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Bell Yard

PR & Communications

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What the team is known for

Bell Yard is a market-leading litigation PR boutique with a long-established presence in London. The firm represents defendants and claimants across a range of case types and sectors. Its services include media risk assessment, dispute profiling and public relations connected to trial, among others.

Strengths

"They are a proactive, personable, but also professional outfit that always puts us at ease with the media. They have a flawless record of shaping the media message in very difficult circumstances. They don’t shy away from tackling aggressive media attacks with pre-emptive and reactive poise and tact."

"They are very calm and pick things up very quickly. When you are trying to communicate novel points to the press or other media, it is helpful to have them."

Notable practitioners

Melanie Riley is a co-founder and director of Bell Yard Communications. She is instructed by corporate clients, law firms, barristers' chambers, charities and high net worth individuals in disputes ranging from white-collar crime to matrimonial matters. "She's very familiar with the dynamic of how litigation works and the role of PR in that," says an interviewee, while another source adds: "She is incredibly responsive and quick to pick up on particular issues. She plays a really calm hand and can summarise or process matters within a few minutes with a positive spin."

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