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The best reputation lawyers for high-net-worth individuals

The best reputation lawyers for high-net-worth individuals

Welcome to the Spear’s ranking of the best reputation lawyers based in London and beyond. The list features our Top Ten, Top Recommended and Recommended reputation and privacy lawyers

For high-net-worth individuals (HNWs), reputation and privacy are valuable assets. When they are placed under threat – whether by the press, individuals on social media or other actors – the right lawyer can be indispensable.

A reputation lawyer can assist with matters of defamation, privacy, data protection and a number of other legal issues that can cause damage to an individual’s reputation, advising on the best strategy and course of action.

In the table below, we present our Top Ten, Top Recommended and Recommended reputation and privacy lawyers, along with their specialisms and notable clients. The Spear’s rankings are drawn up on the basis of peer nominations, telephone and face-to-face interviews, data supplied by law firms, as well as information gathered by the Spear’s editorial and research teams.

For readers of Spear’s, the 2021 edition of the rankings will look familiar. Many of our top flight lawyers remain unchanged. However, Paul Tweed of Tweed Law re-enters our top ten and boasts a high-calibre client-base, which has included everyone from Britney Spears to Sylvester Stallone. In our Top Recommended section, we introduce Jeremy Clarke-Williams, who heads up an impressive reputation management team at Penningtons Manches Cooper.

Alongside these rankings, Spear’s has taken a closer look at some of the key issues affecting reputation law today. We quiz Top Ten reputation lawyers including David Engel and Mark Stephens on the state of libel. We speak to top lawyers including Emma Woolcott about what to do when blackmailed and we take a look at some of the occasions where individuals that pursued a defamation case got it badly wrong.

Click on the individual names below to be directed to their profile on the new Spear’s 500 website. The table is ordered by rank and alphabetically by firm name.

RankingNameFirm NameFocus areaNotable clients
Top TenDavid EngelAddleshaw GoddardReputation and privacy
Top TenNigel TaitCarter-RuckTactical media litigationSir Elton John, Simon Cowell
Top TenJohn KellyHarbottle & LewisDigital reputation protectionMelania Trump, Madonna
Top TenGerrard TyrrellHarbottle & LewisReputation protectionThe Queen, Kate Moss
Top TenMark StephensHoward KennedyComplex, international disputesJulian Assange, Salman Rushdie
Top TenDominic CrossleyPayne Hicks BeachHigh profile litigationMax Mosley, Issam Hourani
Top TenJenny AfiaSchillingsMedia disputesJohnny Depp, Meghan Markle
Top TenGideon BenaimSimkinsReputation protectionSir Cliff Richard, Naomi Campbell
Top TenNiri ShanTaylor WessingMedia and IP litigationJay Z, Stephen Mitchell
Top TenPaul TweedTweed LawDefamation and IPLiam Neeson, Jennifer Lopez
Top RecommendedJames HeathAtkins ThomsonPhone hacking litigationSylvia Henry (Baby P case)
Top RecommendedClaire GillCarter-RuckDefamation and privacy litigationBoris Berezovsky
Top RecommendedDuncan LamontCharles Russell SpeechlysMedia litigationCoronation Street stars
Top RecommendedRoddy Chisholm-BattenClintonsDefamation and privacy litigationPrince Harry, Shane Richie
Top RecommendedDan TenchCMSPublic law and media disputesRupert Murdoch, Judith Vidal-Hall
Top RecommendedCharlotte HarrisKingsley NapleyHigh-profile clientsRebekah Vardy, Katie Hopkins
Top RecommendedMike BrookesLee & ThompsonHigh-profile clientsHis Highness Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco, Harry Styles
Top RecommendedEmma WoollcottMishcon de ReyaHigh-profile clients –
Top RecommendedHanna BashaPayne Hicks BeachDefamation, privacy, breach of confidenceFrank Bruno, Dr Daniel Poulter
Top RecommendedJeremy Clarke-WilliamsPenningtons Manches CooperDispute resolution, data protectionPeter Cruddas, PC Toby Rowland (plebgate)
Top RecommendedKeith SchillingSchillingsPrivacy and data protection
Top RecommendedJon OakleySimkinsReputation and crisis managementSir Cliff Richard, Albert Finney
Top RecommendedRazi MireskandariSimons Muirhead BurtonContentious matters in media –
Top RecommendedAlex McCreadyVardagsReputation and privacy
Top RecommendedJo SandersWithersGlobal reputationLaurence Fox, Novak Djokovic
Top RecommendedJulian PikeFarrer & CoReputation protectionThe FA, the Lawn Tennis Association
Top RecommendedMagnus BoydSchillingsMedia management –
RecommendedAbigail HealeyAddleshaw Goddard
RecommendedMark ThomsonAtkins ThomsonHacking claimsNaomi Campbell, Martin Sorrell
RecommendedGraham AtkinsAtkins ThomsonLibel litigationBoris Johnson, Michael Jackson
RecommendedPersephone Bridgman-BakerCarter-RuckPrivacy and reputation managementLance Bombardier Kerry-Ann Morris, Richard Burgon MP
RecommendedRebecca TomanCarter-RuckCross border media litigationPJS, Sarah Lynette Webb
RecommendedAntonia FosterCarter-RuckMedia litigationShehbaz Sharif
RecommendedAlasdair PepperCarter-RuckReputation protectionShehbaz Sharif
RecommendedAdam TudorCarter-RuckReputation protectionKate and Gerry McCann
RecommendedGeraldine ProudlerCMSRussian clientsLieutenant Colonel Pavel Karpov
RecommendedMarcus RutherfordEnyo LawReputation protectionChannel 4
RecommendedCallum GalbraithHamlinsHigh value damagesLord Sheikh
RecommendedChristopher HutchingsHamlinsReputation protectionMichael Douglas
RecommendedAmy BradburyHarbottle & LewisPrivacy and data protectionRussell Brand
RecommendedRyan DunleavyHarcus ParkerReputation protection
RecommendedSofia SyedKeystone LawReputation and employment
RecommendedRobin RathmellKobre & KimGlobal litigation
RecommendedPolly WilkinsKobre & KimCross border issues
RecommendedAndrew WillanPayne Hicks BeachMedia and privacy
RecommendedLucas MoorePayne Hicks BeachCommercial litigation and reputationBES Finance Ltd
RecommendedAdele AshtonPenningtons Manches CooperReputation protectionPeter Cruddas
RecommendedKeith MathiesonRPCReputation protectionMirror Group
RecommendedSteven TregearRussellsLitigation
RecommendedGillian DuffySchillingsReputation protection
RecommendedBen HobbsSchillingsReputation and privacy
RecommendedDavid ImisonSchillingsReputation and privacy
RecommendedAllan DunlavySchillingsInternational reputation
RecommendedRod Christie-MillerSchillingsInternational reputationDavid Walliams and Matt Lucas
RecommendedRachel AtkinsSchillingsReputation protectionThe Dysons
RecommendedTim RobinsonSchillingsReputation protection
RecommendedEmily CoxStewartsLitigation and crisis
RecommendedMichael YatesTaylor WessingContentious matters
RecommendedRory LynchVardagsReputation protectionMartin Lewis

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