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Media Disputes

Our team of experienced specialists advises on all aspects of media-related dispute resolution.

In particular, we have a unique track-record in defending client companies in the television industry against legal action, and advising them on content prior to transmission to minimise risk.

This includes advice on defamation, privacy and confidentiality, as well as copyright and contempt of court issues, and also distribution and contractual disputes within the industry.

Additionally, the team advises on the impact of the Ofcom broadcasting and advertising codes, and they work closely with the firm’s Crisis Management team on cases where the expertise of both teams is needed.

Another of the Media Disputes team’s key areas of expertise is providing advice on ‘reputation management’ issues, which occur when corporate or individual clients are the subject of unwanted media attention, threatened or actual.

This involves rapid-reaction negotiation and action, most usually against the press and the proliferating range of social media on the internet, often at short notice and out-of-hours. The global nature of 21st century media means that this can involve coordinating international advice, and the team can also coordinate urgent criminal law advice.

Our Media Disputes team has been successful in achieving the primary aim of delivering speedy, discreet and effective resolution of issues wherever possible, without the need for expensive and often counter-productive litigation (and if appropriate, in conjunction with the Independent Press Standards Organisation).

Where litigation is the right option, the team has a strong reputation for winning cases on behalf of our clients. 

The team’s principal clients include ITV, BSkyB, ITN, The FA and Channel 4.


  • Acted for BSkyB in their 2014 trial win in Wade & Perry v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd [2014] EWHC 634 (Ch)
  • Acted for ITN and C4 in their libel win when sued by Enfield Police Officers.
  • Acting for high profile claimants from the world of television and sport in relation to phone-hacking by tabloid newspapers, including liaison with New Scotland Yard
  • Providing regular advice to The FA and its senior employees, including the England manager, especially in relation to intrusive conduct by journalists
  • Acted for England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson against the News of the World, successfully resolving a breach of privacy action (the “fake sheikh” entrapment case)
  • Acted for Channel 4 with Hardcash Productions in a successful libel action against the Police & the CPS over the “Undercover Mosque” Dispatches programme
  • Music related work includes acting for members of Oasis, Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran