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Abby Stanglin

Director

Abby Stanglin draws on 18 years’ of experience in the intelligence sector in New York and London, most recently at Nardello & Co.  Abby has successfully run strategic intelligence projects and complex international litigation support on behalf of sovereign wealth funds, Fortune 500 corporates, hedge funds and government clients.  Abby has completed Advanced Covert Surveillance (ACS) training, a programme in International Art Crime Studies and holds an MA in Global Security Studies.  She is ranked as a Notable Practitioner in Chambers & Partners Business Intelligence and Investigations Guide 2023.

London
Director
Crisis Management
Intel
Investigations
strategic intelligence
Risk Advisory

Adam Wilkinson

Director

Adam Wilkinson leads Critical Risks, our unit that deals with digital and physical security risks and co-ordinates our private diplomacy missions.   These scenarios include dealing with blackmail and other extortion, kidnap, fixated person risk, hacking, ransomware attacks, hostile surveillance and transnational aggression by states.   Adam has a military background and provides calm, expert support to clients in stressful situations, or contingency planning expertise for clients who want to avoid them.

London
Director
Crisis Management
Critical Risk
Cyber Security Advisory
Extortion
Physical Security

Aditya Vasudevan

Associate

Aditya Vasudevan is an experienced litigator, specialising in the law of defamation, libel, privacy and intellectual property.  Aditya is dual-qualified in Australia and New Zealand where he previously worked at top tier law firms, assisting multinational corporations, government departments, and high-profile sports people.  He also worked with local artists, writers, filmmakers, and musicians at a specialist community legal centre in Australia.

London
Associate
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Aleksandra Trajkovic

Director

Aleksandra Trajkovic is an experienced intelligence expert, skilled in managing complex and sensitive investigations spanning jurisdictions and involving disputes, litigation support, reputational risk, asset tracing, due diligence and market entry assessments.  These necessitate both open and human source intelligence gathering.  As a former political advisor in a post-conflict setting, Aleksandra has rich expertise in the nuances and inner workings of politics across jurisdictions, which is invaluable in her specialist work in private diplomacy.  Aleksandra is a native speaker of Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serbian, speaks fluent Italian, near-fluent French, and has working knowledge of Spanish, Catalan, Macedonian and Slovenian.

London
Director
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Alexander Shaw

Director

Director, Schillings Communications

Alexander Shaw is a global campaigns, communications and issues management specialist with over twelve years’ experience working in multiple markets around the world.  He has worked at Edelman and Teneo, including in the Middle East.  His expertise lies in crisis and issues management, mega-event planning and delivery, sustainability, international development and geo-political affairs.   Alexander has led projects and programmes for a variety of government, corporate and third sector clients, most recently working on COP28 and the Qatar World Cup. He speaks Arabic and Persian.

London
Director, Schillings Communications
Crisis Management
Investigations
Risk Advisory
Privacy Threats
Geopolitics

Allan Dunlavy

Partner

Allan Dunlavy has a wealth of legal and advisory experience assisting clients to resolve high stakes situations, with a background in commercial, media, privacy and intellectual property litigation.

He leads our US office and has a particular focus on clients in the United States and Central, Latin and South America. He has an interest in the resilience of online profiles and in helping clients enforce their privacy rights and protect their data against social media platforms and other Big Tech companies.  

Allan is recognised in the Spear’s 500 Best Reputation and Privacy Lawyers Index for 2024.  He features as a Tier 1 specialist in his field in the Private Client Global Elite Directory.

Miami
Partner
Digital Resilience
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation

Ben Hobbs

Partner

Ben Hobbs is a leading reputation and privacy lawyer, drawing on 15 years of litigation experience to help guide FTSE 100 companies and business-owners through high stakes reputational crises and opportunities.

Ben specialises in defamation, privacy, harassment and intellectual property issues.  He leads multidisciplinary teams of lawyers, investigators and communications advisers to help clients solve complex problems and navigate to successful strategic outcomes.

Ben is ranked amongst the Best Reputation & Privacy Lawyers Index for 2024 in the Spear’s 500, and features in the Citywealth Leaders List.

