Defamation and Reputation Management Disputes
As business gurus like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett tell us, neglect your reputation at your peril.
We have unrivalled expertise in reputation management, working with the country’s top PR agencies. We act rapidly either to halt publications/broadcasts that inflict damage on your brand or the reputations of your lead individuals, or at least ensure that what does emerge in the media causes you less commercial damage. We do this using our knowledge of how the media works based on our extensive experience of acting for major media clients, and by deploying regulatory and legal tools to prevent the media disseminating false material about you to the detriment of your business.
If a publication or broadcast does take place which wrongly attacks your business/brand then we deploy legal/regulatory protections to repair the damage to your brand, again working with top PR experts which we can retain for you if necessary.
Disclosure Pilot Scheme already making an impact as High Court orders list of “issues for disclosure”12 December 2018
The mandatory Disclosure Pilot Scheme may not start in the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales (“BPCs”) until 1 January 2019, but it seems the courts are already taking the new rules into account. In one reported case, the High Court has ordered a separate “list of issues for disclosure”, which will have to be jointly completed by the parties as part of the new Disclosure Review Document required under the Pilot Scheme.
Economou v de Freitas defamation case: appeal dismissed28 November 2018
In what the leading judge called a case with “unusual and tragic facts”, the Court of Appeal has dismissed Alexander Economou’s appeal against the first instance decision that his defamation claims should fail.
Sohrab Daneshku writes for The Law Society Gazette: Witness statements – rip them up and start again?27 November 2018
Sohrab Daneshku has written an article for The Law Society Gazette which discusses the review led by Mr Jutice Popplewell into the rules on witness statements, including whether the rules should be changed and, if so, how.
Major overhaul to disclosure coming: are you ready?23 November 2018
Yesterday our commercial dispute resolution specialists Mark Lim and Paula Barry hosted a discussion about fundamental changes to the disclosure process that are due to come into force on 1 January 2019 as part of a two-year pilot scheme that will run in the Business & Property Courts across England and Wales.
Disclosure: avoiding the pitfalls22 November 2018
This guide provides you with a general introduction to the obligations of disclosure in Court proceedings. The rules governing disclosure are found in the Civil Procedure Rules Part 31 and the surrounding case law. This guide will highlight the main points you need to know, consider the problems often encountered and offer some practical tips.
Major overhaul to disclosure coming: are you ready?22 November 2018
Documents win and lose cases. On 1 January 2019, fundamental changes to the disclosure process are due to come into force as part of a pilot scheme in the Business & Property Courts across England and Wales.
Andrew Wanambwa writes for FT Adviser: Unexplained Wealth Orders15 November 2018
In an article for FT Adviser, Andrew Wanambwa discusses the powerful new weapon in the armoury of enforcement agencies, unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs).
Let Lachaux begin - Landmark defamation case in the Supreme Court14 November 2018
Today the Supreme Court is hearing the second and final day of the appeal in the case of Lachaux v Independent Print and another against the Court of Appeal decision. Centre stage will be section 1(1) of the Defamation Act 2013, which, although has been discussed at length in this case so far, still requires clarification.