Ensuring Disputes Don’t End in Disrepute

14 January 2016

Safeguarding a client’s reputation in the heat of litigation should be central to any litigation strategy. At a time when news can be syndicated around the globe before your client has even stepped outside the courtroom, it is critical that advisers prepare in advance for the reputational threats posed by litigation. In doing so, they will be better positioned to assess, predict and react to those threats facing their client.

Media interest will generally begin long before a trial begins, with commentary and coverage continuing long after it ends. Advisers to those involved in litigation proceedings must therefore take the steps to protect and minimise reputational damage caused by such media interest. So what to do?

First, acknowledge that the courtroom presents a great opportunity for journalists and detractors to spread private information about your client and their business. Media articles based on legal proceedings can include information which might ordinarily be protected from being published by privacy or libel laws. This means that it is extremely easy for the media to repeat damaging allegations or private information disseminated as part of a legal case. In addition, journalists will often tweet from inside the courtroom during proceedings; allowing details presented before the court to go far beyond the four walls of the courtroom.

To read Gillian's full article in Uno Magazine, click here.

Receive our monthly newsletter

About the Author

Gillian Duffy

Partner

Gillian’s expertise in commercial litigation sees her deal with complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Having practised as an Advocate, Gillian is able to bring her front line litigation skills to bear as a reputation defence lawyer.

646 934 6219
Our 24 hour number
646 934 6219
Legal information

© 2018 Schillings International LLP. SCHILLINGS is a trading name of Schillings International LLP and Schillings International (USA) LLP.

Schillings International LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registration number OC398731. A list of members of Schillings International LLP is available for inspection at our registered office 41 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3HX. Schillings International LLP is an Alternative Business Structure regulated and authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Schillings International (USA) LLP is a registered limited liability partnership organised and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware, United States of America, whose principal place of business is at One World Trade Center, Suite 8500, New York, NY 10007. We are registered as a foreign legal correspondent in the State of New York.


ATTORNEY ADVERTISING