Northern Ireland’s leading Media Litigation team, with an unrivalled track record of defending publishers, websites, broadcasters and journalists.
As the leading defendant focused Media Litigation team in Northern Ireland, we act for the many local, regional, London and Dublin based news publishers operating in Northern Ireland.
The team also advise a significant number of US headquartered social media platforms on legal issues in Northern Ireland, working in partnership with media lawyers across the globe.
We handle the full spectrum of media and content disputes including defamation, data protection, private information and confidential information claims, as well as supporting our clients where reporting restrictions, anonymity orders and matters of contempt of court or regulatory complaints arise.
We work closely with in-house legal teams for the largest publishers to provide 24/7 support where required. Whether defending emergency pre-publication injunction attempts or via Northern Ireland’s only specialist prepublication content clearance service, staffed by content lawyers with extensive experience.
We also represent and defend a number of journalists who, through their professional activities, have become the subject of criminal or civil proceedings, including prosecutions, third party disclosure orders and production orders.
Outside of this, we advise and represent numerous high profile individuals, business figures, corporations and SMEs on maintaining, defending and vindicating their reputations. We have secured considerable damages, apologies, retractions and the payment of costs for our clients from other companies, review websites and prominent individuals.
We also provide crisis communications and reputation management advice, including assisting with press releases, comment requests and taking and defending emergency injunctions, where appropriate.
If you have a pre-publication or pre-broadcast query, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a media, communication or reputation query, please get in touch today.
Successfully resisted, on behalf of Sunday Life, an emergency pre-publication injunction application, securing an order for the publisher’s costs (Matthews v Mediahuis UK Limited);
Successfully challenged, on behalf of The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, and The Daily Mail, the Reporting Restrictions and Anonymity Orders in the “TalkTalk” hacking case (Sterritt v Telegraph Media Group Limited & Ors);
Provision of pre-broadcast content clearance advice to BBC Northern Ireland’s Crime NI programme;
Successful strike out of multiple libel proceedings taken by a local authority and its employees against The Newry Reporter, with the plaintiffs paying the newspaper’s legal costs (Newry, Mourne & Down District Council v The Newry Reporter).
Successfully resisted, on behalf of Mediahuis UK, an emergency pre-publication application taken by a convicted criminal to prevent reporting of proceeds of crime proceedings (Cassidy v Mediahuis UK).
Acting for a number of US based social media platforms in third party disclosure applications in criminal proceedings.
Acting for Meta Platforms (Facebook) Ireland in defamation proceedings.
Successful “meanings application” on behalf of The Co. Down Outlook, with the plaintiff paying the newspaper’s costs (Cousins v ASDA & Ors.  NIQB 35).
Acting for the Irish Independent in a number of media litigation claims.
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"Fergal McGoldrick represents a good choice of solicitor for local, regional and national publishers, particularly in matters involving defamation, privacy and data protection issues."
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“Fergal McGoldrick is a great Belfast-based solicitor who provides good client service. He is client-focused and one of the go-to solicitors in Ireland."
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“Superb defamation practice focused on media defence and noted for its work challenging reporting restrictions and anonymity orders.”
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"They are the leaders in reputation management."