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A respected legal mind from libel to privacy, breaches of confidence and copyright and data protection cases, Boyd taught dyslexic children before training at a firm that acted for newspapers — protecting journalists’ sources and defending claims. Today he sits on the other side, acting for corporate figureheads, entrepreneurs, and HNWs in politics, medicine, law and the world of sport.

His media counterparties have taken a much harder line in their coverage of breaches of personal data in the past eighteen months: ‘You can draw a straight line from Morrisons to Moonpig and Talk Talk. The reporting has become much more aggressive,’ he says. ‘Newspapers are reflecting the general mood, and, quite rightly, they are demanding much greater protection.’

The media landscape may have been forever changed by the internet, but Schillings has adapted to deal with it. From cyber-security and investigations to data protection work, clients are dealt with under one roof — a very different approach from when Boyd first joined the firm in the early 2000s, before rejoining as a partner in 2015: ‘It’s so much more than convenient: it’s about speed and getting everyone around one table to solve a problem. There isn’t anyone else out there who straddles those two worlds the way we do.’

Peers unite in praise for Boyd, with one PR heavyweight saying: ‘He has a very fine mind, a real understanding of the media — including digital media, which baffles some lawyers we know — and a notably gentle and courteous style that conceals a razor-sharp intellect. Don’t be fooled by his gentle tone — he can be utterly ruthless when defending his clients. An excellent man to have on your side.’