Rory is a specialist in all areas of media litigation, with a particular emphasis on reputation management, defamation, privacy and data protection.
He acts for private individuals, many of whom have publicly prominent roles in industries as diverse as politics, music, sport, film and television. He also acts for HNW and UHNW individuals and families, including those from the international business community and royal houses.
In addition, Rory advises C-Suite executives and companies on the protection and management of their reputations and brands. Such clients range from UK-based SME’s to multi-national corporates as well as organisations such as governments, NGOs, charities, public broadcasters and publishers.
He has also developed a particular expertise in social media law, such as twitter libel (‘Twibel’), online bullying and correcting false entries on ‘Review’ websites.
How do you help clients
My aim is to safeguard the reputation, brands and privacy of my clients, often from the increasingly hostile and transient world of social and online media and platforms.
My pre-publication work ranges from correcting the record to blocking threatened press publication or television coverage, sometimes involving urgent injunctions. Post-publication work ranges from legal ‘Take Down Notices’ and amending the record to legal proceedings in the High Court. It can also involve liaising with the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and Ofcom. I often work in conjunction with PR and Communications experts to provide the most effective solution.
I assist clients in removing or minimising damaging online content, either with pre-emptive reputation ‘audits’ or via ‘crisis response’ measures. This can range from ‘Cease and Desist’ letters to disclosure orders and legal proceedings (including injunctions) against social media platforms, search engines, ‘fake news’ and ‘smear/attack’ websites and compliance ‘Know Your Client’ databases. I also have extensive experience dealing with online blackmail, extortion and harassment. I often work in conjunction with Intel and Cyber experts to uncover anonymous attackers.
I also advise clients on data protection issues, in particular utilising the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ and other relevant GDPR rights to remove online content and delist offending links from search engines. This work can include liaising with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and High Court proceedings.
- Acted for TV’s ‘Money Saving Expert’ Martin Lewis in his £3 million defamation settlement with Facebook regarding scam crypto currency adverts featuring his image without permission.
- Securing apologies and damages for numerous celebrity clients in the phone hacking litigation.
- Scuppering an anonymous online campaign of defamation and harassment against a member of a Middle-Eastern royal family and uncovering the identity of the culprit.
- Amending the profiles on compliance databases of Russian, African, South and Central American, Middle-Eastern and Asian clients who were incorrectly ‘red flagged’ (which was preventing them accessing banking and financing facilities).
- Derailing an online smear campaign that used attack websites and anonymous social media posts which were designed to lower the share price of a client who is a listed public company.
- Correcting press coverage of clients who were falsely linked to wrongdoing in the Panama, Paradise and Pandora Papers scandals.