Commercial reputation is at the heart of any business and its viability. Our lawyers can not only advise on reacting to any threat to your business reputation but can also provide proactive strategic advice on how to prevent a threat arising in the first place.
We have the recognised specialist expertise in privacy law, defamation and other reputational threats, providing the effective, rapid, strategic advice that you need.
The biggest risk to a business reputation is from its staff and contractors. Whilst technical security measures are important it is key to provide sufficient training and implemented procedures to avoid the major risks in the first place.
In the event your business is in dispute with a rival or former employee and there is a risk of reputational damage arising from the associated publicity our expertise and that of our partners will enable you to manage the risk to your online reputation and the exposure to adverse publicity. The sooner we are instructed to advise and assist the more impact we can have on preserving your hard won market position.
Organisations are facing increasing pressure to comply with complex new data protection legislation. Failure to comply could be putting those in breach at risk of significant fines (leading to possible insolvency) and reputational damage.
The members of our privacy team are experts in this complex area of law and will take the time to understand your priorities in order to provide sensible and pragmatic advice at all stages – from ensuring your data is adequately protected through the use of effective internal and external policies and staff training, to assisting you in promptly and swiftly managing a breach, including making the necessary reports to the Information Commissioner’s Office and any affected data subjects within the prescribed deadlines.
As technology continues to develop, so does the risk of appropriation and misuse of your confidential information. When combined with employee departures, loss of a contract or terminating a collaborative project, threats to confidentiality and data loss can quickly disrupt your commercial strategy.
Our privacy team can work with you to ensure your confidential information is secured and remains safe. With expertise including dispute resolution, we are well placed to respond to these disruptions when they arise. However, with an involved and ongoing service, we can ensure disruptions have a minimal effect by resolving liability and non-disclosure issues before information is shared.
Recent examples of success
Advising a corporate client on preemptive actions to limit the possible negative impact arising from coverage of an employment dispute. Providing on-going support during the hearing including dealing with press queries and social media.
Supporting clients through cyber attacks, including assessment of the breach, advice on data protection obligations and enabling appropriate assessment to manage reputational and commercial risk.