London
Partner
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel

Brett Reynolds

Partner

Partner, Chief Operating & Financial Officer

Brett Reynolds leads finance, operations, IT, risk management and compliance for Schillings. He is responsible for financial and operational performance and growth.  Previously a board director of a large, fast-growing international media group, Brett brings a wealth of experience driving strategic turnover and profit growth. His responsibilities include selecting, negotiating and integrating acquisitions, evaluating organic growth opportunities and improving operational efficiency, revenue, costs and margins. He has a ‘Big Four’ professional services background and is a Chartered Accountant.

London
Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Partner
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel

Brittany Damora

Deputy Director

Brittany Damora is a member of our Critical Risks unit.  She has extensive experience in international crisis response and security risk mitigation, advising those with high-risk global exposures, international families, corporations and governments on a range of security threats, as well as leading incident response teams. Brittany is a kidnap for ransom and counter-extortion specialist with over fifteen years’ experience working across the globe in complex and high stakes scenarios.

London
Deputy Director
Crisis Management
Critical Risk
Cyber Security Advisory
Extortion
Physical Security

Caroline Marshall

Associate

Caroline Marshall is a lawyer with expertise in helping high profile individuals and businesses protect their privacy and reputation, covering areas of law such as defamation, libel, privacy and data protection. Caroline has a background in commercial disputes and is a skilled litigator with particular experience in international business disputes involving Japan and the wider Asia-Pacific region.   Caroline is business proficient in Japanese.  She is passionate about improving access to the legal profession and is a mentor with the Law Society Diversity Access Scheme, a programme which supports talented aspiring solicitors from less advantaged backgrounds.

London
Associate
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Charlotte Watson

Senior Legal Advisor

Charlotte Watson is a seasoned libel, defamation and privacy lawyer with thirty years’ experience in the reputation, privacy and security environment. She brings a balanced perspective to her work – poacher and gamekeeper – having worked both for claimants and in-house with media organisations.  Charlotte leads the Schillings Art Task Force, which focuses on high stakes situations involving art transactions.  

London
Senior Legal Advisor
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Claire Greaney

Senior Associate

Claire Greaney is an experienced media lawyer, providing expert legal advice on defamation, libel privacy and data protection on Southern Hemisphere time.  She is a key part of Schillings' ’‘follow the sun’ 24/7 service model.  With a breadth of experience as a commercial litigator, Claire assists high profile individuals and multinational companies on pre- and post-publication matters, as well as pre-emptive reputation and privacy and protection solutions.  Claire is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand.

Auckland
Senior Associate
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

David Imison

Partner

Partner & Chief Executive Officer

David Imison leads Schillings and is responsible for the strategic growth of the business as it expands internationally and widens its multidisciplinary operations.   He is also an experienced handler of high stakes situations, having spent ten years working with our clients before assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer. 

A former ‘Big Four’ Advisor, David features in the Spear’s 500 as a leading figure in the 2024 Best Reputation Managers Index and is recognised in the Citywealth Leaders List.

London
Chief Executive Officer and Partner
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel

Dina Fahmy

Associate

Dina Fahmy specialises in defamation and privacy law and crisis management matters, and also advises on intellectual property, data protection and confidentiality issues.  She has particular experience advising global clients in complex, multi-jurisdictional, high value commercial and intellectual property litigation.

London
Associate
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Emily Mitcheson

Senior Associate

Emily is an experienced lawyer, with core experience in libel, defamation and privacy cases.  She has also run complex harassment proceedings and has a rich commercial background, drawn from a range of sectors including, including digital marketing, retail, sports, and finance.  Emily is recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ in the Legal 500 2023.

London
Senior Associate
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Emily White

Junior Analyst

Emily White is a member of our Critical Risks unit.  As well as working on core security tasks including counter-extortion, counter surveillance and dealing with data breaches, Emily has a particular focus on cases with a geo-political context, including transnational repression and navigating conflict and post conflict situations.

London
Junior Analyst
Crisis Management
Critical Risk
Cyber Security Advisory
Extortion
Physical Security

George Pascoe-Watson

Partner

Partner, Schillings Communications

George Pascoe-Watson is a founding partner of Schillings Communications LLP.

