The Defamation team, led by Partner Jayne Clemens, is known for advising clients with utmost sensitivity and discretion working alongside senior directors and leaders to swiftly deal with matters. We often continue to work seamlessly with in-house communications teams and external public relations agencies to minimise and further reputational harm.
We act on high profile, complex matters and legal disputes, which are often sensitive in nature. We represent large national and international businesses, landed estates, larger organisations such as international charities, NHS trusts, universities and multi-academy trusts and publishers.
We have extensive experience advising on all areas of reputation management, including defamation, breach of copyright, procurement challenges, misuse of confidential information, data protection breaches, privacy issues, harassment and pre-publication issues.
We act swiftly to remove defamatory content and/or private information from social media platforms, web pages and across the wider international and national media (online and hard copy). Where necessary, we work with our clients to swiftly bring claims in the High Court.
We advise on injunctive relief for misuse of confidential information and breach of restrictive covenants. We also assist to manage press during high court litigation.
Our client relationships are such that we are often seen as an extension of our client teams such that we are the first port of call when a problem arises. We work hard to ensure that we know our clients’ business and understand the impact of any given issue.
Assisting a very large business to counteract a sustained attack across media including trade press
Advising an international high net worth individual on managing press during lengthy and high profile high court litigation
Advising a large business on the removal of material from social media including Meta and TikTok
Assisting ultra-high net worth individuals in the technology sector to manage their private reputation and limit any adverse impact on their business matters
Defending a very large high profile international charity to defend alleged defamatory statements made to raise the profile of its work both in respect of international and national claims
Assisting a large national public organisation to manage all reputational matters and press issues
Assisting landed estates to deal with adverse press and social media posts due to the sale of land/planning matters
Advising a large NHS Trust on an urgent procurement challenge and the reputational fall out including defamatory press statements and adverse publications on social media
Advising a large multi-academy trust on a large data breach