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Media Law

At Saunders Law, our media litigation team is brings together experts in IP, media law, commercial litigation and sporting disputes.

Our lawyers have acted for individuals and international media organisations when reputations and intellectual property (IP) are at risk, providing commercially sound advice with the aim of a swift resolution.

Having represented public figures including sportspeople and politicians, as well as individuals and organisations from the worlds of commerce and industry, we are well-known for our high-profile work and tirelessly fighting our clients’ corners.We can provide sensible, practical advice on dealing with defamation, as well as assisting those facing allegations of defamation. In many cases, litigation is not required as a satisfactory outcome can be achieved swiftly and cost-effectively with an apology or removal of a defamatory article, statement or other publication.

If it appears that litigation is the only option, we are renowned for our robust yet discrete approach in defending our clients’ interests. Media litigation has a reputation for being costly, but this does not have to be the case. We offer various funding options for our clients and we will always work cost-effectively.

Media law covers an enormous legal discipline and our advice extends beyond reputation management to general commercial advice relevant to the media sector. Our media law solicitors assist clients with matters including:

We also provide advice in respect of commercial contracts and pre and post publication legal matters. Operating from offices in the City of London, we’re also ideally located to help clients with all manner of media law matters.

Find out more about the firm, its teams and its typical work by taking a look at our clients.

Speak to our media lawyers in London

For expert assistance with defamation, reputation management or any other area of media law, contact Saunders Law today for a free, no obligation initial discussion of how we may be able to help.

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

Saunders Law is at the cutting edge of Media, IP and sporting disputes

More than 40 years’ media law experience

Drawing on over 40 years of knowledge and experience, our expert partner-led media law team includes those who previously worked in public relations. Our advice always takes reputational issues into consideration and we have an excellent track record successfully protecting our clients’ interests.

Independently recognised expertise

Our team has been independently recognised for our market-leading litigation expertise with strong rankings in highly respected client guides the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Commercially astute approach

We plan our strategy around our clients’ circumstances and priorities. With strong skills in negotiating out-of-court settlements and exceptional experience with court litigation, our Media Litigation team will always take an approach based on your specific needs.

Exceptional personal service & client satisfaction

We pride ourselves on providing an exceptional service. Our clients will always receive a call back the same day following an enquiry and can always speak to one of our partners when required. As a result, we consistently achieve excellent feedback from clients.

Examples of our successful media law, privacy & reputation management work

Our media law work includes:

  • Advising individuals before the Leveson Inquiry and Parliamentary Committees in the wake of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal
  • Acting on behalf of a global public sector strategy consultancy against copyright infringers in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Acting for a nationwide insurance company against former employees following the unauthorised duplication of company documents and content.
  • Acting for a Paris based, international luxury cosmetics brand, protecting and enforcing its IP rights against major international retailers.
  • 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 reality star on reputation management issues following allegations of sexual misconduct
  • Representing a world renowned musician and composer in a complex breach of management contract claim
  • Negotiating an exit from a management contract on behalf of a high-profile conductor and music empresario

How our team can assist with media law, privacy & reputation management

Taking action for defamation

Our media law solicitors regularly advise clients on the best approach to take to defamatory statements or publications. We have a strong track record of success in securing swift apologies and the removal of defamatory material.

We are happy to correspond with the party or parties responsible for defamatory material, setting out our clients’ legal positions and the actions required to avoid litigation. By taking a firm, clear stance, the need for costly court proceedings can often be avoided.

Where a satisfactory outcome cannot be agreed voluntarily, our Media Litigation team will not hesitate to initiate court proceedings, robustly defending our clients’ interests.

Defending allegations of defamation

Should an individual, publication, business or other organisation be accused of defamation, it is essential to seek immediate legal advice as the consequences can be very serious.

Our medial lawyers in London can advise on whether the allegation is likely to have merit and what response needs to be made. We will always balance the legal arguments against our clients’ commercial considerations to make sure a sensible approach is taken.

Breaches of privacy law

Where it is believed that private or confidential information has been accessed or disclosed without authorisation, our specialist privacy solicitors can help.

We can establish whether there has been a breach of privacy laws, confidentiality agreements or other legal principles and advise on the best approach from both a legal and commercial standpoint.

Right to be forgotten

Individuals have the legal ‘right to be forgotten’ under certain circumstances. This means the right to demand that specific information removed from the internet so it can no longer be accessed by third parties.

Our privacy law solicitors have advised a number of clients on their right to be forgotten and assisted with having information removed from websites and search engine results.

Commercial advice and media agreements

Our experienced commercial lawyers are adept at negotiating and drafting a wide variety of media law agreements. The team gives practical advice to producers, music publishers, performers, composers and musicians, distributors, production companies and broadcasters and can advise on:

    • Licensing
    • Music for films and television
    • Production Agreements
    • Director & Producer Agreements
    • Location Agreements
    • Cast & Crew Agreements
    • Recording Agreements
    • Publishing Agreements
    • Management Agreements
    • Band Agreements
    • Copyright

Arrange an initial, no obligation consultation with our media law solicitors in London

For a free, no-obligation, initial discussion of how we may be able to help, please contact us.

Call us on 020 7632 4300 or make an enquiry online.