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Commercial Reputation Protection

Protecting your reputation nationwide

What is involved?

Our dedicated IP & Media team helps international and multi-national businesses, SMEs, public bodies and charities, across all market sectors, whether claimant or defendant, manage and protect their reputation nationwide.

Our expertise in this arena comprises the full range of media law, practice and business strategy that comes into play in any given commercial threat scenario affecting reputation.

This includes defamation (libel and slander), trade libel (malicious falsehood), harassment, misuse of private information, breach of confidence; and breach of personal data processing & cyber security obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 and its new 2018 replacement following GDPR implementation.

Our service is aimed at managing and protecting your reputation in accordance with your commercial objectives and covers pre and post publication advice, strategy and dispute resolution across all internal and external threats affecting a commercial organisation including:

Why choose Freeths?

We offer a high quality, cost-efficient and solutions driven approach in the management and protection of your reputation. Our expertise is well-rounded because we act for businesses and individuals alike, and on all sides of the reputation debate. This enables us to see solutions where others do not.

Our national status (comprising 11 city offices) also means that we can draw upon a significant pool of outstanding commercial expertise from IT and employment through to corporate and regulatory law, where required, to help solve your crisis.

We consider that we offer excellent value for money in this arena compared to our competition.

Call our experienced team of Intellectual Property lawyers to find out more.

Internal threats

  • Pre-publication risk of your organisation saying something defamatory about others
  • Libel and privacy risks arising from online content including business social media and YouTube channels
  • Risk of misleading advertising and marketing
  • Personal data leaks caused by rogue employees and cyber security issues
  • Your organisation’s CCTV & photography use
  • Product recall issues affecting reputation

External threats

  • Defamations in the print, broadcast or online media
  • Libels, slanders and malicious falsehoods by competitors and others with an axe to grind
  • Attack websites & social media accounts set up to disparage your organisation
  • Online & social media abuse and harassment of your organisation and its employees
  • The problem of the anonymous defendant
  • Personal and sensitive data leaks caused by external cyber attacks
  • Investigations by the ICO
  • Bad leaver risks
  • Infringement of your intellectual property, confidential information and trade secrets
  • Media intrusion and requests for comments
  • Inaccurate press and broadcast reporting
Meet the team

Commercial Reputation Protection Lawyers

Paul Balen

Paul Balen

0845 050 3289

Simon Barker - IP Partner

Simon Barker

0845 634 2583

Ciaran Dearden
Senior Associate

0114 263 9438

Joanna Kawalec, Solicitor

Joanna Kawalec

0845 166 6251

Lloyd Lane, Solicitor

Lloyd Lane

0845 404 1730

Kishan Pattni, Senior Associate

Kishan Pattni
Senior Associate

0845 070 3811

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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