Emma Woollcott Legal Director

Contact Information

+44 20 3321 7415
emma.woollcott@mishcon.com

Personal Profile

Emma is a litigator in Mishcon Private. She specialises in Reputation Protection, advising individuals, companies and charities on defamation, breach of confidence, invasion of privacy, harassment and data protection concerns. She is particularly adept in digital technology and on-line publications, often advising in times of crisis and in the context of wider disputes. She provides claimants and defendants with pre- and post-publication advice, including obtaining, defending and discharging injunctions. Her clients span a wide range of industries, including media and entertainment, technology, financial services, politics, publishing, art, property, sport, fashion and charity. She regularly trains journalists and PR and other professional advisors on publication concerns. Emma takes a holistic approach to Reputation Protection, encouraging clients to prepare in advance for potential challenges, and effectively mitigating any damage caused by negative publicity.

Emma is tenacious, direct and pragmatic. She enjoys problem-solving and provides decisive, commercial advice. She has broad experience of commercial litigation in a range of forums, often acting for international clients in complex disputes. She also has experience working with charities, providing strategic focus to their campaigns and their dealings with government.

Emma is listed in Spears Wealth Management's Index for Reputation Protection lawyers 2015, and was included in Management Today's 35 Women Under 35. She was ranked in the Telegraph's LGBT Top 50 Executives in 2015 & 2016, and was celebrated in the Pride Power List 2016. Emma co-ordinates the Firm's sponsorship of Pink Law, a pro bono legal advice service for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, which was highly commended in the Best New Pro Bono Activity category of the LawWorks and Attorney General Students Awards. She is a trustee of Action Breaks Silence, a charity seeking to empower women internationally through personal safety and self-defence training.

Key Experience

  • Obtaining urgent High Court injunctions to prevent the misuse of private and confidential information, including in the context of blackmail threats and harassment
  • Pre-publication advice to a range of media and online publications, managing the risk that sensitive content may be challenged
  • Challenging content published online and obtaining disclosure from international webhosts and internet and email service providers, in order to identify anonymous / malicious posters.
  • Advising a leading national professional services firm in relation to defamatory statements made by a competitor to several of its mutual clients, which statements were repeated on blogs and online discussion forums
  • Preventing the publication of false rumors about a world-renowned sports person, which would have had a devastating impact on his brand
  • Advising a national religious forum in relation to defamatory statements made about it on the internet and anticipated in a forthcoming book
  • Acting for a high-ranking police officer in relation to defamatory allegations made against him in the national press and online

Career History

Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Solicitor, Addleshaw Goddard LLP
Qualified, Clifford Chance LLP
Trainee, Clifford Chance LLP
Jesus College, Cambridge. Law MA (Hons)