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What the team is known for Based in London, The PHA Group provides clients a comprehensive suite of services ranging from media training to content creation, and from monitoring to media relationships. Sources attest to the agency's particular skill in handling communication strategies for high-profile figures facing litigation proceedings.
Strengths"They are a firm that has some very good operators. We've done a number of things with them - they're fantastic acting for an individual and also capable of being very good for a company."
"PHA are very experienced and well connected. They've built up a good team and have people handling both crisis and litigation work."
Work highlights Advised Cliff Richard throughout his High Court victory against the BBC.
Neil McLeod is a widely recognised practitioner who can draw on his experience as a former executive on three national newspapers. A market insider observes: "Neil has a wealth of experience from his days as a reporter, which really helps in giving us the practicalities on how to move forward a case." "He's great, I'd hire him tomorrow," says a competitor; "he has a lot of that celebrity and tabloid litigation work because he's really good at it, and is such a nice guy too."
Phil Hall is the founder and chair of the agency. "I was very impressed," says an interviewee; "it comes across that he really understands how papers work. He's very well connected." Another source adds: "Phil is one of the senior statesmen in the PR industry. Everyone knows him."