He is a former Political Editor of The Sun newspaper and Chairman at Portland Communications.  George has deep experience as a strategic adviser to high profile individuals, sporting and political leaders, and the boards and C-Suite of some of the world’s largest companies and organisations. These span the defence, pharmaceuticals, transport, major infrastructure, regulated utilities, professional services, FMCG and energy sectors. He draws on a wide network in the media, politics, and corporate life, as well as years of strategic communications experience.

George is featured in the Spear’s 500 2024 Best Reputation Managers Index.

London
Partner, Schillings Communications LLP
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel

Gillian Duffy

Partner

Gillian Duffy is a leading reputation lawyer and international crisis manager.

Drawing on her background in libel and privacy law and as an off-shore litigator, she helps ultra-high-net-worth families and international companies handle high stakes situations. These include mass data leaks like the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers, and immediate response to false or inaccurate allegations and threats of publication.

Gillian is recognised as a key practitioner in the Legal 500 Reputation Management guide and is listed in the Spear’s 500 Best Reputation & Privacy Lawyers Index for 2024.  She is also ranked in the Citywealth Leaders List.

London
Partner
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel

Giulia Valeri

Senior Analyst

Giulia Valeri is an experienced intelligence gatherer and investigator with a track record of successful open source investigations , conducting due diligence, hostile actor research and asset valuations and tracing operations.  Giulia speaks Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

London
Senior Analyst
Crisis Management
Investigations
Risk Advisory
Privacy Threats
Geopolitics

Hind Habib

Senior Legal Advisor

Hind Habib is a senior media lawyer, with a long track record in defamation, privacy and data protection law.  As well as providing expert pre- and post-publication advice on media issues and privacy protection advice, Hind is also adept at helping clients protect their intellectual property.  Hind is a Rising Star in the Private Client Global Elite.

London
Senior Legal Advisor
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Hope Watson

Associate

Hope Watson is an experienced intelligence specialist with recent experience of large, complex and pan-jurisdictional litigation, involving complex open source intelligence collection, rigorous analysis and network mapping. Hope has also conducted witness identification and interviewing, both in the UK and overseas, and worked on trial preparation, witness profile reports and the deep analysis of disclosure documents.

London
Associate
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Jack Ryan

Senior Analyst

Jack Ryan is an intelligence analyst who works on a range of investigations for clients in high stakes situations. He has particular experience in the Middle East and in both Islamist and Far Right terrorism, as well as geo-political analysis. He has worked as a qualitative consultant within the alternative assets sector, conducting due diligence and reputation studies for several private equity and infrastructure clients. Jack has worked in the Afghanistan and Pakistan Studies department at Washington DC’s Middle East Institute, where he covered analysis of regional fiscal policy, security and trade.

London
Senior Analyst
Crisis Management
Investigations
Risk Advisory
Privacy Threats
Geopolitics

James English

Senior Associate

James English is Head of Search in Schillings' digital resilience practice.  James provides clients with expert analysis of search landscapes, insights that drive strategy, and the delivery of digital campaigns that protect and enhance clients’ online reputations.   He is an expert in digital asset development, website optimisation, harmful content management and generative AI search optimisation.  With over 13 years’ experience in Search Engine Optimisation and content marketing, James has led organic growth programmes for scale ups, public broadcasters, and FTSE 500 businesses.

London
Head of Search
Crisis Management
Strategic Communications
Digital Resilience
Digital Communications
Reputation Management/Defence

Jamie Fenton

Director

Director, Schillings Communications

Jamie Fenton is a reputation management and corporate communications specialist.  He advises clients on all aspects of their strategic communications, including global campaigns, media relations and crisis support.  His experience spans several sectors including FMCG, technology, transport and sustainability: companies, brands and individuals.  Previously, Jamie was a partner at Portland Communications where he ran the team covering international sports and athletes.

