Reputation Management, Defamation and Media
Social Media has not changed the law, not yet at least but it has irreversibly changed the concept of reputation management. It is as many have found to their cost, a medium that can both build and destroy reputations.
Everybody is now a publisher. Unhampered by the shackles of an editor or advice on what may or may not constitute a defamatory or libelous remark, ordinary people are exposing themselves to greater risk of litigation than ever before, whether that is being brought by them or against them.
We help individuals and businesses pursue and defends claims for defamation. Speak to our reputation management team today for expert legal advice.
At Patron Law, we regard our role as advisory; proactively working with our clients whether private individuals or those in the public eye to prevent threats from developing into more serious harm for individuals or companies. Our team of specialist lawyers always seeks to find a practical solution to reputational issues, using the law as a tool to achieve the best outcome for the client.
What is Defamation?
Defamation is when another person or business publishes information that damages your reputation. Whether you are looking to protect your personal or companies’ reputation our team are used to resolving matters swiftly and professionally, avoiding litigation wherever possible.
Our Reputation and Privacy team, headed by experienced and highly regarded defamation and privacy lawyer, Mark Lewis advises a very broad spectrum of clients on issues affecting their reputation and privacy. Mark has successfully brought and won some of the most prominent privacy, libel and defamation actions in recent years.
Operating at the highest level of discretion, our work helps to proactively protect both personal and corporate reputations whatever the sensitivity of the issue. Obtaining the right advice at the right time can mitigate risk and minimise potential damage in this fast moving and complex environment and preventing unlawful and potentially life changing damage.
We can help with a range of areas, including:
- Online content, newspapers and editorial content, TV & Radio, written communications and adverts.
Example Case Studies
- Advising Rachel Riley on libellous tweets made against her by a member of Jeremy Corbyn’s staff
- Advising Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis in a defamation claim against Facebook
- Advising food blogger Jack Monroe in the first Twitter libel case against Katie Hopkins
- Advising the Dowler family in the phone hacking case against News of the World
- Advising Gordon Taylor, head of the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) in a phone hacking case
- Advising cardiologist Peter Wilmhurst in a defamation case against US medical device company NMT Medical
Our approach is to listen to what you want as an outcome whether for you personally, or for your business and to take the necessary steps to resolve matters, whether that is through a negotiated settlement or robust legal action.
All of our teams work closely together to provide a seamless service particularly where localised threats can rapidly create wider personal and professional problems and to avert crises before they occur.
If you’re looking for confidential advice and assistance whatever the matter and however sensitive, you’ll want us on your side.