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Graham Shear

“The reputation of successful individuals is one of their greatest assets. Protecting against defamatory comments is of paramount importance.” - Graham Shear, Partner – Head of International, Litigation and Corporate Risk

Privacy & reputation protection

Your reputation and your information - both personal and business - are equally assets and targets. We help wealth owners protect both. 

For example, in the last four years, we have advised on over 100 privacy-related matters, including 12 injunctions (advising on many more), to protect against publication of defamatory and confidential materials, data leaks and other reputational attacks.

Specifically, we have provided advice to high profile individuals, their families and representatives on how to control and protect their personal and business information and what to do when it is misused. Examples include:

  • Privacy advice and litigation;
  • Advice on data protection and information security;
  • Dealing with data breaches;
  • Protection of legal privilege;
  • Protection of trade secrets;
  • Defamation advice;
  • Protection from harassment;
  • Use and abuse of social media;
  • Litigation involving mainstream media;
  • Public relations; and
  • Crisis management.

Case studies

  • Securing wealth image

    Confidential information kept out of divorce proceedings

    Confidential information was taken from our client as she was going through a divorce, and was going to be used against her in the divorce proceedings.

    We made an urgent – and successful – application to the court: the materials were returned to our client and the information was kept out of the divorce proceedings.

  • Family image

    A firm response will help protect your online reputation

    Our high profile client had valuable image rights — a person’s rights to their image and other unique characteristics — and was the subject of a number of defamatory articles in a newspaper’s online and print editions.

    We issued a claim against the newspaper: they retracted the offending online statements and published a correction in print. This rapid, firm response should make other publications think twice before they publish anything derogatory about our client.

  • Wealth protection image

    Confidential information needs to be protected from hackers and humans

    Our client wanted to keep information about her family and business-wealth confidential.

    We reduced the number of people who had access to this data, and the amount of data they could access.  We then put strict confidentiality agreements in place – for both office and household staff. Finally, we brought in a digital expert to tighten up online security.

“Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP ‘does excellent work’ for clients that include voicemail interception victims and beneficiaries of the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling”

Legal 500 2015 – Defamation and privacy

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