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A privacy and reputation lawyer whose own reputation stands ‘second to none’ according to peers, Tyrrell is known to represent the Royal Family.
Recently he secured remedies in at least five complaints to regulator Ipso, including one for the Queen after the Sun falsely alleged Her Majesty had voiced support for Brexit; for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George in their privacy claim against a photographer; and for the Duke of York against the Daily Mail after it chartered a helicopter to fly over the Royal Lodge and photograph his daughter’s 25th-birthday party preparations.
Tyrrell says a knack for overreach — and a ‘print first and ask questions later mentality’ — continues to grow among the international media, but it’s harassment and ‘selected hacking’ of home computers and companies alike that has dramatically increased in recent years — whether it’s by ‘unwell’ individuals, or more nefarious actors looking to blackmail. Certainly the government’s pledge to spend £1.9 billion on cyber-security over the next five years appears rather complacent from his desk: ‘It needs to be more like £1.9 billion in the next twelve months,’ he says. ‘It’s a serious issue.’
Tyrrell is a frequent visitor to the Middle East (presumably to counsel a king or two among the ‘prominent families’ he represents there), and clients rely on the listening skills and absolute discretion he’s known for: ‘He’s like a vault,’ says a peer.