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Spear’s Reputation Lawyer of the Year in 2016 and solicitor of choice to the likes of the Duke of Marlborough, Novak Djokovic, blue-chip corporations and global UHNWs, Melville-Brown is a safe bet for corporate and individual clients looking to navigate media minefields. Her work for more than a decade at the country’s top media law firms and long-lasting relationships with newspapers and broadcasters (she also runs her own consultancy on Fleet Street) have earned her an enviable book of contacts and clients alike.
She illustrates the difficulty of her work these days: ‘As I often say, information published anywhere is information published everywhere.’ She then points to the recent landmark case of PJS and the need to educate the next generation of the reputation and privacy risks online: ‘The internet doesn’t respect national boundaries.’
The verdict may have been welcome to lawyers like Melville-Brown, but there is still cause for caution, she says, citing a possible nervousness among individuals seeking privacy injunctions: ‘They are scared that they may now be the next test case, and therefore they may be outed just because the media wants to out them.
‘People need to be very, very careful in terms of looking for injunctions — but of course there are other options, and these days an injunction is generally going to be a high-profile resort — an ironically high-profile resort.’