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Defamation/Reputation Management | UK

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This section ranks law firms and lawyers who handle defamation proceedings (i.e. libel and slander) on behalf of claimants and defendants, as well as advising media and corporate clients on risk management. Reputation management involves advising individuals and corporations on the legal aspects of protecting and regulating their reputation.

Under the rubric of reputation management, we consider: work concerning data privacy, the publication of allegedly inaccurate data, and the so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ in online searches and business intelligence databases. Also, injunctions to remove client data from international websites to prevent harassment, taking down imposter social media sites and data audits to guard against media intrusion.

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Band 1
  1. Carter-Ruck
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    Carter-Ruck
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    Carter-Ruck has an eminent reputation management practice with a record of excellence in high-profile privacy and defamation actions. It assists such individuals as heads of state, business people and celebrities with the full range of reputational matters, with particular skill in obtaining privacy injunctions. The firm offers advice pre- and post-publication to corporations and media organisations. The team is particularly experienced in cases concerning the misuse of private information and matters relating to breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998.
  2. Harbottle & Lewis LLP
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    Harbottle & Lewis LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    Harbottle & Lewis has a superb defamation and privacy practice that is highly respected for its representation of claimants in libel actions against newspaper groups and media organisations. It has an enviable list of clients, including a number of A-listers and members of the royal family. The team is frequently successful in handling complaints before regulatory bodies and regularly involved in cases concerning breach of confidence, data protection and information law.
  3. RPC
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    RPC
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    RPC's market-leading defendant practice offers expertise in all aspects of defamation defence from pre-trial to appeal. It acts for a host of national newspapers, broadcasters, online and print publishers, and media liability insurers. The firm is adept at advising clients on matters relating to malicious falsehood, contempt, harassment, data protection, Freedom of Information Act and copyright disputes. The team provides round-the-clock assistance, including pre-publication and injunction advisory services.
  4. Simons Muirhead Burton
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    Simons Muirhead Burton
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    Simons Muirhead Burton has an accomplished defamation practice, acting for a mix of defendant and claimant clients on libel, privacy and data protection matters. It houses a team of accomplished litigators and strategists supported by highly talented associates. The firm maintains a fine reputation for its work on behalf of major broadcasters, newspapers and other publishing clients. The team also advises NGOs, journalist bodies and trade unions in the UK and USA.
  5. Schillings
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 1
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Band 2
  1. Brett Wilson LLP
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    Brett Wilson LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 2 | 6 Years Ranked
    Brett Wilson's defamation and privacy practice is particularly adept at and well known for handling matters concerning online publication. The firm acts for both claimants and defendants, including individuals, institutions and corporates.
  2. Mishcon de Reya LLP
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    Mishcon de Reya LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 2 | 16 Years Ranked
    Mishcon de Reya has a highly respected reputation management practice, underpinned by established private client and family practices. It acts increasingly for corporate entities on reputation management matters in addition to its traditional high net worth clientele. The firm offers specialist expertise in all aspects of defamation, privacy and harassment, from sensitive crisis situations to high-profile libel proceedings. The team possesses considerable experience in handling cross-jurisdictional disputes. The firm is experienced in dealing with social media risks and cyber brand protection.
  3. Payne Hicks Beach LLP
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    Payne Hicks Beach LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 2 | 10 Years Ranked
    Payne Hicks Beach has an active reputation management department with recent involvement in a number of high-profile defamation, privacy and breach of confidence disputes. The team works closely with the firm's family and private client departments to provide a comprehensive service to high net worth individuals, corporate clients and public figures. The lawyers maintain noteworthy strengths in handling phone hacking, harassment and Data Protection Act issues for claimants.
  4. Simkins LLP
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    Simkins LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 2 | 11 Years Ranked
    Simkins has a flourishing reputation management practice with a range of media and entertainment stars, celebrities, other individuals and businesses among its clientele. It advises on sensitive libel matters, crisis management and responses to defamatory postings on social media and online platforms. The firm utilises additional knowledge of privacy, confidence, anti-harassment, data protection and copyright law to safeguard its clients' reputations. The team is particularly active in the pre-publication and pre-broadcast spaces.
  5. Taylor Wessing
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    Taylor Wessing
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 2 | 16 Years Ranked
    Taylor Wessing has a respected media law department with a strong practice providing reputation management advice, particularly in relation to digital content delivery, social media and user-generated content. The firm represents high net worth individuals, well-known brands and corporations on the claimant side, and high-profile international publishers and broadcasters on the defendant side.
  6. Thomson Heath & Associates
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    Thomson Heath & Associates
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 2 | 14 Years Ranked
    Thomson Heath & Associates' strong privacy and reputation management department is celebrated not least for its involvement in the development of phone hacking claims. The firm advises on defamation matters and brings libel and data protection actions on behalf of celebrities, public figures and high net worth individuals. The team offers additional experience advising on misuse of private information and breach of confidence claims.
  7. Wiggin LLP
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    Wiggin LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 2 | 16 Years Ranked
    Wiggin's dynamic defendant practice is regularly instructed by magazines, newspapers and other media organisations on defamation and privacy matters. The firm is particularly noted for its expert pre-publication work and frequently sought after for its online-specific advice. The team offers industry-specific expertise in the film sector, advising a variety of film studios on reputational concerns. The firm additionally offers extensive expertise in defending interim injunction applications.
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Band 3
  1. Bindmans LLP
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    Bindmans LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 3 | 16 Years Ranked
