06 June 2022 - Article
Racing Point UK Limited - Advised the team at Racing Point UK Limited on the many and varied communications and media-related issues arising out of their successful and landmark acquisition of the business and assets of Force India.
Food production company – Provided litigation support advice and assistance to client engaged in a cross-border, multi-jurisdiction dispute, including advice on false and damaging allegations, their impact on reputation and brand when reported in various jurisdictions, crisis management and communication issues to deliver proper and accurate messaging to staff, customers and financial institutions.
International manufacturing and distribution company – Advised international business engaged in litigation, on media and communications related issues, including urgently and across a number of international jurisdictions and time-zones; preparing reactive statements for internal use with employees, external facing communications for professional associates, customers and industry colleagues, and reactive media statements concerning the litigation.
Prominent European family based in US – Undertook a detailed reputational audit for a member of a prominent European family member in conjunction with and to assist with various business and formal engagements.
International film director - Advised renowned international film director in respect of defamation, privacy and reputation related issues, obtaining successful conclusions to the various matters in a sensitive and discreet manner.
Financial professional – Advised high-flying professional in the financial world in respect of the media and reputation related issues arising out of false accusations made in the employment sphere, including advice in respect of all communications with employer, partners, clients, third parties, mainstream media including British newspaper of record, other media organisations, social media matters and online issues, assisting the proper communication of accurate information and dealing with or remedying false and inaccurate publications.
International organisation – Provided urgent and extensive crisis management and pre-publication advice and assistance, media engagement and communications advice across a number of international jurisdictions and time-zones, to international organisation in respect of enquiries by a major American newspaper of record.
UHNW individual – Provided media and reputation advice to client in respect of inaccurate and damaging worldwide publications, engaging with mainstream media and social media platforms to provide accurate information and seek clarifications and corrections. Provided litigation support and litigation advice concerning the disclosure of attorney privileged and confidential information.
HNW individual – Provided traditional and social media advice and representation in connection with harassment and copyright infringement by a non-media third-party, dealing with the unlawful publication of information and misinformation, and concluding the campaign of harassment.
Food industry client – Provided urgent and extensive 24-hour advice and assistance to client unwittingly embroiled in high-profile event requiring regulatory, political, reputational employment, media, criminal and crisis management advice.
Businessman – Advised and successfully represented client in respect of damaging due diligence reports which were inaccurate and out of date.
Corporate client – Represented and engaged pre-publication on behalf of client in respect of whom misinformation had been provided to a magazine with a wide reach, engaging urgently before the press deadline to correct misinformation, assisting the reporter and magazine and ensuring that the readership was not misled.
Medical professional – Provided pre-broadcast advice and representation in respect of upcoming documentary, including engagement with the broadcaster and production company in response to queries raised, and assisting with the communication of accurate information and messaging.
Crypto – Advised client in the crypto space in connection with accusations and publications by third parties, litigation by third parties, and media reporting of the same.
UHNW individual - Provided strategic communications advice in response to threats by hostile third parties, including in the drafting of reactive Q&A, key messages, key responses, reactive statements, communications to third parties associated with our client.
Member of the House of Lords – Provided reputation and communications advice to client in respect of threatened seriously damaging, baseless allegations.
British non-profit – Advised animal welfare charity in respect of communications, reputation and defamation related issues arising out of threats to publish false allegations, by third parties.
Sports federation – Provided reputation advice and media assistance to major international sports federation.
