DEFAMATION AND REPUTATION MANAGEMENT

For farmers and agricultural businesses, a false statement about you or your business can have serious reputational and financial consequences.

We have a long history of successfully representing our farming clients and protecting their livelihoods.

We have in-depth agricultural industry knowledge and a track record of litigation success. Our specialist Agriculture Litigation Team is independently recognised to provide a ‘Top Tier’ level of service and is ranked in ‘Band 1’ by the leading legal directories, ‘The Legal 500’ and ‘Chambers Guide’.

Key Contacts

Robert James

Partner 0117 374 9614

PROTECTING YOUR REPUTATION AND BUSINESS

Protecting your personal, brand and business reputation is of primary importance. We have a proven track record in achieving success in court, often urgently in injunction proceedings which may be private to minimise any harm created by defamation.

At the other end of the scale, sometimes a well worded legal letter provoking a public apology and the payment of damages is what is needed.

Aware that court proceedings can cost you time and resources, we are also experts in mediation, pre-action work, settlement negotiations and arbitration. At each stage, we deliver commercially focused solutions to minimise disruption to you and your business.

  • Providing urgent injunction advice to a large agricultural company following a Channel 4 News investigation to avoid broadsheet newspaper reports the following day.
  • Forcing a newspaper to make a retraction statement in relation to the publication of defamatory animal welfare allegations for a farming partnership.
  • Forcing one of the largest companies in the world to remove a book from sale which contained defamatory statements of our farming client and breached his right to privacy and related rights under the Human Rights Act.
  • Acting for landowning clients who had been subject to defamatory statements in public planning meetings and forcing an apology.
  • Writing and contributing to articles in the national press (Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail) and local press to protect our clients’ reputations and correct inaccurate stories.


Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • Arbitration
  • Defamation Act claims
  • Director’s liability
  • Harassment
  • Human Rights Act –
  • Injunctions
  • Intellectual property (brands, trademarks, patents, technology, designs and copyright)
  • Media and defamation
  • Mediations
  • Privacy
  • Rural sports, representation and image rights

Industry Accreditations

We have strong ties to the following:

 

Acting as National Farmers Union panel solicitors for more counties than any other law firm in the country, we have strong ties to the following:

  • Agricultural Law Association 
  • British Institute of Agricultural Consultants
  • Central Association of Agricultural Valuers
  • Country Land and Business Association
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Tenant Farmers Association

We are also proud to be the sole designated legal contributor to the Farmers Weekly Business Clinic.

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NFU Members

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As an NFU Panel Firm we offer NFU Members a 12.5% discount on our fees for qualifying cases and if you subscribe to the NFU’s Legal Assistance Scheme further funding from the NFU may be available.


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