Reputation management

Divorce, the associated financial arrangements and proceedings regarding children involve the disclosure of highly sensitive and private information.

The Ministry of Justice's decision to open up the family Courts to the press from April 2009 gives the potential for greater intrusion into the circumstances of relationship breakdown. Our Reputation Management team is on hand to assist us with applications to exclude the media or restrict what they are able to report.

We try to ensure that the media does not publish private information, if necessary by going to court at short notice to obtain an injunction. Our team's knowledge of and relationships with lawyers working for the press has also proved invaluable in obtaining a swift and sensible solution for our clients.

If private or defamatory material is published, the Reputation Management team can advise on the appropriate action to take to reduce any damage. This could involve expedited demands for corrections, apologies and damages, seeking relief via the media regulators or High Court proceedings.

Our reputation management work

  • Regular negotiations with national press to prevent the publication of articles containing private and sensitive information that might damage divorce proceedings or harm children and family members.
  • An emergency injunction to prevent private and sensitive information concerning a high profile businessman and his family emerging in the case of financial proceedings on divorce.
  • Negotiating confidentiality/privacy agreements, and agreements between divorcing couples to protect the reputations of each during and after the proceedings.
  • Negotiating publication agreements with the media to ensure that our clients are not constrained to their detriment in discussing, should they wish, their divorce proceedings in order best to enhance and protect their reputation and to counter adverse publicity.
  • Obtaining corrections, apologies, damages and undertakings in respect of defamatory and inaccurate publications and those which unjustifiably invade privacy.


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