England and Wales, 1995
New York Supreme Court, First Division, 2019
‘Prince Andrew’s sex attack accuser Virginia Giuffre is working with Monica Lewinsky’s PR & ‘may do Oprah interview’,’ The Sun - June27, 2022, quoted
‘Meghan, Harry Conspiracy Article Promoted by Twitter in Breach of Ad Policy,’ Newsweek - June 14, 2022, quoted
‘‘It isn’t about politics – it’s about money’: will Hollywood take Johnny Depp back?,’ The Guardian - June 11, 2022, quoted
‘Judge or jury: the Johnny Depp trials in two jurisdictions,’ The Times - June 9, 2022, quoted
‘Depp Snatches American Victory From the English Jaws of Defeat,’ Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal - June 3, 2022, author
‘Johnny Depp Flipped the Script With His Defamation Trial Victory,’ The Hollywood Reporter - June 3, 2022, quoted
‘Johnny Depp Won His Defamation Suit Against Amber Heard. So What Happens Now?,’ USA Today - June 2, 2022, quoted
‘Amber Heard’s ‘Credibility in Tatters’ After Losing Depp Trial — Legal Expert,’ Newsweek - June 2, 2022, quoted
‘Depp-Heard trial verdict: jury rules in favor of Johnny Depp,’ The Guardian - June 1, 2022, quoted
‘The Divorce Case That Never Was’: The First Week In The Depp v. Heard Trial,’ The Guardian - April 23, 2022, quoted
‘Leaders List interview: 60 seconds with Amber Melville-Brown Withers,’ Citywealth - April 5, 2022, quoted
‘What the Johnny Depp battle tells us about Slapps,’ The Times - March 31, 2022, authored
‘How Meghan Markle Could Escape Her Sister’s Libel Lawsuit,’ Newsweek - March 22, 2022, quoted
‘Why Meghan Markle’s Sister’s Twitter Account Was Suspended,’ Newsweek - March 15, 2022, quoted
‘Meghan Markle’s Rift With Bullying Accusation Aide at Center of New Lawsuit,’_ Newsweek - March 8, 2022, quoted
‘Queen Under Pressure Over Whether She Helped With Prince Andrew Payoff,’ MSN - February 16, 2022, quoted
‘Prince Andrew’s payout to Virginia Giuffre ‘is worth its weight in gold’ for Queen,’ The Times - February 16, 2022 quoted
‘Prince Andrew Sex Abuse Settlement ‘Worth its Weight in Gold’ to the Queen,’ Newsweek - February 16, 2022, quoted
‘Prince Andrew told to stay out of public eye as his reputation ‘damaged beyond repair’,’ Express - February 15, 2022, quoted
‘Virginia Giuffre ‘to be banned from speaking publicly about Prince Andrew sex claims until after the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations under terms of settlement with the Duke,’ Daily Mail - February 15, 2022, quoted
‘Now Cast Out of Royal Life, Prince Andrew’s Legal Battle Is Likely ‘His Full-time Job,’ According to an Expert,’_ Insider - January 18, 2022, quoted
‘What’s next for Prince Andrew, cast out into the royal wilderness?,’ Washington Post - January 15, 2022, quoted
‘Finding calm in the storm: dealing with a professional crisis can be life changing,’_ Withers Insight - January 13, 2022, co-author
‘Reputation experts say Prince Andrew’s public image ‘damaged beyond repair’ after latest court ruling,’ International Business Times - January 13, 2022, quoted
‘Meghan Markle has laid the ground for tearing up the Human Rights Act,’ The Times - January 13, 2022, authored
‘Why Ghislaine Maxwell Witness May Have ‘Powerful and Credible’ Prince Andrew Evidence,’ Newsweek - January 12, 2022, quoted
‘Prince Andrew’s reputation is damaged beyond repair,’ Daily Mail - January 12, 2022, quoted
‘Prince Andrew’s Bid to Sink Epstein Lawsuit ‘Too Close to Call’ as Hearing Looms,’ Newsweek - January 4, 2022, quoted
‘Prince Andrew’s court D-Day today as judge decides if case is to go ahead,’ Express - January 4, 2022, quoted
‘Royals hope for jubilee reset after tumultuous 12 months,’ CNN - December 31, 2021, quoted
‘Prince Andrew’s legal team defiant despite Ghislaine Maxwell verdict,’ The Times - December 30, 2021, quoted
‘Meghan’s letter to father: Mail on Sunday loses appeal in privacy case,’ The Times - December 2, 2021, quoted
‘Meghan Markle’s Privacy Ordeal Could Drag on As Tabloid Eyes Supreme Court Appeal,’ Newsweek - December 2, 2021, quoted
