What the team is known for
Operating as an internal intelligence and investigations unit within the firm's wider legal departments, the team at Schillings provides pre-existing and external clients with market-leading open source expertise. The firm regularly provides clients with valuable intelligence as evidence in support of legal claims or to inform legal strategies.
"I don't know how the intelligence team in Schillings actually work but they produce the most amazing reports. They conjured the most amazing open source information and narrowed a thousand pages of useful information into 15 pages of usable information and did it all overnight. It was a miracle, like magic. Schillings were incredibly useful for our case and we found them a dream to work with given they had everything under one roof - uniquely you can use their intelligence team, then their lawyers and comms guys afterwards."
"We have ongoing legal proceedings, and Schillings gave us another perspective. They showed us the weaknesses of the other party and where we should dig more to find more information. They opened us to a new world of possibilities. We never thought that we would need private investigators and that they would be as helpful as they were."
Schillings led Johnny Depp's libel claim against News Group Newspapers, assisting in disclosure, conducting witness preparation and providing the barristers with material to inform and support their cross-examinations. The team maintained evidence files on the sequence of events and investigated the details of these.
is a partner at the firm and holds significant capabilities in open source intelligence techniques. Her practice focuses on both reputational and privacy matters, as well as cross-border litigation and arbitration proceedings.
"Juliet demonstrates the highest level of ethics," says a peer, "and she's spectacular at listening to what the problem is and asking others how they'd solve it, rather than being presumptuous jumping into an investigation. It's almost a joke among the industry now that Juliet will be better prepared than you in a case." Another interviewee adds: "Juliet is superb, diligent and a creative investigator." One impressed lawyer says: "Juliet exudes calm and total serenity; she doesn't seem fazed by anything. Nothing is too difficult, everything is surmountable, there's never too big a problem. That's so reassuring when there's a crisis."
is a former investigative journalist and has recently become a partner at Schillings. Her clients include corporate leaders, government departments and high net worth individuals. Kennett has a proven track record in working on significant arbitration proceedings and in leading open source investigations, and has also been central to the development of the firm's new pro bono offering.
"Lily is someone who really understands the big picture," insists a market insider; "her background as a journalist asks of her what facts are useful and how to evidence those for the client. Lily is remarkably good at assembling those facts into a proper narrative for the benefit of the case." "Lily is very smart and has great expertise in both US and UK markets. She's good at maintaining a sense of calm in stressful situations, and in managing complicated matters," adds an interviewee.