible and he sees the wood for the trees."

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Associates to watch

Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Timothy Pinto is an expert in defamation, privacy and data protection, with a particular specialisation in user-generated content and cases relating to anonymous publishers. Sources say: "He's an extremely attentive, exceptionally thoughtful lawyer who thinks things through from the commercial side as much as the legal side."

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior associate Louise Prince is praised by sources for her "fantastic attention to detail." She has considerable expertise in advising high-profile individuals and corporate clients in privacy and defamation matters, and also represents claimants in phone hacking litigation.

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