Top Ten Reputation Lawyers
Taylor Wessing’s head of media and Spear’s 2017 Reputation and Privacy Lawyer of the Year isn’t the only one who’s gained overdue appreciation lately. ‘There is a level of recognition now about what lawyers do in the space that didn’t exist five years ago,’ says Niri Shan. Whereas instructing a lawyer was once seen as an ‘inherently aggressive’ step, there is now a more mature understanding: ‘They understand now that lawyers can actually just bring a different aspect to reputation management. In the same way that PRs build up relationships with journalists, a good reputation management lawyer will develop good relationships with the lawyers [on the others side] and operate in the same way.’ A key member of Taylor Wessing’s private wealth ‘strategic partner team’, Shan has more than 20 years’ experience acting for the firm’s top clients (many worth more than £100 million), preventing the publication of damaging allegations and securing post-publication remedies such as content removal and public apologies. He also advises on privacy, intellectual property, harassment and blackmail issues, both civil and criminal. Peers highlight his sensitivity to clients’ needs and his ability to manage HNWs’ ‘demanding and often unrealistic’ expectations. ‘His calmness, depth of knowledge, and breadth of experience relieve the stress for clients,’ says one.