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Privacy and Reputation

No matter who you are, your reputation is one of your most valuable assets – and we will work tirelessly to protect it.

Whether in the public eye, commerce and industry, politics or simply a member of the public, if
your reputation has been damaged by something written or spoken, you need to take action. Action doesn’t necessarily mean litigation.

Our media and reputation lawyers are commercial litigation experts, with an unrivalled depth
of knowledge in defending the reputations of celebrities, entrepreneurs and high-profile individuals
and companies.

Protecting reputations – quickly and decisively

If you learn that something has been said or written about you or your business, you must act quickly.
Due to the digital media revolution and the rapid rise of social platforms, there are more ways
than ever before that your reputation can suffer damage. Regardless of whether you have
suffered damage by someone’s spoken words or written communications, we can help you
restore your reputation and take action against those who have unfairly attacked your
character.

Drawing on our expertise in commercial litigation, media law, public law and criminal litigation,
we act against public authorities such as the police and prisons, and private institutions
including media companies and broadcasters.

Our lawyers are experienced in handling claims involving libel, slander and defamation of
character – particularly where such claims are disputed. We understand that suffering unfair
and damaging statements about your personal character or conduct can be extremely stressful
and can put pressure on your business, your finances and your personal life. That is why we aim
to mitigate the effect of such statements, and ensure that you are fully compensated for any
financial loss as a result of defamation.

We are experienced in obtaining urgent and emergency injunctions to take-down content when
needed, securing apologies and compensation where possible.

Our experience in this area is wide-ranging and includes:

  • Anthony Crook v Chief Constable of Essex Police [2015] EWHC 988 (QB) – represented Mr Crook
    in his landmark victory in the High Court for breach of Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, breach
    of the Data Protection Act and breach of confidence following publication of his personal details
    in newspapers as “most wanted” for an alleged rape, securing him damages of £70,000.
  • B v Channel 4 – represented an individual in successful injunctive proceedings to prevent the
    publication of personal information on the programme “24 hours in police custody”
  • Advising individuals before the Leveson Inquiry and Parliamentary Committees
    in the wake of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal
  • Assisting an international news broadcaster during two major criminal and
    regulatory investigations, both of which were discontinued following the
    representations we made on their behalf
  • Obtaining an injunction for a well-known businessman and entrepreneur to
    prohibit the publication of defamatory blogs and securing their removal
  • Advising a high-profile media personality in connection with allegations of
    criminal conduct and managing the media response

At Saunders Law, we’re dedicated to helping our clients protecting their reputations. We’re
well-known for our high-profile work and tirelessly fighting our clients’ corners.

Operating from offices in central London near Fleet Street, we’re also ideally located to help
clients with all manner of media law matters. For a free, no-obligation, initial discussion of how
we may be able to help, please contact us.

Call us on 0207 632 4300 or make an enquiry online.