“It takes twenty years to build a reputation – and 5 minutes to ruin it.”
– Warren Buffett
“Reputation is only a candle of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.”
– James Russell Lowell
Mark Manley and Eddie Parladorio have been recognised in Chambers Legal Directory and Legal 500 as a UK leaders in the field of Defamation since the early publication of both directories in the 1980’s. They have advised hundreds of clients on libel, slander and malicious falsehood claims. Manleys represents both Claimants and Defendants. Unlike many firms in this sector (which become widely known as Claimant or Defendant only firms) we handle cases on both sides of the fence – obviously not in the same case! This gives us a unique insight into “how the other side works”.
We protect the reputations and privacy of our clients. We also protect the rights of our publishing and broadcasting clients to ensure their creativity is not compromised nor thwarted. We advise on all defamation, reputation, malicious falsehood and privacy problems, including:
Libel – publication in writing (including email or internet) of defamatory allegations
Slander – defamatory statements made orally to a third party
Malicious falsehood – publication of false information which is likely to cause financial loss
Privacy – where there is a threat or occurrence of an invasion of your privacy or there has been a breach of confidence or a breach of a reasonable expectation of privacy.
A significant proportion of our work also involves working closely with, or advising, PR consultants.
We receive articles/audio to vet/clear for a number of publishers and broadcasters – ensuring wherever possible that they “get the story” out – with as little risk as possible. Clearance advice is sometimes required minutes before broadcast or print deadlines. Experience is critical in advising on decisions which if wrong, could involve substantial fines, regulatory sanctions and/or claims.
Specialist legal advice and action from Manleys before a public or private publication or broadcast is made can prevent damage being done and disputes arising.
Our experience of acting for a range of media organisations including TV and radio stations, programmes and film production companies, magazines and newspapers, online publishers and high profiles celebrities and individuals means that we are well placed to identify possible problems and issues involving libel, slander, privacy, copyright infringement, contempt of court, Press Complaints Commission and OFCOM, confidentiality and data protection.
We provide pre-publication advice on a retainer basis to suit the publication cycles of our clients’ programmes and titles as well as providing pre-publication advice on an ad hoc basis. Members of the Manleys team frequently provide clients with a ‘legal sign off’ as is often required to satisfy insurance requirements.
We are alive to commercial and creative considerations, however we appreciate the need for our clients to avoid legal and regulatory risks before information is published.
We can also liaise with publishers on behalf of individuals and businesses when issues come to light before publication occurs. We can advise on the need for injunctive relief.
Once stories have been published or broadcast we can assist whether your reputation has been attacked or maligned, or if you are the publisher or broadcaster under threat of a claim. When necessary we have sued for libel for clients to obtain apologies and retractions.
Protection of Personal Reputation
Claimant clients include celebrities from TV, Entertainment, Football, Rugby, Boxing, Athletics, Music, Theatre, Football Clubs, Managers, Players and Agents and many clients in corporate roles. We act for people from all walks of life from teachers to builders, lawyers, MP’s and even a Bishop!
Post Publication Media Regulation
The team at Manleys also provides clients with expert advice on post-publication regulatory matters and complaints such as through OFCOM, PCC and the BBC Trust. We can, and do, draft detailed written submissions on behalf of clients to regulators and represent clients at regulatory hearings.
Protection of Corporate Reputation
It’s been said that companies don’t have feelings and don’t shed tears so shouldn’t sue for libel or slander of name