London
Director, Schillings Communications
Crisis Management
Strategic Communications
Digital Resilience
Digital Communications
Reputation Management/Defence

Jason Frydman

Senior Associate

Jason is an experienced lawyer who specialises in defamation and privacy law and commercial litigation. This blend of experience in commercial and media litigation is invaluable in working with clients who need to protect their reputations in a complicated business context.  Jason is also qualified in Australia.

London
Senior Associate
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Jenny Afia

Partner

Jenny Afia is an award-winning privacy and reputation lawyer and leads Schillings’ entertainment practice.

Outside of client work, Jenny campaigns for stronger protection for children online.  As a member of the Children’s Commissioner’s Digital Task Force, she re-wrote social media platforms’ terms and conditions so children can understand them.  Jenny also co-authored the 5Rights report: ‘Disrupted Childhood: The Cost of Persuasive Design,’ and is a trustee of Common Sense Media UK, a leading organisation dedicated to improving the lives of children in the digital world.

Jenny is ranked as a Tier 1 leader in her field by Chambers & Partners, and has been inducted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame.  She has been recognised in Billboard’s Top Music Lawyers for three years in a row and features in the exclusive ‘Top Flight’ tier of the 2024 Spear’s 500 for leading Reputation & Privacy lawyers.  

London
Partner
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel

Joe Mooney

Associate

Joe is a senior intelligence specialist with a focus on Central Asia.  He works on a wide range of cross-jurisdictional intelligence projects including litigation support, asset tracing, corruption exposés, and reputation protection for successful individuals and businesses. Having lived and studied in Eastern Europe for several years, Joe is fluent in Russian and has working proficiency in Ukrainian and Polish.

London
Associate
Crisis Management
Investigations
Risk Advisory
Privacy Threats
Geopolitics

Joelle Rich

Partner

Joelle Rich is a reputation and privacy lawyer and experienced global crisis manager. She leads Schillings’ Privacy by Design consultation process, to help our clients limit their exposure using pro-active, intelligence-led measures.

Joelle also protects our clients during public crises that threaten unwarranted intrusion and media attention. These include complex smear campaigns using online platforms and AI, and blackmail and extortion attempts on clients and their families. She supports talent and other clients in the public eye, especially those connected with the US West Coast, where she has extensive experience devising bespoke reputation strategies to navigate high stakes situations.

Joelle is recognised in the Spear’s 500 Best Reputation & Privacy Lawyers Index for 2024 and has been recognised in Citywealth’s Future Leaders Awards.

London
Partner
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel

John Curtin

Senior Associate

John Curtin is a senior media lawyer with substantial experience managing the reputational aspects of business-critical issues for both prominent individuals and international companies. John has a particular interest in pre-emptive reputation strategies and managing crises. Dual qualified in Ireland and England, John previously worked as a commercial litigation solicitor in Dublin.

London
Senior Associate
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Josh Leigh

Director

Josh Leigh leads the Schillings digital resilience practice.  This unit provides proactive and reactive projects to improve and strengthen clients’ online reputations as reflected in search results, on social media and via AI.   An expert in multi-territory digital resilience strategies, Josh has an industry-wide reputation for creative and scientific approaches – combined with communications skills – to digital profile challenges, using the latest techniques.  Josh previously worked at communication consultancies Hawthorn, Digitalis, Edelman and Havas.

London
Director
Crisis Management
Strategic Communications
Digital Resilience
Digital Communications
Reputation Management/Defence

Juliet Young

Partner

Juliet Young draws on over 20 years of experience in corporate intelligence, investigations, and reputation management. She has a background in complex investigations across multiple jurisdictions in support of litigation, or to help our clients counter hostile campaigns. Regarded as one of the leading investigative experts amongst her peers, Juliet provides strategic counsel and support in relation to crisis management and litigation decisions. She is adept at knowing where to collect crucial information and how best to use it to our clients’ advantage.

Juliet was awarded the prestigious Band 1 ranking by Chambers & Partners for their 2023 Litigation Support guide. She features as a leading Reputation Manager in the Spear’s 500 and the Private Client Global Elite Directory for 2024.  

