Defamation/Reputation Management Department

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What the team is known for Highly respected claimant practice, offering longstanding expertise in defamation and privacy along with a variety of other innovative reputation management services. Acts for high-profile media and entertainment stars, large corporates, retailers and high net worth individuals. Additional risk consulting, cybersecurity and intelligence-gathering capabilities allow the firm to advise on the full ambit of reputational issues that clients face.

Strengths One client reports: "Schillings has extensive cyber, media and communications legal experience and a strong understanding of the need to protect corporate reputation. The firm has a wealth of highly experienced partners who understand the challenges of cyber, digital and media issues facing organisations. Having these functions under one roof makes it easier for Schillings to provide a seamless service to organisations."

Another interviewee says: "They are a brilliant team. They get onto issues immediately and send options and draft legal letters extremely quickly. They are a very reliable backstop for us if the going gets tough. They are very easy to work with and great to bounce ideas off."

A client adds: "They absolutely know their field inside out and are incredibly responsive."

Work highlights Acted for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a claim against Associated Newspapers for misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of data protection rights.

Notable practitioners

Jenny Afia
specialises in acting for high net worth individuals across a range of industry sectors on reputation management issues. She is noted for her experience advising on both pre- and post-publication concerns.
"Jenny is always available and has incredible experience and amazing intuition. She is the best lawyer we have worked with.""A really competent lawyer who is very personable and very good with clients."

Keith Schilling
is chair of the firm and possesses extensive experience acting for high-profile individuals in significant libel proceedings.
"Keith is wise and very supportive." "A real expert in this field who always does super high-profile work."

Magnus Boyd
is well known in the market for his experience acting for high net worth businesses and individuals on privacy and defamation matters. He advises clients from around the world on managing unwanted media attention.
"He is brilliant. He is very calm and will look at every possible angle but can fight for his client if he needs to." "A very high-calibre practitioner."

Rachel Atkins
is well regarded for her experience handling a wide range of reputation management and privacy matters. She frequently acts on behalf of high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and family businesses.
"She's so fantastic at her job and nothing fazes her. She's highly experienced, very intelligent and gets the point very quickly." "She is very proactive and gives sound advice."

Rod Christie-Miller
is recognised for advising a wide range of high-profile clients on an array of substantial defamation and privacy matters. He is also the firm's CEO.
"Rod's clients adore him - they trust and rely on him. He's seen it all before and is integral to the success of Schillings."