William Fry’s media team has unrivalled knowledge and experience in protecting the interests of our clients in anticipation of or following the publication of comment, be it in print, online or broadcast.
Any organisation can experience adverse media coverage and most will at some point.
This coverage can be fair scrutiny that holds them to account. However, often such coverage can be ill informed, untrue and without backup or foundation. It can also be defamatory.
In this age of instant news reporting and public online debate, the reputations of those being discussed is of key concern. Technological innovation has transformed journalism and the dissemination of news which is now delivered instantaneously, in bite sized chunks of information, often without legal checks.
Our immediate reaction to developing situations will help you protect your organisation’s reputation from adverse risk, both from the traditional media and other quarters such as disgruntled ex-employees and social media. We can advise you on defamation and privacy issues including threats to publish allegations or commercially sensitive information and can secure the removal of material from websites and other online platforms.
We are adept at employing means to identify authors of online content allowing our clients to challenge content and ensure removal. This includes the employment of Court Orders which can compel the disclosure of details to identify the web-users concerned where there is a clear case of online defamation.
Reputational challenges can strike any business at any time and the consequences of unsuccessfully dealing with these challenges can be severe and can potentially lead to the total and irreversible destruction of the business’ value. When a reputational crisis does strike management will very often be required to deal with critical reputational issues of which they have no prior experience. We have helped many of our clients prepare for and successfully navigate these challenges and whatever the reputational challenge our clients face we have the skills and experience to help.
Given the change in defamation legislation in the UK, which now requires the Plaintiff to prove serious harm before a finding of defamation can be made, Ireland is increasingly seen as a more favourable jurisdiction for parties seeking defamation awards.
Acting for a major financial institution in connection with the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry
Providing advice to various current and former executives of regulated financial institutions in connection with appearances at public hearings of Oireachtas Committees
Advising numerous clients on litigation readiness techniques such as the development and implementation of systems for the preservation and subsequent identification, collation and reproduction of large volumes of sensitive confidential data
Acting for a large professional services firm who suffered substantial financial loss as a result of the fraudulent activities of an employee of a firm engaged by our client to provide property services
Advising various regulated financial service providers on inspections, investigations and enforcement actions by the Central Bank of Ireland
Advising various public companies in connection with investigations by the Takeover Panel
Advising various clients in connection with audits and actions by the Data Protection Commissioner
Establishing and operating a highly confidential internal investigation into alleged criminal staff misconduct on behalf of a global software provider which involved the carrying out of sensitive interviews, the provision of advice in relation to disciplinary actions against senior employees and compliance with statutory law enforcement notification requirements
Advising private clients in connection with two separate cartel investigations by the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (formerly the Competition Authority)
Acting for various clients in relation to defamation proceedings
Acting in the first case to consider the law in Ireland relating to privacy, which is regarded as a seminal decision.