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 defamation, privacy, reputation management and libel. 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, libel 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.

Whilst we have worked for many "household names" including international sportsmen/women and world-renowned musicians, we are acutely aware that anyone can fall foul of the media, or indeed a spiteful blogger.

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

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What our clients say

One client says: "They're highly competent, very professional and approachable, and clearly have an empathetic, human side. They have good, clear lines of communication and are very forthcoming."

Sources add: "They're very efficient at pre-empting matters that come up." Chambers 2018, Defamation/Reputation Management  

“Collyer Bristow LLP is ‘an established firm with well-deserved recognition in the space’ and is ‘able to consistently steer claims through to successful conclusions’. Its ‘superb team of lawyers’ is led by ‘well-known and highly regarded expert’ Steven Heffer. Other names to note include consultant Rhory Robertson, who is ‘an unflappable strategist and brilliant veteran of the field’, and senior associate Alex Cochrane, who ‘gains clients’ trust through a mixture of an authoritative yet friendly personality coupled with outstanding legal expertise’."

"Heffer remains prominent in the phone-hacking litigation, while Cochrane recently acted for Justin Lee Collins in a libel claim against News Group Newspapers concerning an article published in The Sun, and represented actress Sarah Lancashire in proceedings against Mirror Group Newspapers relating to the misuse of private information.” Legal 500 2017, Reputation management 

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