‘Does Meghan Markle’s Court Apology Mean She Will Lose Her Case?,’ The List - November 17, 2021, quoted
‘What can Prince Andrew do now that the lawsuit is official?,’ The Times - September 27, 2021, quoted
‘Two of Queen Elizabeth’s Sons are Facing Growing Pressure,’ CNN.com - September 17, 2021, quoted
‘The civil suit against Prince Andrew has wider implications for the British royal family,’ CNN - August 13, 2021, quoted
‘Johnny Depp: Through the Looking Glass of Libel Suits on Both Sides of the Atlantic,’ Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal - August 11, 2021, quoted
‘Prince Andrew Travels Half-Length of Britain for Talks With Queen After Lawsuit,’ Newsweek - August 11, 2021, quoted
‘‘Game over’? Prince Andrew faces no good options in NY lawsuit by Jeffrey Epstein accuser,’ USA Today - August 11, 2021, quoted
‘Prince Andrew Lawsuit Over Jeffrey Epstein Is ‘Game Over’ for Queen’s Son, Lawyer Says,’ Newsweek - August 10, 2021
‘Britney Spears’s Conservatorship Dispute Raises Questions,’ Private Wealth - July 19, 2021, author
‘Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Fight Shows the Power of Reputation,’ WealthManagement.com - July 15, 2021, author
‘Dealing with the publicity of a family feud - a modern way of thinking when it comes to the media,’ Withers Insight - July 9, 2021, author
‘As Her Conservatorship Remains in Place, Britney Spears’ Lawyer Samuel Ingham III Resigns,’ Forbes - July 6, 2021, quoted
‘Britney Spears’ #FreeBritney Fans Feel Validated by Her Speech. But Can They Make a Difference?,’ USA Today - June 30, 2021, quoted
‘Britney Spears Is Far From the First to Learn Family and Fame Can Be a Fraught Combination,’ CNN.com - June 24, 2021, quoted
‘Britney Spears Speaks at Conservatorship Hearing: Here’s What We Know,’ USA Today - June 24, 2021, quoted
‘BBC’s Eriksen broadcast stepped over the privacy line,’ The Times - June 24, 2021, author
‘The Campaign to #Freebritney Sparked Pop Culture’s Biggest Mystery. Will She Give Fans the Answers in Court?,’ CNN.com - June 22, 2021, quoted
‘When Your Reputation is Attacked, Never Complain and Never Explain,’ Wealthmanagement.com - June 15, 2021, author
‘How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Lilibet Baby Name Led to Knife-Edge Legal Standoff,’ Newsweek - June 10, 2021, quoted
‘Motorsport boss turned privacy campaigner Mosley dies at 81,’ The Times - May 25, 2021, quoted
‘How Prince Harry’s First Amendment Comments Left Red America ‘Raging Mad’,’ Newsweek - May 24, 2021, quoted
‘How Meghan Markle Photos With Archie Could Lead to First U.S. Tabloid Lawsuit,’ Newsweek - April 27, 2021, quoted
‘Charity begins at Cuthbert’s home — An update on Colin v. Cuthbert,’ Withers Insight, April 21, 2021, author
‘Colin v. Cuthbert — A tale of two caterpillar reputations,’ Withers Insight - April 21, 2021, author
‘Tabloid’s Appeal Over Meghan Markle’s Private Letter ‘Could Really Happen,’ Lawyers Say,’ Newsweek - March 23, 2021, quoted
‘Meghan, Harry and the Importance of Crisis Management,’ WealthManagement.com - March 18, 2021, author
‘Queen Elizabeth Responds To Harry and Meghan’s Oprah Interview, Will Address Allegations ‘Privately’,’ USA Today - March 9, 2021, quoted
‘Meghan Markle awarded £450,000 in legal costs from Mail On Sunday after ‘comprehensive win’,’ Yahoo! - March 2, 2021, quoted
‘Duchess Meghan wins legal fees from tabloid in privacy lawsuit; judge rejects publisher’s appeal,’ USA Today - March 2, 2021, quoted
‘It only takes a minute,’ Intellectual Property Magazine - February 26, 20212, author
‘Meghan Markle could face appeal by tabloid after privacy win, experts say,’ Newsweek - February 11, 2021, quoted
‘Meghan wins claim against Mail on Sunday over letter to Thomas Markle,’ The Times - February 11, 2021, quoted
‘Markle wins privacy fight with tabloid over letter to father,’ Bloomberg Law - February 11, 2021, quoted
‘Meghan Markle wins court case over ‘personal and private’ letter,’ Yahoo! - February 11, 2021, quoted