    Bindmans' well-regarded claimant practice manages reputational issues for journalists, politicians, NGOs and vulnerable people, among others. The firm is also celebrated for its defence work, acting for individuals and publishers. It draws on its expertise in media, crime, employment, immigration, family and police actions to advise clients on all aspects of a reputational crisis. The team is adept at advising on privacy, information and data protection matters.
  2. Hamlins LLP
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    Hamlins LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 3 | 9 Years Ranked
    Hamlins' powerful litigation practice is at the forefront of much of the activity concerning phone hacking prosecutions. It offers claimants and defendants expertise in a wide variety of privacy, defamation and harassment matters. The firm provides additional experience in offering publishers pre-publication advice, and it is also noted for its work with corporations and executives in connection with a broad range of reputation management issues.
  3. Lee & Thompson LLP
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    Lee & Thompson LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 3 | 16 Years Ranked
    Lee & Thompson is an impressive media and entertainment boutique with significant dispute resolution capabilities, housing a number of dedicated litigators. The firm maintains a strong presence in phone hacking and defamation and privacy litigation, and handles reputation management issues for a number of successful recording artists and celebrities. It also offers pre-publication clearance services to film and TV clients.
  4. Withers LLP
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    Withers LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 3 | 12 Years Ranked
    Withers has a strong libel and privacy offering, advising a range of clients on media law issues, sensitive reputational matters and crisis management. The firm acts for charities, high net worth individuals and corporate clients on domestic and international disputes. It offers an established focus on claimant work and increasingly advising defendant individuals in relation to the publishing of online content.
  5. CMS
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. ACK Media Law LLP
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    ACK Media Law LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 4 | 13 Years Ranked
    ACK Media Law's respected defamation practice acts primarily for defendants on privacy, data protection and reputational matters, with a strong track record for its representation of individuals, publishers and broadcasters. The firm is noted for advice on legal clearance and pre-publication, with a particular focus on the film and TV sectors. It also offers brand management services for an assortment of clients including corporations and individuals.
  2. Addleshaw Goddard LLP
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    Addleshaw Goddard LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 4 | 16 Years Ranked
    Addleshaw Goddard represents claimants in high-profile defamation and press intrusion disputes. It makes use of its international network to advise global businesses on reputation management issues, including social media and data protection matters. Recent areas of activity include 'right to be forgotten' cases and freedom of information requests. Clients include corporations and high net worth individuals.
  3. Farrer & Co LLP
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    Farrer & Co LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 4 | 16 Years Ranked
    Farrer & Co is a highly regarded firm focused on claimant work, advising high-profile individuals, schools and corporations on reputational matters including libel, injunctions, reporting restrictions, data protection and contempt of court. It also offers expertise in internet and social media issues such as harassment and online attacks. The firm supplements a strong claimant practice with a defendant service, acting for significant publications.
  4. Kingsley Napley LLP
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    Kingsley Napley LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 4 | 9 Years Ranked
    Kingsley Napley is a dynamic defamation and privacy practice complemented by a strong crime department. The team assists a diverse roster of clients with reputational issues, including media organisations, corporates, celebrities, politicians and private individuals. The firm is experienced at handling both claimant and defendant work, with growing expertise in internet libel matters related to social media. The team increasingly advises on media issues relating to court reporting and arrests.
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Band 5
  1. Clintons
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    Clintons
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 5 | 8 Years Ranked
    Clintons is a respected media boutique firm with a robust phone hacking practice and a venerable record in high-profile privacy cases. The firm particularly excels in harassment and misuse of private information cases. The team represents a fine choice of firm for celebrities, musicians, and other media and entertainment personalities.
  2. Howard Kennedy LLP
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    Howard Kennedy LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 5 | 9 Years Ranked
    Howard Kennedy has a defamation and reputation management practice of long standing, acting for a diverse client base of high net worth individuals and companies. It is highly regarded for its work in online media, acting in cases concerning articles published on the internet and comments on social media. The team is also expert on matters concerning blackmail, data privacy and freedom of speech.
  3. Lewis Silkin
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    Lewis Silkin
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 5 | 10 Years Ranked
    "Their ability to act quickly and process a lot of information is impressive. Their knowledge of what will reasonably work in the eyes of the law is also appreciated in terms of providing practical solutions rather than overcomplicated advice."
  4. Osborne Clarke LLP
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    Osborne Clarke LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 5 | 5 Years Ranked
    Osborne Clarke was instructed to defend S-RM Intelligence and Risk Consulting against a claim issued by the billionaire Arvind Tiku, who sought damages and various other remedies in respect of various intelligence reports prepared by S-RM which detailed high-profile corruption allegations that had been made against Mr Tiku by others.
  5. Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP
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    Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 5 | 7 Years Ranked
    Penningtons Manches Cooper's defamation practice is well known for its representation of the Police Federation, as well as trade unions. It has a significant privacy practice focused on the misuse of private information and data protection breaches. The firm also frequently acts for high-profile and private individuals, concerning both pre- and post-publication matters.
  6. Russells
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    Russells
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 5 | 1 Years Ranked
    Russells was instructed by Mitchell Winehouse to pursue defamation claims against Macmillan Publishing, musician Tyler James and ghost writer Sylvia Patterson concerning statements published in the book My Amy: The Life We Shared, authored by James.
  7. Taylor Hampton Solicitors
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    Taylor Hampton Solicitors
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 5 | 6 Years Ranked
    Taylor Hampton Solicitors is a solid boutique with a focus on advising individuals in defamation claims. The firm is additionally noted for its expertise in cases relating to phone hacking.
  8. Archerfield Partners LLP
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 5
  9. Pinsent Masons
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 5
  10. Slateford
    Defamation/Reputation Management
    2024 | Band 5