Privacy, Defamation and Reputation

Privacy, Defamation and Reputation

With the proliferation of social media and online media platforms the impact of breaches of privacy and defamatory material has an ever-increasing impact on the reputation of individuals and companies alike. What action is taken will depend on the circumstances as, if it is not dealt with appropriately and expertly, it may make matters significantly worse and put you at risk of substantial costs. Either way you will need swift and targeted advice so that you can make the decision on the best course of action for you.

We can count on industry professionals to assist us in delivering the right result for you including renowned public relations experts and highly experienced barristers. Our team has acted for professional sports people, sports agents, international companies and those in the media spotlight as we are known to deliver results.

We can act in matters where publication of unwanted material is threatened by the traditional press or on the internet at large. If necessary, we will take steps by way of written warnings or swift court injunctions to prevent publication.

When we are instructed post publication we can take steps to seek removal of the offending material, an apology and/or retraction and, where appropriate, obtain compensation and a contribution to legal costs.

Sometimes, you may find material on the internet that is not defamatory and is not generally actionable, but harms your reputation nonetheless. This can include information in your past or reviews about your products or services which are simply unhelpful. We can help you reduce the impact of this material and, some cases, have it removed. We can also help you in building a positive reputation through the use of PR professionals, targeted articles and other content.

Where your privacy has been breached we can assist in swift action either in threatening legal action against the offending party and/or making a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office. With the advent of GDPR it is now easier to establish what personal information an organisation has about you and more straightforward to take action where a breach has occurred.