Reputation management

When a high profile board member joins or leaves a company, there is often media speculation about the entry or exit package. There is additional media excitement if the executive wishes to prevent details of his private life becoming public knowledge.  

High-level dismissal, redundancy and discrimination claims make irresistible media fodder. Particularly when the Internet is involved, information anywhere is information everywhere, so a speedy response to stem the flow of information is essential.

Members of our team have acted for many years both for and against the media and employers, in cutting-edge cases involving a broad spectrum of reputation issues, from defamation and contempt to the monitoring and interception of communications, privacy and confidentiality.

Recent work

  • Handling the media affairs of Sir David and Frederick Barclay, their family and companies.
  • Negotiating a number of confidentiality/privacy agreements, and agreements that reputations will not be damaged on either side when individuals join or leave a company.
  • Advising a head teacher on her dismissal from a high-profile school, and on the defamation proceedings against her former consultancy. Our involvement involved obtaining damages, a correction and an apology from the consultancy and from a newspaper that repeated the allegations.
  • Providing clients - senior executives being dismissed over alleged fraud - with guidance on privacy, data protection, harassment, and issues concerning the monitoring and interception of communication.
  • Obtaining injunctions to prevent the disclosure of private and confidential information when the claimant is in the public eye.
  • Preventing the filing of false statements in a form U-5 that would have unfairly impugned the business reputation of a well-known Managing Partner of an international investment firm within the financial services industry.

     

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