Reputation Protection (Mishcon Private)

Reputation Protection

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period, during which EU laws continue to apply in the UK, is due to end on 31 December 2020. The UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement sets out transitional arrangements and negotiations for the future UK/EU relationship are ongoing.

In a world where people tend to share their opinions quickly, where information can be weaponised and mis-information spread online like wildfire, a good reputation can be ruined in moments. Societal and legal changes mean that public and regulatory scrutiny is a reality, even for those who avoid the spotlight. Tackling global media stories and social media campaigns involves decisive, robust and confident action. However, crisis management is rarely enough: long-term, the best way to build and protect a personal or corporate reputation is to be proactive and to anticipate future challenges and to plan for them intelligently in advance.

We have been defending our clients' reputations for decades, both publicly and discreetly. We have considerable expertise in tackling and preventing unwarranted attacks, including securing injunctions to prevent the misuse of private information and the spread of fake news stories. We are formidable and experienced litigators, but we are also pragmatic and commercial. Working with our in-house cyber investigators, we take time to consider the objectives and agendas of all parties, and to formulate a sophisticated strategy in response.

Whether the source of a reputational concern is a boardroom coup or a personal indiscretion, bad news travels fast, and invariably ends up online. Whatever the language or medium of the primary attack, social media is frequently used to fuel and amplify vendettas. Key to successfully mitigating a wider crisis is the speed at which a multi-disciplinary, international team and strategy can be put together. One of the Firm’s great strengths is our convening power, and our diverse network of specialist and overseas lawyers and other international advisors, including in PR and communications, digital investigations, business strategy and public affairs.

Key Services

We advise and litigate on all aspects of media and communication law, for both claimants and defendants, including defamation, malicious falsehood, privacy, blackmail, harassment, reporting restrictions, and data protection breaches and compliance.

Some of the specific issues we assist with include:

  • Press/pre-publication enquiries about personal/corporate affairs, including from NGOs/regulators/other public bodies
  • Online/social media attacks
  • Blackmail and/or threats to release private/confidential information or threats to publish damaging allegations
  • Obtaining, defending and discharging emergency injunctions  
  • Challenging the publication of damaging or private material, both in the media and in a more limited, private or commercial context  
  • Inaccurate KYC/compliance database profiles
  • Content clearance and advice to publishers  
  • Reputation audits and strategy  
  • Media law training/awareness

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