London
Partner
Crisis Management
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel
Private Diplomacy

Keith Schilling

Partner

Founder

Keith Schilling founded Schillings in 1984. He is regarded as an eminent practitioner in the fields of reputation and privacy law, credited with creating a right of privacy in England following a landmark ruling by the House of Lords in 2004.   With a long history in libel, defamation, privacy, data protection and commercial litigation, Keith’s strategic and visionary counsel is sought by many international corporations and high profile individuals.

Keith is ranked as a leader in his field in Chambers & Partners, the Spear’s 500 Best Reputation & Privacy Lawyers Index, and the Citywealth Leaders List.

London
Partner
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel

Kya Hany

Graduate Analyst

Kya Hany is an intelligence analyst who provides open source intelligence collection services to clients as they navigate their high stakes situations.  These services include online investigations, due diligence, human terrain analysis and threat actor mapping.  Kya is fluent in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Russian.   Her work often has a focus on the Middle East and North Africa.

London
Graduate Analyst
Crisis Management
Investigations
Risk Advisory
Privacy Threats
Geopolitics

Lauren Arthur-Davies

Director

Director, Schillings Communications

For more than a decade, Lauren Arthur-Davies has provided strategic reputation consultancy to clients across a range of sectors, spanning retail, transport, technology and FMCG.  She is an expert in issues and crisis management, in-depth and qualitative research, narrative development, communication strategies,  insight and proactive campaigning.  Lauren was previously at Teneo and Fishburn Hedges.  She has run a UK press office for a social media client facing intense stakeholder scrutiny.  She also worked in Brussels for ‘Europe’s World,’ a current affairs magazine by the think tank, Friends of Europe.  Lauren is a trained focus group moderator.

London
Director, Schillings Communications
Crisis Management
Strategic Communications
Digital Resilience
Digital Communications
Reputation Management/Defence

Lauren Barr

Associate

Lauren Barr is an experienced intelligence expert, specialising in conducting technical open-source investigations with complex data analysis, producing high quality intelligence reports for senior decision makers. An ex-British Army officer, Lauren has also worked for NATO and in government intelligence roles; previously leading a threat analysis team in the multi-agency London situation centre. She is an expert in crisis and incident management.

London
Associate, Head of Research
Crisis Management
Investigations
Risk Advisory
Privacy Threats
Geopolitics

Leila Khaze

Associate

Leila Khaze is an experienced lawyer, specialising in helping individuals and families in the public eye to protect their privacy and reputation, both proactively and in times of crisis. This work covers cases involving defamation, adverse media attention, stalking, blackmail, and harassment.  With a background in commercial and banking litigation, Leila is a skilled litigator with international experience working with high profile individuals and businesses.  Leila is a fluent Farsi speaker.  She is also qualified in Australia and as a barrister in Canada.  

London
Associate
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Lily Kennett

Partner

Lily Kennett draws on a rich background that spans investigative journalism and over a decade in corporate intelligence and investigations.

She works closely with business leaders and prominent individuals to inform strategy during high stakes situations and advises on remediation and long-term approaches to reputation for those in the public eye.  She spearheads Schillings’ pro bono programme, which supports a range of NGOs and individuals working to counter online abuse as well as misinformation and disinformation campaigns online.

Lily received a prestigious Band 2 ranking in Chambers & Partners Litigation Support Guide 2023 as a key practitioner in her field. She is also are commended Reputation Manager in the Spear’s 500 2024 – the ‘bible’ of ultra-high-net-worth advisers  and is recognised in Citywealth’s Leaders List.

London
Partner
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel

Lord Browne of Madingley

Advisory Board

Lord Browne was Group Chief Executive of BP plc from 1995-2007. He was knighted in 1998 and made a crossbench life peer in 2001. He is currently Chairman of BeyondNetZero, a climate growth equity venture. He is also Chairman of The Courtauld Institute of Art, Chairman of the Francis Crick Institute, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, and Co-Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology.

London
Chairman
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Madeleine Moore

Analyst

Madeleine Moore is an intelligence analyst and investigator, with a range of open source intelligence collection and research skills optimised to find crucial information to help our clients make decisions in high stakes situations, especially with political dimensions, and those with the Middle East and North Africa in the background.   Madeleine is fluent in Arabic, Farsi and French.

