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Our longstanding expertise in the media law field makes us the first port of call for many figures in the public eye when urgent advice is needed to prevent publication of false allegations, to correct damaging falsities or to deal with intrusive and distressing journalistic behaviour.
We are particularly well known in the political sphere and count among our clients a host of MPs, Cabinet Ministers and other holders of very senior political office who turn to us to defend their reputations and their right to privacy. We also represent the rights of charities, businesses and members of the public.
As well as advising claimants, we also advise publishers about what is safe to publish and provide practical, cost-effective solutions to post-publication complaints.
Our client base and expertise has placed us at very the heart of the high profile events engulfing the UK media: the phone hacking scandal, the closure of The News of the World and the Leveson Inquiry.
Our recent work, led by Partner Tamsin Allen, includes:
- co-ordinating the group of lawyers acting for around 60 high-profile phone hacking claimants which resulted in high profile settlements of up to £130,000 from News Group Newspapers Ltd at the end of last year;
- achieving substantial settlements for a number of our own clients who were victims of phone hacking, including the former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott, Chris Bryant MP, Denis MacShane MP and two journalists;
- achieving compensation of £200,000 for the Rt. Hon. Tessa Jowell MP from News Group Newspapers Ltd in respect of phone hacking;
- Bringing a successful Judicial Review of the Metropolitan Police’s failure to warn victims and potential victims about the News of the World hacking scandal and their failure to conduct an effective investigation on behalf of Chris Bryant MP, former Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick, Lord Prescott and Brendan Montague;
- representing the ‘Core Participant Victims’ in Modules 2 and 3 of the Leveson Inquiry relating to the press and the police and the press and politicians respectively.
If you are concerned about a publication which you feel has adversely affected your reputation, unjustly exposed sensitive private matters or feel that you have been treated unlawfully by the media or organisations which process information, we can advise you on your rights and the merits of taking legal action.
Given our expertise in the hacking litigation, we can also advise you what to do next if you think your phone may have been hacked. For further information, see phone hacking.
In many cases where the law has been breached, we can negotiate compensation and an apology from defendants without the need to issue formal legal proceedings - but should that be necessary, we have extensive litigation experience and an excellent track record.
Our highly experienced team can advise on all of the following areas of media law:
- Breach of Confidence
- Broadcast Regulation and the Ofcom Code
- Data Protection
- Defamation (Libel and Slander)
- Domain name disputes
- Freedom of Information
- Intellectual Property
- Judicial Review
- Malicious Falsehood
- Media Ethics
- Phone hacking
- Privacy/ breach of confidence
- Public law
- Reporting Restrictions
- Reputation Management
- Social Media Crime/ ‘Trolling’
To contact us about a case, please complete the on-line form on the right or call our switchboard and ask for the media team.
In some circumstances we can act on a Conditional Fee Agreement, also known as a ‘no win no fee’ agreement. This type of funding arrangement can enable people or organisations without private wealth to bring or defend legal proceedings against powerful and wealthy media organisations or individuals.