‘‘Illegal and dehumanizing’: Meghan Markle wins lawsuit against UK tabloid over privacy violation,’ National Post - February 11, 2021, quoted
‘Harry’s case shows you should be careful with court statements,’ The Times - February 11, 2021, author
‘Amber Melville-Brown comments on Trump being banned from Twitter after Capitol siege,’ Withers Insight - January 22, 2021, quoted
‘Donald Trump’s tweets turn focus to social media responsibility after Capitol siege,’ The Times - January 14, 2021, quoted
‘Libel law through the looking glass – learning lessons from Johnny Depp’s UK and US litigation,’ Withers Insight - December 1, 2020, author
‘Meghan Markle’s Bid to Stop Court Grilling on Private Life ‘Hopeless’,’ Lawyers Say Newsweek - November 7, 2020, quoted
‘Johnny Depp Libel Defeat Spells Trouble for Meghan Markle’s Tabloid Lawsuit,’ Newsweek - November 2, 2020, quoted
‘Johnny Depp verdict: Actor beat ex-wife Amber Heard 12 TIMES, judge rules as The Sun wins libel case trial,’ The Sun - November 2, 2020, quoted
‘Johnny Depp will lose even if he wins, media lawyer claims,’ The Times - November 2, 2020, quoted
‘Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are taking legal action against 4 different media outlets, but experts believe their efforts will backfire,’ Business Insider - September 11, 2020, quoted
‘Paparazzi Are ‘Patrolling’ For Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Montecito,’ Newsweek - August 20, 2020, quoted
‘Photos Taken in Secret of Baby Archie Published in German Magazine,’ Newsweek - August 1, 2020, quoted
‘Trump Trumped: President Trump faces both state and family privates being put on parade as two injunction applications fail,’ Withers Insight - July 27, 2020, co-author
‘The American Actress, the English Duchess, and the Privacy Litigation,’ NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal - June 2, 2020, author
‘Royal Tragedy: Meghan Markle DESTROYING Relationship With Dad Amid Big Legal Battle,’ Enstars - May 14, 2020, featured
‘Legal Expert: Meghan Markle’s Privacy Lawsuit Could Lead To Big Father-Daughter Showdown In Court,’ The Mix Net - May 14, 2020, featured
‘Meghan Markle’s Privacy Lawsuit Could Lead to ‘Big Battle’ Against Her Father in Court, Legal Expert Says,’ Fox News - May 14, 2020, quoted
‘‘Life and law go on’: How attorneys are working through New York City’s lockdown,’ Spear’s - May 12, 2020, author
‘Reporting with accuracy in the midst of the coronavirus,’ Withers Insight - April 27, 2020, co-author
‘Crisis brings out the Best in New York Lawyers,’ The Times - April 16, 2020, author
‘Novel Coronavirus raises novel brand issues - 5 pointers to reputation protection,’ Withers Insight - March 19, 2020, author
‘Philanthropic Lessons From Marie Osmond,’ WealthManagement.com - March 17, 2020, author
‘The prices and prizes of becoming dual qualified,’ The Times - February 27, 2020, author
‘And the winner is? Celebrity media should come with a warning label,’ Withers Insight - February 27, 2020, co-author
‘A New Member – a New Legal Adventure,’ New York City Bar - February 27, 2020, author
‘When Harry met his ancestors, on the way to the law courts: Volume II,’ Inforrm - November 8, 2019, author
‘When Harry met his ancestors, on the way to the law courts: Volume I,’ Inforrm - November 7, 2019, author
‘Meghan Markle may have leaked the contents of her own letter even before her dad gave it to the Mail on Sunday,’ Insider - October 10, 2019, quoted
‘Why did Prince Harry and Meghan choose now to sue the newspapers?,’ The Times - October 10, 2019, quoted
‘Courting more controversy: How Harry and Meghan could face ‘the privacy trial of the century’,’ Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - October 6, 2019, quoted
‘Why Prince Harry and Meghan are right to take newspaper to court,’ The Times - October 4, 2019, author
‘Prince Harry and Meghan break tradition by choosing aggressive law firm to sue newspaper,’ The Times - October 3, 2019, quoted
‘The Royal Precedents that could Decide Meghan Markle’s Legal Battle,’ Spear’s - October 3, 2019