London
Analyst
Crisis Management
Investigations
Risk Advisory
Privacy Threats
Geopolitics

Matthew Denton

Associate

Matthew is a skilled lawyer who specialises in reputation management, privacy and defamation cases.  With experience working for claimants and defendants, Matthew also has a background  in intellectual property, public law and commercial litigation.  Matthew is also qualified as a solicitor in New Zealand.  

London
Associate
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Matthew Powell

Partner

Matthew Powell is a member of Schillings’ executive team, responsible for delivering a range of projects in support of our growth and acquisition strategy. He leads on key aspects of the firm’s marketing and client service approach, as well as the integration of our expanding set of capabilities.

Matthew’s experience spans the corporate world, private equity, family offices and the public sector.  He was chief of staff to Lord Browne of Madingley for almost a decade, and part of the team which founded BeyondNetZero, a multibillion-dollar private equity fund focussed on climate solutions.

London
Partner
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel

Michaela Janu

Associate

Michaela Janu is an experienced lawyer specialising in reputation, privacy and data protection matters.  She provides advice on pre- and post- publication media enquiries and articles, misuse of private information, data breaches, intellectual property and media litigation.  She has worked on many large, complex multidisciplinary matters.  She has a strong complementary background in commercial law. Michaela is also admitted to practice as a solicitor in Australia.

London
Associate
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Natasha Hibbert

Director

Natasha Hibbert is a senior media lawyer with a wealth of experience advising clients in relation to pre- and post-publication matters and all aspects of defamation, privacy, confidence, harassment and data protection.  These legal skills are deployed on multidisciplinary mandates for a wide range of clients, including corporates, financial institutions, brands, family offices and individuals, both in and out of the public spotlight. Natasha is recognised in the Legal 500.

London
Director
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Nick Brough

Associate

Nick Brough practices as a lawyer advising on pre- and post-publication media engagement, privacy, data protection and other legal services relevant to the protection of reputation, privacy and security.  Originally a criminal defence solicitor, his broad experience of handling major criminal work, including robustly defending clients in court, gives him an edge in advising clients on their high stakes threats and opportunities.  

London
Associate
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Phil Hartley

Partner

Phil Hartley is a media lawyer and litigator, with extensive experience in defamation, privacy law, data protection, counter-harassment, confidentiality and intellectual property.  Phil has a particular interest, and a depth of experience, in cases related to the protection of data.  His legal work is set within the context of multidisciplinary approaches to high stakes threats and opportunities.

Phil has been ranked as a 'rising star' in the Super Lawyers Directory and features in the 2024 Spear’s 500 Best Reputation & Privacy Lawyers Index.

London
Partner
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel

Phil Lawson

Consultant

Phil Lawson is an experienced business intelligence expert and investigator, with a focus on open source intelligence collection for litigation, due diligence and investigations of hostile third parties.  Phil has a particular interest in asset tracing, and has worked on cases against sovereign states, multinational companies and high-net-worth individuals.  Phil also has a background in corporate communications.  He is fluent in German and Russian.

London
Consultant
Crisis Management
Investigations
Risk Advisory
Privacy Threats
Geopolitics

Rachel Atkins

Partner

Rachel is a leading lawyer specialising in reputation and privacy. Acting for private clients, corporates, and entrepreneurs from the UK and around the world, Rachel is called on in high stakes situations to manage complex cases and the strong personalities involved.  She is an experienced litigator, applying calmness, balance and objectivity to her cases.  Rachel is often asked to lead corporate internal enquiries, particularly where public scrutiny is intense.  

Rachel is featured in Chambers’ Defamation and Reputation Management directory and recognised by Legal 500 as a leading individual. She is ranked in the prestigious Spear’s Best Reputation & Privacy Lawyers Index 2024, and features in the Citywealth Leaders List.  She is also amongst the winners of the 2024 Citywealth Powerwomen Awards, and features is ranked Tier 1 in the Private Client Global Elite Directory.

