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Defining the role of a lawyer in this field may have been a nebulous area in the past five years or so, says Shan. ‘The fact that a lawyer would specialise in reputation management is something that another lawyer would find quite surprising — they would generally think of reputation management as something that PRs do.’
However, Taylor Wessing’s partner and head of media, whom one contemporary calls a ‘polished operator’, is glad there is ‘a greater understanding’ now of the scope of advice legal minds like himself give, which often transcends law: ‘You’re a counsellor as well as a lawyer.’
One contemporary who has known Shan for more than a decade says it is the solicitor’s sensitivity to clients’ needs and his ability to manage some of HNWs’ ‘demanding and often unrealistic’ expectations, in high-octane situations with severe time constraints, that make him stand out: ‘His calmness, depth of knowledge, and breadth of experience relieves the stress for clients.’
Enjoying more than twenty years’ experience, he works with the firm’s top clients (many worth more than £100 million) to prevent the publication of damaging allegations and secure 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.