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David Engel

Addleshaw Goddard

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Much of the most effective reputation and privacy protection work is taking place behind closed doors, rather than in court,’ the statesman-like David Engel tells Spear’s.

The head of Addleshaw Goddard’s renowned global reputation and information practice advises a host of high-profile names, owner-managers and family offices. He has worked on a number of landmark cases, including the UK’s first internet libel case and one of the first privacy and data protection claims. ‘Addleshaw Goddard is almost unique in providing this specialist service with the backing of the strength in depth of a large and respected litigation department, and in a full service commercial firm with many complementary specialisms and our international offices,’ he explains.

‘Virtually none of this is offered by the smaller media law boutiques.’ It’s been another busy year for the department, which has enjoyed a second successive year of revenue growth, he reports. ‘As the internet and social media developed and came to dominate our lives, the scope of our work widened dramatically, and these days we are advising on everything from data breaches and cleaning up digital footprints to handling hostile political attention and crisis management.’