London
Partner
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel

Robert Hannigan CMG

Advisory Board

A former Director of the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Robert Hannigan oversaw the development of the UK’s first Cyber Security Strategy and the creation of the National Cyber Security Centre. In addition to his appointment to the Schillings advisory board, Robert is a Senior Adviser to McKinsey & Co.

London
Member
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Rod Christie-Miller

Partner

Partner & Chairperson

Rod Christie-Miller is an experienced litigator with decades of work in the areas of law related to reputation, privacy and security. He has acted for a wide range of corporations, brands, governments, and public figures, with a particular focus on the intersection of international business, politics, and geopolitical risks.  Rod is the Executive Chair of Schillings.

Rod is ranked as a leader in his field in Chambers & Partners and the Spear’s 500 Power List.

London
Executive Chairman and Partner
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel

Sam Ahuja

Partner

Sam Ahuja is an experienced litigator whose legal work covers a range of defamation, libel, privacy and  intellectual property issues. He brings that legal expertise into broad multidisciplinary strategies to help handle the high stakes situations faced by our clients.   Sam has also served as in-house counsel to a challenger bank.  

Sam is ranked in the Citywealth Leaders List, the Spear’s500 Best Reputation & Privacy Lawyers Index, and was previously listed in the Super Lawyers Directory.

London
Partner
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel

Sarah Alawi

Senior Associate

Sarah Alawi is an experienced litigator and adviser on privacy, defamation and reputation matters.   She can advise on pre- and post-publication advice, media intrusion, regulatory investigations and legal reforms.  Sarah holds an LLM from Harvard Law School where she specialised in privacy law and dispute resolution.   She has worked as a commercial litigator at a magic circle law firm and a leading boutique litigation firm and has clerked at the High Court of New Zealand.  Sarah is also admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand.

London
Senior Associate
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Sarah Reynolds

Senior Associate

Sarah Reynolds specialises in reputation and crisis management with her work covering defamation, privacy, data protection and intellectual property matters. She provides pre- and post-publication advice to high profile individuals and international organisations and assists our clients in protecting their private and confidential information. Sarah is dual-qualified in England and Wales and Scotland and has experience in dealing with various intra-UK and cross-border privacy and reputation matters.

London
Senior Associate, Professional Development Lawyer
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Selma Jaber

Associate

Selma Jaber works on security, private diplomacy, digital resilience and geo-political risk issues. Selma has extensive knowledge and understanding of the Middle East. She has worked in the law and foreign affairs at a number of organisations, including the World Bank and a major embassy.  Selma has studied law in both the UK and Canada.  She is fluent in Arabic.  

London
Associate
Crisis Management
Critical Risk
Cyber Security Advisory
Extortion
Physical Security

Simon Brown

Director

Simon Brown is an experienced litigator with broad experience in the High Court and Court of Appeal in cases concerning defamation, privacy and data protection law.  He assists our clients with pre and post-publication media issues – involving mainstream and online publishers – and also advises clients on how to counter reputational threats posed by digital and social media.  In addition to providing legal support and developing pre-emptive reputation strategies for clients, Simon has experience in dealing with the legal and human effects of smear campaigns.

London
Director
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Sir George Buckley

Advisory Board

Chairman of the Board of Directors at Smiths Group plc, the global technology company, Sir George was formerly Chairman and CEO of Brunswick Corporation and latterly Chairman and CEO of 3M.  In addition to his appointment to the Schillings advisory board, Sir George is also a Chairman of Stanley Black & Decker Inc, as well as a Director of PepsiCo Inc and Hitachi Ltd.

London
Member
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Sir Mark Lyall Grant GCMG

Advisory Board

The UK’s ambassador to the United Nations between 2009 and 2015, Sir Mark went on to become National Security Adviser to Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May. In that role, he was head of the National Security Secretariat and Secretary to the National Security Council.

London
Member
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Steven Hudson

Senior Associate

With long experience working in all aspects of media law, Steven Hudson specialises in defamation, privacy and data protection.  He primarily helps clients in relation to disputes concerning digital, social and traditional media. Steven works with high profile individuals and businesses to defend their reputation and privacy either in moments of crisis or on a more pre-emptive basis, where long-term results rather than quick fixes are required. Steven is listed in the Legal 500 Reputation Management Index as a Rising Star and Next Generation Partner.

