Introduction to managing publicity
All solicitors are bound by a duty of client confidentially and court documents filed in proceedings cannot be disclosed to any party outside of the proceedings without permission of the court. However, since April 2009 the press have been able to attend all levels of court, including matters heard “in private” (subject to the court’s ability to restrict access where sensitive issues such as the welfare of children or the safety of a party are concerned). This media presence causes many politically sensitive or public figures to be nervous about letting their case get as far as the court door.
How Vardags can help with managing publicity
Vardags regularly acts for high profile or celebrity clients or cases that attract the public eye because they are groundbreaking or involve “big money”. We are therefore extremely experienced in dealing with the media in a manner sympathetic to our clients’ interests.
If you believe that your case may be of interest to the press and wish the details to remain confidential, we are able to advise you on how best to keep the matter out of the papers. Alternative dispute resolution within family law, such as private arbitration, is becoming more common and is of particular interest to clients who wish for matters to be dealt with discretely. Vardags acted in the first concluded arbitration in England. We are also able to obtain advice for high profile clients on the availability of ‘super-injunctions’, which prevent the press publishing specific personal information about them.
Where a party wants to speak to the press about their position, within the constraints of the duty of confidentiality in respect of information disclosed in the litigation, we are able to advise whether doing so is in their best interests, facilitate a meeting with one of our media contacts if required and comment where appropriate.
The first step is to arrange a meeting with one of our solicitors. Therefore, please call us on 020 7404 9390 or email us to make an appointment to come and see us.