Taylor Wessing LLP

Defamation/Reputation Management: High Net Worth Department

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Taylor Wessing acts for several high-profile clients in defamation and libel matters. "They are completely top-notch in all respects - they have a brilliant, top team," a lawyer reports. One of the firm's peers remarks: "I think that they have a good offering for HNW clients. We would consider them in a conflict situation."

The firm's efficiency is commented on by several interviewees, with one saying: "They are the most efficient, hands-on legal team I have ever worked with. They devise effective strategies at speed and are always available out of hours." An industry insider enthuses: "They are extremely impressive. Their availability and very swift responses makes them a real pleasure to work with. They are decisive, informative and, most importantly of all, are extremely good at explaining things to the layman."

Notable practitioners

Michael Yates
is praised by a commentator as "absolutely outstanding." He advises affluent clients on reputation management issues including defamation, privacy and data protection. "He looks around corners for clients and spots difficulties before they arise. He is extremely personable and he can work with any client in any situation. He is extremely smart," comments one interviewee.Another source notes:"His no-nonsense approach and the tone of the letters that he writes distinguish him from many other lawyers. He writes in a way that makes clients feel that he is acting firmly in their best interests, and the speed with which he turns letters and documents around is quite extraordinary."

Niri Shan
is "an absolute star in this field" and "one of the best solicitors in the country," according to sources. He has a wealth of experience advising high net worth individuals on high-profile defamation and reputation management matters. "Niri is just a brilliant lawyer," one PR consultant says, adding: "It is very unusual to encounter someone like Niri who is very much a peacemaker. He can handle complex cases with such finesse, and what I like about him, and why I often choose him, is that he will quietly broker away a difficulty - he is a very, very smooth resolution achiever." A commentator says: "He never panics, he quickly understands the issue, and he always has ideas on how to solve the problems. He has a very calming influence with clients."