Media and reputation
The publication of private or inaccurate information can seriously damage reputations. Should the worst happen, our dedicated media law team will act fast, offering effective strategies to limit the damage to your reputation, business, and brand.
Unwanted media attention or the publication of private and confidential information can significantly damage your reputation, impact your privacy and affect your professional position. If the worst should happen, you need an expert strategy in place - immediately.As respected leaders in the field of media law, we are known and recommended for providing robust, pragmatic and holistic advice to business leaders, politicians and celebrities, families and family offices, corporations and charities; ensuring protection of their information, reputation, privacy and brand.
Defending your good nameDefamatory, false and/or malicious allegations can cause you serious harm – our team has vast experience in using legal tools, industry knowledge and long-standing relationships with the media to help you successfully manage reputational risks affecting you, your family or your organization.
We frequently engage in pre-publication advice, assistance and negotiation, applying for emergency injunctions when needed. Containment is key and we utilize relationships with colleagues and contacts worldwide to obtain specialist, local advice and assistance where necessary.
Content published on social media can have an immediate and far-reaching impact. We are well-versed in dealing with online issues and securing remedies, including the removal or correction of inaccurate or otherwise unlawful material and swiftly and successfully dealing with online harassment, bullying and blackmail.
Discretion is key to our approachWe never forget that we are dealing with personal and sensitive issues and we advise our clients with the utmost care, sensitivity and discretion.
How we can help
Reputations can be seriously damaged by defamatory, false and malicious claims. Our lawyers will negotiate, mediate, and arbitrate on your behalf, and represent you in court if required.Court reporting
Justice seen is justice done, but our team of lawyers is ready to advise when media reporting should be restrained and on the applicability of Contempt of Court rules, when appropriate.
Being the victim of harassment, bullying, and / or blackmail is extremely distressing. Our lawyers handle such issues sensitively and will take action to help secure an end to the problem.Managing a media crisis
When facing a media storm, it’s important to act right away. We have a full legal and practical armoury to protect your reputation, brands and privacy – through litigation too, if necessary.
It can be a challenge to protect your privacy on social media and the internet – however, our team is skilled in supporting online abuse victims and helping them to get meaningful results.Preserving your privacy
Privacy has never been at greater risk thanks to social and online media. If the worst happens, our lawyers can help you halt publication of information prior to its unauthorized disclosure.
The late Sir Roger Scruton
We acted for renowned UK philosopher and academic Sir Roger Scruton in his high profile battle against political and cultural magazine, The New Statesman. Following the publication of an article with a number of defamatory remarks and subsequent tweets, Sir Roger was dismissed from his position as Chairman on a government commission. With our advice, the matter culminated in a full published apology from The New Statesman, a separate apology from James Brokenshire MP who dismissed Sir Roger, as well as his reappointment to the government commission, restoring his reputation and life's work.
Leading independent TV production company
Represented Wawa Pictures on two international co-production agreements and advised the company on compliance with IMDA grant terms for the two international co-productions.
Global marketing and advertising agency
Representing a global marketing and advertising agency in coming to a mutual termination agreement with its CEO who has been in service for more than 20 years and assisting the company in compiling a master employment contract template for its APAC region.
We acted for a party whose confidential and commercially sensitive information was unlawfully obtained by an unknown party. We advised on steps taken to expose the wrongdoers and in relation to a potential conspiracy claim.
Statements about a rival business
We defended a business from a claim of defamation and malicious falsehood brought by a competitor business. It is increasingly common for businesses to find themselves in an 'information war' and we can help them ensure that their communications are lawful.
Advising on confidentiality
Working with our employment team, we represented a Middle Eastern national in respect of reputational advice regarding a settlement agreement. This included detailed advice on confidentiality undertakings and ensuring the enforceability of the agreement.
Bringing injunctive proceedings in the UK on behalf of a Middle Eastern businessman
We represented a businessman based in the Middle East in relation to bringing urgent injunctive proceedings against an individual in the UK. The claim included elements of harassment, breach of confidence, misuse of private information and breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998. We successfully obtained undertakings in the form of the Order which we had applied for to stop the campaign of harassment over social media against our client.
Russian client wrongly classified as a politically exposed person
We assisted a Russian client wrongly classified as a politically exposed person ('PEP') working with his German law firm. His incorrect classification led to financial and reputational harm not to mention the delay caused while he was forced to produce substantial due diligence ahead of potential business deals. We liaised with the third-party organisation who had categorized our client as a PEP swiftly to ensure they understood the complexities of the background and the true position. His PEP-status was removed, mitigating the damage caused by clearing up the misreporting and helping them update their records.
Reputation protection during a high profile divorce
During our client's highly sensitive and hard-fought divorce, our Media and Reputation team played a key role to ensure that our client's public reputation was protected in the face of significant media interest. The team also provided counsel on communications from our client, which were required to uphold his rights in balance with the other party's.
Successful financial services senior executive
Withers was called on to act for a well-known managing partner of an international investment firm when his reputation was under threat. Our robust approach to reputation management prevented the filing of false statements in a form U-5 (Uniform Termination Notice for Securities Industry Registration) that would have had a detrimental effect on his future career and earnings.
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