‘Pink Feeling Blue About Social Media,’ Private Wealth - April 29, 2019, author
UK privacy chapter in the Bloomberg News International Libel & Privacy Handbook alongside specialist lawyers from across the world
‘Privacy Protections - luxury goods or essential commodity,’ International Bar Association’s Media Law & Ethics in the 21st Century - 2014
The Law Society of England and Wales
New York State Bar
New York City Bar
‘Legal issues faced by founders, entrepreneurs, executives and wealthy family members amid the coronavirus outbreak,’ Withers webinar - April 17, 2020, speaker
‘NetDiligence, privacy and the right to be forgotten in Europe’, guest speaker - June 2015
Minerva, Female Focus, guest panel speaker - May 2015
Young Norwood, guest introductory speaker - November 2014
RPSCA, Brighton, Legacy Dos and Don’ts - August 2014, speaker
American Family Association Conference, New York - April 2014, speaker
Marsh Family Office Risk Seminar - November 2013, speaker
Reputation and crisis management, STEP Zurich conference - October 2013
‘Reputation Matters…for Professionals’, presentation to ILAS - May 2012
Family Office Conference, Handling the Media in the Family Court - January 2012
‘I’m a celebrity, get me some privacy’, Young Norwood - July 2010, speaker
‘Steering the right course - ensuring your NHS charity is well placed to manage through challenging times’, Association of NHS Charities - March 2010, speaker
Me in a minute
Words have been the mainstay of my professional life
‘Words, words, words,’ answers Shakespeare’s Hamlet when asked what it is that he is reading. Words have been the mainstay of my professional life: words that hurt and defame my clients; words to provide an antidote to the poison administered by an attacker, in print or online; words to litigate and negotiate; words to communicate to the public and to teach to others, my passion for media law.
Robert Browning’s words have also stayed with me throughout my professional - and personal - life: ‘Ah, but a man’s aim should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for’. We must always strive to achieve the best, and more, for ourselves and, in my professional life, for my clients. I am deeply aware that in my line of business - where a client may be facing an unwanted expose in a national newspaper, an anonymous attack on social media, or battling against a campaign of harassment or blackmail - that it is a very stressful and distressing time, and while the legal problem must be solved, a human must at the same time be saved. I am enormously proud therefore, that clients routinely commend me for easing the burden in such potentially stressful times, for providing sensible, practical advice.
In my role as the firm’s corporate social responsibility partner, I have instigated a system across the firm of charity of the year best to be able to focus the initiatives of the firm’s office to various charities chosen by our offices (London/Europe; USA; and Asia). During my time, my fundraising activities have included confining myself to a wheelchair to gain first-hand experience of living with a major disability for 48 hours and was part of the firms ‘Snowdon Push Challenge’ team consisting of 13 Withers employees who braved Mount Snowdon having previously taken part in the gruelling ‘Three Peaks’ challenge.
In addition to my private practice, I have taught media law at the College of Law - which gave me such a good start in my legal career - writing and teaching its professional skills media course and becoming its external examiner for media; I have also taught media law at the London School of Economics.
I write regularly on media law issues, and this is a great passion of mine seeking to show the human face of we lawyers to the public and to present our field in an interesting, educational and entertaining way. So we come back full circle to my love of ‘words, words, words’ which I suspect will always remain.
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