Defamation & Reputation Management

In the era of social networking, protecting and safeguarding corporate and personal reputations has never been more important, or more difficult. Our Defamation and Reputation Management team is able to provide comprehensive advice on reputational issues of all kinds including:

  • Acting quickly to restrict publication and/or dissemination of offensive, defamatory or otherwise damaging material, including getting comments and articles taken down from websites
  • Bringing actions for defamation (libel and slander) and malicious falsehood
  • Advising on Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) complaints and comparative advertising
  • Advising on media strategy and responses to press enquiries
  • Providing defamation training to clients (both legal staff and journalists) 

Recent examples of our work include advising:

  • Global print management firm HH Associates in a libel and malicious falsehood claim against Dun and Bradstreet
  • A private individual in relation to the phone-hacking scandal, including his appearance at the Leveson Enquiry
  • A major UK company in the automotive industry on a potentially unfavourable article in the Mirror newspaper
  • A national firm of surveyors in relation to a story on the BBC show “Rip Off Britain”
  • Future Publishing on pre-publication defamation issues across a number of its leading publications, including “Classic Rock”, “T3” and “Cycling News”
  • NFI Ltd and others in a claim for defamation against Sea Systems Technology Ltd

Other cases in which members of the team have been involved include:

  • Sorrell and others v FullSIX and others [2007]
  • Jessye Norman v Future Publishing [1999] EMLR 325
  • Electrolux v Dyson [1999] ETMR. 903