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Mishcon de Reya LLP

Defamation/Reputation Management

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What the team is known for

Respected reputation management practice, underpinned by established private client and family practices. Acts increasingly for corporate entities on reputation management matters in addition to its traditional high net worth clientele. Specialist expertise in all aspects of defamation, privacy and harassment, from sensitive crisis situations to high-profile libel proceedings. Possesses considerable experience in handling cross-jurisdictional disputes. Experienced in dealing with social media risks and cyber brand protection.

Strengths

Respondents note: "Mishcon de Reya's service is excellent. All of their staff are willing to walk the extra mile to guarantee the fullest client satisfaction. Every step they take is client-focused and takes the full picture into consideration."

Sources say that the team "looks at things from a commercial point of view."

Interviewees state: "They are always very prompt and their communication is excellent."

Work highlights

Defended artist Luke Turner in harassment and libel claims brought by two claimants relating to a series of tweets.

Notable practitioners

Emma Woollcott is head of the firm's reputation protection team. She is highly regarded in the market for her significant expertise in acting for an array of high-profile clients on defamation matters.
"Emma Woollcott is always exceptional. She understands issues rapidly and acts decisively and effectively. She has an exceptional network of the right people to speak to." "She is commercial and realistic in her approach and gives sensible, pragmatic counsel."

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Overview

We advise and litigate on all aspects of media and communication law, for both claimants and defendants, including defamation, malicious falsehood, privacy, blackmail, harassment, reporting restrictions, and data protection breaches and compliance.

Never has it been truer that an honoured reputation can be ruined in moments. Shifting societal expectations and increased legal and regulatory obligations have made public scrutiny a reality, even for those who prefer to avoid the spotlight. In this digital era, almost anyone can achieve a global platform and audience, and the means to weaponise adverse content for their own agenda. Quick-fire opinions and misinformation are easy to spread – and difficult to contain.

We have been defending our clients' reputations for decades, both publicly and discreetly. We have wide expertise in tackling and preventing unwarranted attacks, including securing injunctions to prevent the misuse of private information and the spread of fake news, as well as challenging defamatory content and harassing behaviour, and defusing personal and corporate disputes.

We are fast to respond, but we are also keen to pre-empt challenges before they arise, and to ensure our clients' reputations are resilient to attack. We know that the best way to build and protect reputation is to be proactive, to anticipate future challenges and plan for them intelligently.

Members

Woollcott, Emma (Head of Department)

Al-Jibouri, Humam

Eccles-Williams, Harry

Frost, Michael

Julius, Anthony

Libson, James

Linton, Leyla

Piasecka, Isabella

Whiston-Dew, Alexandra

Defamation/Reputation Management

Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Location

Africa House

70 Kingsway

London

Greater London

UK

WC2B 6AH

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Defamation/Reputation Management


Emma Woollcott
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