Amber Melville-Brown


Amber is a partner in our media and reputation team.

She is a media law specialist operating wherever there is an interface, be it welcome or unwanted, with the media or other organisations and individuals, where she works to protect the reputation and brand, privacy and confidential information of our clients, advising on: defamation, data protection (including ‘the right to be forgotten’ and voicemail interception (i.e. phone-hacking)), harassment and blackmail. She is experienced in making applications for interim injunctive relief where necessary and assists clients through pre and post-publication situations, in negotiation and litigation.

In Spring 2019, Amber was admitted as a New York attorney, having qualified at the New York Bar and obtaining a Masters in US law, specializing in media law and graduating in the top 10% of her law school, magna cum laude. Amber is uniquely placed as a dual-qualified media-specialist and crisis management lawyer, able to practice in both the courts of England and Wales, and New York, to offer our global clients a worldwide service.

Amber’s expertise extends well beyond black letter law and incorporates a more holistic approach, factoring in all aspects of communications and messaging, whether to the media or to her clients, their employees, shareholders, customers or to the public at large. In addition, she provides a 24/7 crisis management service, which enables clients to feel ‘very supported…at this choppy time’.

Amber is the Spear’s Wealth Management Defamation & Reputation Management Lawyer of the Year, 2017. In 2016, she was rated in The Spear’s 500 directory as ‘outstanding in field’ and rated as one of the top UK reputation management lawyers. Chambers and Partners directory 2015 quote clients as saying of her, she is "very supportive and extremely dedicated", she "knows the business inside out" and is praised for her commitment to her clients’ needs. Clients revere Melville-Brown for her empathy, availability and tactfulness, labelling her ‘absolutely outstanding’. Chambers and Partners 2014 describe Amber as ‘friendly and welcoming’ – one client comments ‘you are the lady I look up to’ - ‘incredibly sensible and practical’ and she is praised for her ability to ‘translate difficult legal concepts and then convey them to clients.’ Amber is described by Legal 500 2013 as ‘intelligent, solid, sensible and practical.’

Amber’s clients include heads of state, members of Parliament, high profile individuals in the arts, sports and music industries, professionals and entrepreneurs, family offices, charities and companies. Increasingly her clients are seeking advice on online publications, including on social media sites including Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. That said, the nature of Amber’s work in privacy and reputation means that she and her team are discreet with our clients’ identities information as you would expect.

Amber is a respected author on media matters. She was one of the longest standing columnists for the professional magazine, the Law Society Gazette and has gone on to write articles and provide commentary for national and international newspapers as well as specialist titles and online sites where she is regularly invited to comment on media law issues. She is also regularly invited to speak at events on social media and traditional media, reputation and privacy related matters.

During her time as deputy head of the litigation and arbitration team, assisted in the management of the department through its most significant period of growth, as it broadened its international reach and range of services.

Amber is Withers’ corporate social responsibility partner, responsible for overseeing the firm’s CSR activities, initiatives and policies.

Секретарь Laura Gosheff


Reactive and robust reputational management, Invaluable guidance and support. In depth knowledge of this area of work. Early warning of possible media activity. Compassion and support on a personal level which gave me confidence.

Joy Youart - Healthcare Consultant

Amber and her team are very responsive in demanding situations and work calmly and efficiently, with great skill and care.

General Counsel, Private Investment Office

On the media side, which was a difficult experience, Amber Melville-Brown was brilliant. She handled the press brilliantly, extremely speedily and always professionally.

Belinda Steiner

I thank you once again for the incredible job done so far. I clearly feel it was the right thing to do, and clearly you were the right person to contact. I truly thank you and all your team for the tremendous work.


‘She puts her clients first and has amazingly good judgement. She gives good, realistic advice and she is hugely understanding.’

Chambers UK 2018, London

Amber Melville-Brown is the head of the firm’s media and reputation group. Amber is “very good and very experienced,” she acts for professionals, politicians, heads of business and organisations in defamation and breach of privacy issues. She has also represented broadcasters and publishers. ‘Amber is very good and is one of those people who everybody likes.’

Chambers HNW 2017

She has a very sharp and bright mind, she keeps a very open mind and she looks for the most pragmatic solution. Amber is efficient and fast and looks to find common ground and compromise.

Chambers HNW 2018, London

Amber is commended for her excellent client care and practical instincts.

Legal 500 UK, 2018

Amber Melville-Brown is one of the most skilled defamation lawyers that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

Chambers HNW, 2021

Amber is approachable, knowledgeable, and can translate the intricacies of UK law perfectly to US clients.

Chambers HNW, 2021

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Friday afternoons are often the busiest in the world of crisis management. It is not unusual for reporters to call the subjects of their articles at the eleventh hour before publication, and for the Sunday papers, this can mean leaving this until late on Friday. We gear up into crisis mode at very short notice to stop the papers printing private information about our clients. While each and every time is different, media management like this is ‘bread and butter’ for our team.

Hell hath no fury like a partner scorned and our top-ranked family team are no strangers to the troubles and strife that can happen at the end of married life. It is sadly the case that we often get involved when one half of the couple launches a campaign of harassment against their former partner, or where a spurned lover resorts to blackmail.

We are still actively pursuing phone hacking cases for our clients; naturally these remain highly confidential.

England and Wales, 1995

New York Supreme Court, First Division, 2019

What the Johnny Depp battle tells us about Slapps,’ The Times - March 31, 2022, authored

The Law Society of England and Wales

New York State Bar

New York City Bar

‘NetDiligence, privacy and the right to be forgotten in Europe’, guest speaker - June 2015

Minerva, Female Focus, guest panel speaker - May 2015

В двух словах о себе

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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