Media, Communications & Reputation

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 prepublication@carson-mcdowell.com.

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What we do

Defending all Types of Legal Claims and Complaints Against Publishers, Websites, and Broadcasters

Challenging Reporting Restrictions and Anonymity Orders

Pre-publication Content Clearance of Copy

Pre-broadcast Content Clearance of TV and Radio Programmes

Emergency Injunction Proceedings for Private or Confidential Information

Taking and Defending Libel and Slander Claims

Taking and Defending Claims Concerning Private, Confidential or Personal Data

Responding to Regulatory (IPSO) Complaints

Advising on Matters of Contempt of Court and Liaising with the Attorney General

Internet and Social Media Platform Content Litigation

Defending Journalists in Criminal and Civil Proceedings

Crisis Communications Advice and Assistance

Reputation Management Advice and Assistance.

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If you have a media, communication or reputation query, please get in touch today.

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