Media and privacy

Defamation, reputation management, libel claims and privacy

The media spotlight can be terrifying, unjust and intrusive and, in an instant, shred the reputation you have worked a lifetime for.

Collyer Bristow is a leader in the field of reputation management. We have a team of specialist lawyers whose collective experience covers some of the most ground-breaking and eye-catching cases. Recent examples include:

  • Representing the 51 core participant victims in the Leveson Inquiry
  • Successfully representing international cricketer Chris Cairns in the UK’s first Twitter libel trial
  • Representing over 100 clients with privacy claims arising out of the phone hacking scandal
  • Acting for Boris Johnson, successfully striking out a libel claim brought against him by Bob Crow.

In addition to traditional defamation and privacy claims, our Cyber Investigation Unit (CIU) has established itself as the pre-eminent firm handling disputes involving online publications, harassment and cyber-stalking.

How we can help you

We work for all those who value their reputation. Whether a media crisis is brewing or whether you are pro-actively seeking to manage, protect or exploit your reputation we would be delighted to help you.

The reputations of companies require protection from the media and also, particularly in relation to anonymous internet publications, from malicious competitors or disgruntled former employees. 

Our expertise covers all of the disciplines that are relevant to the protection of reputation, including:

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What our clients say

"Collyer Bristow LLP is a longstanding and well-established force in the defamation and privacy field with substantial experience in all types of litigation and advice. It has noted a considerable rise in its privacy workload; ‘impressive tactician’ Rhory Robertson and ‘excellent’ senior associate Alex Cochrane represented the claimant in a case pertaining to an anonymised privacy injunction heard in the Supreme Court. ‘Heavyweight’ practitioner Steven Heffer remains heavily involved in voicemail interception cases. Kate Macmillan is ‘outstanding’."  Legal 500, 2016, Reputation management

"Collyer Bristow LLP fields ‘an outstanding’ team of six partners led by Steven Heffer, who ‘combines intellectual ability with real consideration for his clients’ needs’. Howard Ricklow’s highlights included advising composer David Arnold on his work on the film Keeping up with the Joneses, and assisting David Julyan when he came to re-record the Memento soundtrack." Legal 500, 2016, Media and entertainment

"They inspire confidence: they deal with you as a person and not just as another case." 

"They work very well as a team and are very good at managing and understanding how the whole operation works." Chambers UK, 2016, Defamation/Reputation Management 

"The excellent Collyer Bristow LLP continued to represent the victims of voicemail interception, and acted for an individual seeking a privacy injunction against Times Newspapers. The team is led by the analytical and forward-thinking Steven Heffer who always has his clients' best interests at heart, and includes experienced and hugely effective tactician Rhory Robertson, Kate Macmillan and senior associate Alex Cochrane." Legal 500 UK, 2015, Defamation and Privacy

"I've been very impressed. They don't leave their clients high and dry - they try and find solutions for them." Chambers UK, 2016, Defamation and Privacy

Collyer Bristow has 'a fantastic, experienced team at all levels'. Legal 500 UK, 2014, Defamation and Privacy

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