Top reputation and privacy lawyers acting to protect our clients globally
Headed by top reputation and privacy lawyer, Alex McCready, the team combines an innovative approach to the law with experience of cases at the highest levels of reputation and privacy litigation. Offering advice and representation on a wide range of disputes related to defamation, privacy and the media, we can help you resolve and defend your personal and professional reputation. Whether you want to fight hard or negotiate swiftly, we can advise you and advance your case.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Preserving your reputation, safeguarding your privacy, Vardags’ expert lawyers stand ready to defend your best interests.
We provide advice to high-profile and high net-worth individuals and companies who find themselves at risk of having their reputations damaged by a threatened publication. We respond quickly and decisively to initial approaches by the media or any individuals who threaten to publish harmful and defamatory information. Our experienced team of media lawyers ensure our client’s reputations and privacy is protected and remains confidential by obtaining injunctions to stop the publication of defamatory material or private information.
We also assist our clients who are approached by the media or journalists to respond to enquiries to minimise or avoid any damage by the intended publication and the need to take further legal action post-publication which can be much more costly and time consuming. The media often provide very short timeframes for pre-publication enquiries. Our lawyers are trained to provide swift, accurate and precise advice and our training in crisis management ensures we are well placed to protect our client’s interests in the case of pre-publication enquiries and the threatened publication of false and defamatory information.
We help our clients when something false or defamatory has been published about them. We act for clients who are defamed in various different ways and on various different platforms, whether that be online on social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter, written about them in a newspaper or magazine, or said about them on television. We work tirelessly to restore our clients’ reputations to what it was before they were defamed by obtaining an apology and retraction from the publisher, whether it be the media or an individual and obtaining compensation for the damage to our clients’ reputation. We can also engage with relevant regulatory bodies such as IPSO on your behalf if the media do not conduct themselves in accordance with the relevant codes of conduct.
With the increased use and accessibility of social media, we also help our clients have defamatory material posted online on websites such as Facebook and Google removed by either engaging directly with the social media user or by engaging directly with the social media platform. We help clients who have been defamed by an anonymous person online to restore their reputation, by advising them on options available to them to reveal the identity of the anonymous person and take action against them personally.
Harassment is an incredibly serious issue which requires the swift, precise, and firm action. Our dedicated team of Reputation and Privacy lawyers are here to help you fight back. Our media lawyers are experienced in advising our clients in relation to all legal and reputational elements in harassment cases, including by obtaining an injunction against the perpetrator of the harassment.
Often the perpetrators of online harassment are anonymous which makes it difficult to take any action against them. We are experienced in uncovering the identity of anonymous perpetrators of harassment and advise our clients on the best legal options to hold perpetrators of all different forms of harassment accountable and to stop the conduct as soon as possible. Online harassment that is public can be damaging to the reputation of an individual or company so we are trained to move swiftly to ensure that the conduct ceases as soon as possible and to stop any further damage to our clients’ reputation.
Blackmail is an extremely sensitive matter that often requires swift and precise action. Our media lawyers are experienced in advising our clients in relation to all legal and reputational elements in blackmail cases, including obtaining an injunction against the perpetrator. Our experience in dealing with the media on political or commercial matters, as well as our relationship with our family and criminal law departments, ensures we are well equipped to deal with all forms of blackmail.
We advise individuals and businesses in relation to issues involving data and data regulation. For instance, we act for businesses when dealing with data to ensure that they are adhering to complex data protection regulations. We also bring claims on behalf of our clients for mishandling of their personal data as well as claims relating to data transfers, and act for clients to rectify their personal data if it is incomplete or inaccurate. We also advise our clients on their right to erasure of personal data also known as, ‘the right to be forgotten’ which allows an individual to have certain data deleted so that third persons can no longer trace them and applies in circumstances where an individual has a right to silence past events in life that are no longer occurring.
We also advise our clients in relation to making complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office if they are experiencing difficulties accessing their personal data or in relation to the way their data has been handled, and defend clients with respect to claims for breaches of UK data protection law.
Our lawyers are specialised in preparing for, identifying and responding to any disruptive or unexpected crises faced by both individuals and corporates. Our relationships with experts in cyber security, investigations, public relations and communications enables us to rapidly and effectively respond to any crisis faced by our clients. Our intelligence and investigation experts are skilled in providing support to our media lawyers and gathering and collating vital evidence in any reputational or privacy crisis.
We are experienced in dealing with and responding to media enquiries and managing adverse media coverage by engaging public relations and communications experts who are skilled in creating and maintaining a positive public image for individuals, groups and businesses.
At Vardags, we are sympathetic to the unique challenges facing our clients when it comes to protecting their reputation and privacy. Our founder and president, Ayesha Vardag, understands this all too well.
Ayesha’s wide recognition as being “Britain’s Top Divorce Lawyer” has led her to become a prominent public figure with all the trials this entails. Being regularly featured in the national press, Ayesha has become well versed in dealing with invasive media and protecting her own reputation from defamatory attacks.
Vardags’ elite reputation and media team have a wealth of experience in protecting our high-profile, high-net-worth clients on a wide range of matters. It is never too early nor too late to get some advice on your case. Arrange a free consultation today.
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We offer a free initial consultation to potential clients earning £300,000 per annum, or with at least £2 million in assets
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Alex McCready is a Partner at Vardags. As Head of Reputation & Privacy, she is widely respected for her leading expertise in this area. Regarded as “the definitive reputation and privacy lawyer” (Spears 500) and a “total star” (Legal 500), Alex advises prominent high net worth individuals, families, and corporate clients both in the UK and internationally.
Alex regularly acts for individuals and companies in times of crisis and is committed to helping clients manage complex problems sensitively and discreetly.
Gregory is a senior associate and solicitor advocate advising a wide range of clients on all aspects of litigation, private client, reputation and privacy. He has experience in the English High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as with overseas litigation and enforcement, often dealing with lawyers and advisers in different jurisdictions.
Alanah is a senior associate in our reputation and privacy department. She has extensive expertise advising on a range of reputational risk matters, including defamation, IP and sports related cases. Alanah advises a wide range of high profile and high net worth clients, including senior executives, sport stars, politicians, cosmetic doctors and surgeons.
*Foreign Qualified, Admitted in Australia only (practising under direct supervision of an authorised member of the Solicitors profession in England and Wales)
Isabella joined the Graduate Training Programme at Vardags in 2021. A year later, she began working in the Reputation and Privacy department, where she has gained experience in high-profile and high net worth cases involving:
- The press and social media
- Data breaches
- Invasion of privacy
- Criminal conduct including harassment and sexual offences
- Employment disputes.
She is now working as an Assistant Solicitor.