Reputation and Media

"A Rolls-Royce service"

Chambers and Partners, High Net Worth Guide, 2021

"A superb team with considerable depth and experience, and a range of skills."

The Legal 500, 2022

"Outstanding knowledge and experience across all areas of media, data protection and privacy law."

The Legal 500, 2022

"Fantastic service"

Chambers and Partners, High Net Worth Guide, 2021

"They excel in dealing with complex matters at short notice and on an urgent basis"

The Legal 500, 2022

"Incredibly approachable, resilient, strategic and always fight for their clients"

Chambers and Partners, 2022

When allegations threaten your personal reputation or that of your business, it is imperative to obtain advice at the earliest possibility to avoid lasting damage. Our highly experienced team provides expert advice to individuals and businesses on complex media and reputation management matters.

We specialise in defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection law and provide emergency social media assistance. We are a ‘go-to’ firm in times of crisis for high profile individuals and leaders in the worlds of sport, entertainment, politics and business. We act for both claimants and defendants which provides us with the insight to resolve disputes as quickly and efficiently as possible for our clients.

Our team of leading reputation management lawyers has extensive experience in dealing with a vast range of reputational matters. Whether it is the first approach by a reporter with defamatory allegations about you or your business, a threat to disclose your personal or confidential business information or the removal of harmful online content, we are here to help you. Our reputation and media team is available at all times and on an emergency basis.


The work we undertake includes:

  • pre- and post-publication reputation advice
  • bringing and defending defamation claims
  • breach of privacy claims, including obtaining and resisting privacy injunctions
  • breach of confidence claims
  • harassment claims and blackmail threats, including online / social media attacks
  • data protection claims, including data breaches and right to be forgotten requests
  • individual and corporate reputation management, including online profile clean up
  • complaints to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), including ISPO Arbitration Claims
  • removal of damaging online content, including the publication of private and explicit information and photographs
  • removal of profiles from compliance databases


Kingsley Napley has a long history of acting in high profile matters where the media spotlight has been shone on our clients. When a crisis hits, clients and their advisors turn to us because we are uniquely placed to advise, whether that is in the glare of publicity or discreetly behind the scenes. Our vast experience means that we see not only the immediate crisis but also the long term ramifications for our clients.

Our reputation management lawyers work closely alongside Kingsley Napley’s top ranked criminal team, who act in the highest-profile criminal cases. We are therefore the most experienced media law team in the area of arrest, charge and trial reporting.  This experience sets us apart and we have vast knowledge of matters which bridge media, reputation and criminal law, such as blackmail and extortionharassment; and sexual misconduct. It can be imperative that clients understand these types of cases from both the civil and criminal perspective.

Sometimes our clients also require the help of our family, employment, and regulatory teams and we are uniquely placed to provide cross-practice reputation advice in related proceedings, such as public inquiries, employment disputes, regulatory or divorce cases. We work closely with our colleagues across the firm to deliver a seamless service to our clients and at very high speed.

Our clients also increasingly face allegations that cross borders by being published online, on social media and by media organisations in multiple jurisdictions. We work with our global network of media and criminal defence lawyers to find creative solutions to the myriad of reputational issues that our clients face and to protect them from the publication and spread of harmful allegations.

We provide our clients with clear advice about costs and the various ways of funding their legal representation, alongside strategic and commercial advice every step of the way.


  • Advising a high profile international sports person on defamation, privacy and data protection issues. 
  • Advising a global food business in relation to pre- and post-publication media advice.
  • Representing one of the UK’s most famous and loved television presenters in relation to intrusion into their private life.
  • Advising a high profile individual on privacy issues, including threatened publication by a well-known US publisher in breach of a High Court privacy injunction.
  • Advising a top British actor on protecting the privacy of his children, including the unauthorised publication of photographs.
  • Advising a high profile individual in relation to an alleged historic sexual assault.
  • Advising a prominent member of the House of Lords in relation to an investigation by the House of Lords Commissioner for Standards.
  • Acting for a high net worth businessman in making an application in the Court of Protection concerning access to documents on the court file.
  • Acting for a financial services company threatened with inclusion in a prime time television broadcast regarding allegations of wrongdoing, which resulted in it being omitted from the broadcast.
  • Advising a charity in relation to a privacy, fairness and due impartiality complaint to Ofcom in relation to a high profile TV programme.
  • Advising an educational institution on its intellectual property rights in relation to a former employee’s use of social media.
  • Advising a high profile billionaire in relation to complex business and family matters
  • Acting for an extremely successful businessman in relation to harassment and privacy issues.
  • Acting for the head of a Family Office in relation to false allegations of financial misconduct published in the media in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advising the founder and former CEO of a publicly listed company on reputational issues arising from allegations of financial misconduct.
  • Acting for a telecommunications company in relation to claims made by a broadcaster that they had engaged in illegal activity, which resulted in it being omitted from the broadcast.
  • Acting for a businessman being blackmailed and harassed in relation to an allegation of sexual assault made in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Acting for a former Prime Minister in a data protection and libel claim.
  • Advising a former international politician in a claim against compliance database provider
  • Acting for a businessman being blackmailed and harassed by his former wife.
  • Advising a Swiss financier in relation to a harassment and privacy issue.
  • Acting for a minor in relation to a serious data breach by an organisation that published material containing their sensitive personal data.
  • Advising a client in the successful resolution of an IPSO Arbitration dispute against a national newspaper.
  • Advising a doctor subject to regulatory proceedings on inaccurate media reporting.
  • Advising a senior figure in the financial sector in relation to threatened newspaper coverage of a regulatory investigation.



good team with all-round experience."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

Kingsley Napley LLP’s ‘energetic and fearless approach means it is never afraid of the fight no matter how long or difficult it is"

Legal 500, 2017 

I would not hesitate to recommend the firm to others. Their particular strength is their client service, and intimate knowledge of their area of expertise."

Chambers UK, 2017

Kingsley Napley LLP’s ‘extremely good and highly professional’ reputation management team frequently supports its criminal and regulatory practice in cases involving high-profile individuals."

Legal 500, 2016

The best thing about the firm is the level of care and quality of advice." 

 Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

Kingsley Napley LLP’s ‘extremely good and highly professional’ reputation management team frequently supports its criminal and regulatory practice in cases involving high-profile individuals."

Legal 500, 2016


A superb team with considerable depth and experience, and a range of skills. They go the extra mile, making themselves available to clients around the clock and at short notice."

The Legal 500, 2022

The Kingsley Napley Reputation and Media team has outstanding knowledge and experience across all areas of media, data protection and privacy law. They excel in dealing with complex matters at short notice and on an urgent basis."

The Legal 500, 2022

The team has an excellent combination of highly experienced partners (including Helen Morris and Charlotte Harris) and dynamic associates (including Rosa Malley and Sian Akerman). In my experience they are highly responsive and efficient, and they excel in attending to the needs of their clients.’

The Legal 500, 2022

They are extremely impressive – speedy in reaction, dexterous, wise, client-friendly, tough but fair"

Chambers and Partners, High Net Worth Guide, 2021

a Rolls-Royce service."

Chambers and Partners, High Net Worth Guide, 2021

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