London
Senior Associate
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Tim Ramsey MBE

Partner

Tim Ramsey is a strategic adviser to clients seeking to handle high stakes opportunities and threats.  A trained behavioural scientist, he was formerly at the Behavioural Insights Team where he headed the MENA practice.  He has also worked in cyber security and open-source intelligence. Tim founded the award-winning charity, Just Like Us, and has served on the boards of national charities.  He is a Fulbright Scholar and winner of the Sir Cyril Taylor Memorial Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

London
Partner
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel

Tim Robinson CBE

Partner

Tim Robinson helps our clients handle high stakes situations where the background is especially complex, large-scale, sensitive and international.

He is an experienced negotiator and transactional adviser and is frequently asked to help settle disputes and lead internal enquiries. He is often called upon to run counter-extortion operations and to deal with smear campaigns.   As a former general in the British Army, Tim is a proven battlefield leader, as well as an experienced strategist and tactician in the corporate and private client worlds.  

Tim features in the Spear’s Best Reputation Managers Index.

London
Partner
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Libel

Victoria Anderson

Senior Associate

Victoria is an experienced lawyer specialising  in reputation management, and defamation and privacy law.  Victoria is adept at providing incisive pre and post-publication advice, crafting pre-emptive solutions to counter imminent media threats, managing complex crises for our clients and litigating to assert their rights. Victoria is also the Chief Executive Officer of Big Voice London (BVL),  a youth empowerment charity, which seeks to give young people from non-fee paying schools a voice in law and legal policy with the aim of improving social mobility in the legal profession. The charity is supported by, but independent from, the UK Supreme Court. 

London
Senior Associate
Crisis Management
Defamation
Media Attention
Libel
Commercial Litigation

Victoria O’Byrne

Partner

Partner, Schillings Communications

Victoria O’Byrne is a founding partner of Schillings Communications LLP.

Victoria draws upon over 20 years’ experience in senior positions across UK business and government, previously working for the Royal Family and Sir Richard Branson as Group Director of Corporate Affairs at Virgin.  Previously she was a Special Adviser to a UK Cabinet Minister and a Director of Communications for the London Olympics in2012.  A highly respected leader in strategic communications, Victoria specialises in working with high profile and highly scrutinised individuals, organisations and campaigns to build their reputations and grow their coalitions of support.

Victoria is featured in the Spear’s 500 2024 Best Reputation Managers Index and PR Week’s UK Power Book 2024 for Crisis & Reputation.

London
Partner, Schillings Communications LLP
Crisis Management
Geopolitics
Reputation Management/Defence
Defamation
Private Diplomacy

Victoria Vasileva

Analyst

Victoria Vasileva is highly skilled researcher with a background in conducting complex investigations, often where high-risk jurisdictions are involved. These investigations typically identify threats and networks, locate people or assets and carry out due diligence, including where criminality is at play.  Victoria is native in Russian and fluent Greek.

London
Analyst
Crisis Management
Investigations
Risk Advisory
Privacy Threats
Geopolitics

Will Lowe

Associate

Will Lowe is an experienced intelligence specialist, with notable expertise in complex international and multi-jurisdictional investigations: these often involve open-source investigations, due diligence reports and human source enquiries.   Will specialises in counter-disinformation and counter-smear campaigns – particularly online – and is especially adept in collecting and analysing intelligence drawn from social media.   He speaks Mandarin Chinese and has a nuanced understanding of the cultural and geopolitical context of East Asia.

London
Associate
Crisis Management
Investigations
Risk Advisory
Privacy Threats
Geopolitics

Zoë Cousins

Associate

Zoë has extensive experience with sports-related corruption matters and investigations in support of class action litigation.  She is a member of the Association of British Investigators, holds a certification in Mastercard's Ciphertrace software, and is a PRINCE2 practitioner.

London
Associate
Crisis Management
Investigations
Risk Advisory
Privacy Threats
Geopolitics
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