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Partners: Nick Brett, Iain Wilson, Max Campbell, Chris Corney, Tom Double

The Firm
Specialist media law and litigation firm. The firm acts predominantly for high profile individuals, professionals, HNWIs and SMEs, but also counts charities, trade bodies, a Premier League football club, local authorities and other public bodies amongst its clients which include the Law Society and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.  

Principle Areas of Work
The firm boasts a renowned media and communications law department that specialises in defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection (with a particular focus on online publications). This work is predominantly, but not exclusively, claimant-focused. The firm is also well-known for its privately-funded criminal defence work (including serious fraud), regulatory/disciplinary work, asset forfeiture, litigation (with a focus on civil fraud), commercial and corporate dispute work as well as its growing family law practice.

Defamation: The firm acted in two of the most important cases involving online publication: The Law Society & Ors v Kordowski [2011] EWHC 3185 (QB) (successful action on behalf of the legal profession to close down the infamous website Solicitors from Hell), Tamiz v Google Inc [2013] EWCA Civ 68 (established that Google Inc could be liable as a publisher in relation to material posted on its Blogger platform). Recent libel successes at trial include Morgan v Times Newspapers Ltd [2019] EWHC 1525 (QB) (a barrister accused of negligent failings in the prosecution of cricketer Ben Stokes), Suttle v Walker [2019] EWHC 396 (QB) (a Facebook hate campaign), Singh v Weayou [2017] EWHC 2102 (QB) (a false and defamatory workplace complaint) Guise v Shah [2017] EWHC 1689 (QB) (an attack website arising from a business dispute) and Blackledge v Persons Unknown [2021] EWHC 1994 (an anonymous blog set up to defame a senior academic). Recent defendant successes include Riley & Anor v Heybroek [2020] EWHC 1259 (QB) (a claim brought by two celebrities concerning a Twitter dispute) and Wright v Ver [2020] EWCA Civ 672 (a claim brought by a man claiming to have invented Bitcoin).

Privacy:
The firm acts for individuals seeking to prevent the unauthorised disclosure of confidential/private information or seeking redress following infringements. Cases are brought against the press and individuals. The firm is known for its pioneering work tackling ‘revenge porn’. Recent successes include JQL v NTP [2020] EWHC 1349 (QB) (a claim arising from the publication of private information on Facebook) and GUH v KYT [2021] EWHC 1854 (QB) (a privacy injunction against a sex worker).

Data Protection: The firm has long been instructed in respect of data protection issues as a complementary practice to its defamation and privacy work. Over recent years the firm has acted for a large number of individuals, including many high-profile figures/business leaders, seeking to enforce their data protection rights against search engines such as Google LLC (‘the right to be forgotten’/‘right to erasure’) and due-diligence databases. The firm has been at the forefront of the development of the law in this area and its partners are regularly asked to provide expert comment to the media and legal press.

Harassment:
Examples include QRS v Beach [2014] EWHC 3319 (QB) (representative proceedings brought by a chairman on behalf of the workforce against a disgruntled former client) and similar proceedings brought on behalf of a local authority. Suttle and Blackledge as above, were brought as both defamation and harassment claims.

Committal:

The firm brings and defends High Court committal proceedings. Recent examples include Galloway v Ali-Khan [2018] EWHC 780 (QB) (failure by the respondent to comply with undertakings to the court).

Regulatory/Disciplinary:
The firm advises professionals in investigations brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, General Medical Council and General Dental Council. It also represents companies and individuals in investigations conducted by the Financial Conduct Authority, Trading Standards and other regulatory bodies. The firm acted for the successful appellant in the landmark case of Beckwith v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2020] EWHC 3231 (Admin), in which the Court provided guidance on the regulation of professionals’ private lives.

Criminal Defence:
The firms’ expertise in this area is reflected in the broad nature of its private practice. Typical clients are professionals or high-profile individuals facing prosecution for the first (and probably only) time in their lives, for whom the prospect of a criminal record and the ensuing stigma can sometimes be more significant than any sentence. The firm has particular expertise in dealing with highly sensitive allegations of a sexual nature. Recent successes include Mohammed v R. [2021] EWCA Crim 766, the 750th referral by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

NCA and asset forfeiture:
The firm deals with claims brought by the NCA under both parts 5 and 6 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (ie property freezing orders and civil recovery orders in the High Court). It has been involved in many of the most high-profile cases in this field (see, for example, Sanam v National Crime Agency [2015] WLR 2015, National Crime Agency v Saleh [2018] EWHC 1012).

Serious fraud (criminal):
The firm is regularly instructed in connection with allegations of serious fraud including bribery and corruption. Recent cases include the largest ever crypto-currency fraud and a corporate defendant being prosecuted by the SFO for corruption extra-territorially.

Civil fraud:
The firm acts for both claimants and defendants. It has been involved in various civil fraud claims before the Chancery Division for misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt, as well as claims under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. High profile examples include a claim for restitution for funds invested in an unauthorised collective investment scheme (O’Neil v Gale [2013] EWCA Civ 1554). The firm regularly deals with cases involving freezing injunctions and, in the criminal context, restraint orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Corporate and commercial litigation:
The firm acts in corporate disputes, both business to business and intra business (e.g. breaches of shareholder agreements and partnership disputes), as well as insolvency-related matters.

Family law:
The firm acts for individuals in divorce proceedings and related custody and financial matters.

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Defamation/Reputation Management
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Crime


Alistair Parker
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Defamation/Reputation Management


Iain Wilson
Band 2
Max Campbell
Band 6
Tom Double
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Iain WilsonDefamation/Reputation Management
Band 3
Nick BrettPOCA Work & Asset Forfeiture
Band 4
Band 6
Max CampbellDefamation/Reputation Management

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35-37 St John Street

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