We work with clients to protect and enhance their corporate reputation when in jeopardy, for example during internal crisis, or when under direct attack from the media, competitors or third parties including customers and ex-employees.
If your problem relates to press or media scrutiny, we can help with your response to enquiries and any proactive or reactive statements. Combining legal and PR awareness and often working hand in hand with public relations professionals, we can help with your messaging while ensuring that it will withstand legal scrutiny. At the sharp end, by deploying the available legal tools, we can seek to hold the media to account, to dissuade from publication or broadcast, or at least to shape a story and mitigate its impact.
We have, for example, assisted clients facing aggressive investigative journalism and Panorama, Watchdog and other consumer programme exposes.
We act in defamation, breach of confidence and privacy claims. Where attacks take on a more sinister form - well organised protest groups and campaigns that escalate towards harassment of individuals, breach of privacy rights, physical protests or criminal acts - we are experienced in urgent applications to the Court for injunctive and other relief including to prevent harassment and even against persons unknown.
The increased use (and mis-use) of social media is an ever-present threat in today’s world. We can trace anonymous posters through applications to the Court (Norwich Pharmacal applications) and regularly procure takedowns of defamatory online content.
Defamation is part of Shoosmiths’ wider litigation offering. If you would like help finding the right team or lawyer please contact us on +44 (0)3700 863 000 or contact us by email to [email protected].