Payne Hicks Beach
Payne Hicks Beach
Privacy & Media Law

Privacy & Media Law

"Payne Hicks Beach is well regarded for its ability to handle high-stakes reputational and defamation matters. A firm that understands high net worth clients and looks after clients very well. They're an excellent firm specialising in this tier."Chambers HNW 2021

Privacy, confidentiality and a good reputation are critical to all aspects of life. As individuals we must be able to go about our lives without unjustified or intrusive behaviour from others. As business people we need to be able to protect our commercial information and the value of our brand.


The Payne Hicks Beach Privacy & Media Law Team specialises in managing and protecting our clients' reputations through our extensive experience in these areas of law and an intimate understanding of how the media and other publishers work. Our team includes three highly regarded partners of the firm who have been involved in some of the most significant cases in this area in recent years.  The team has particular expertise in the evolving field of cyber and privacy law, representing victims of highly sophisticated cyber-attacks and privacy intrusions in some of the most significant and ground-breaking cases in this jurisdiction.


Because of the scrutiny faced by high-profile individuals, the team has extensive experience acting for leading figures in the performing arts, business, sport and politics. However, our work encompasses a wide range of circumstances and clients: from victims of crime to high net worth individuals to global brands and large corporations. We advise those who are faced with unwanted or unwarranted exposure in newspapers, TV and all forms of electronic communication and social media. We will help prevent or manage a proposed publication but also advise on legal and practical remedies for after publication has taken place.


Our clients face a variety of threats from many different sources.  We advise those being harassed, blackmailed or intimidated either physically (for example, by photographers or stalkers) or online (such as "trolls" and "cyber-bullies"). We act for clients whose private or confidential information has been intercepted, including victims of phone hacking and other cyber intrusions.  We also advise on issues concerning the protection and regulation of data, including those arising out of the unlawful processing of data.  Together with the rest of the dispute resolution department, we help manage a range of private and commercial disputes where the good reputation or brand of our client is at stake and we understand the broader adverse impact that any litigation can have.


Whilst we do not act for the large newspaper or broadcasting organisations (due to the likelihood of a conflict of interest), we do work for publishers and authors who are faced with claims and require post or pre-publication advice including libel reading.


The areas of the law relevant to this expertise include: Defamation, Misuse of Private Information, GDPR and the Data Protection Act, Breach of Confidence, Harassment and Cyber Law. The partners in the team are well-recognised commentators on the development of the law in these areas.


All enquiries will be handled with the utmost sensitivity.



"They're an excellent firm specialising in this area, I would put them in the top tier." "They have a proper media law specialism. I find them a pleasure to work with." Chambers HNW 2021

"An excellent firm with an excellent reputation." Chambers HNW 2021

“"They are absolutely fantastic on all levels. They have such a personalised approach to service and care. They are very responsive and committed to clients” Chambers UK 2021

"They are incredibly client-friendly and a very safe pair of hands. Clients go to them because they trust them to give the unvarnished truth in a way that is pleasant” Chambers UK 2021

"A strong reputation, extremely professional and sensitive - they are a go-to firm for these sorts of matters - the standout" Chambers HNW 2020

"They are absolutely fantastic on all levels - they have such a personalised approach to service and care that they provide. They are very responsive and committed to clients, and their service is second to none in my eyes." Chambers HNW 2020

“The personalisation of the service and tactical awareness is what sets them apart from the others in my eyes. They went above and beyond for me and it was this that I appreciated; I felt like I was their only client." Chambers HNW 2020

"They are a go-to firm for these sorts of matters - I think that they are the standout." Chambers HNW 2020

"Payne Hicks Beach has a very strong team that is very experienced in assisting high-profile individuals with media disputes. One of the top firms in this area, which delivers excellent results for an impressive client list." The Legal 500 UK 2022

"Excellent team with high quality and experienced reputation management litigators." The Legal 500 UK 2022

"The team we work with at the practice is always on hand to help with sound advice." "They make us feel very well looked after." The Legal 500 UK 2022

"Notable expertise, a faultless department - terrific litigators and good tacticians taking pride in handling sensitive reputation issues in an extraordinarily discrete way" The Legal 500 UK 2020

"PHB’s reputation management team has an exceptional understanding of litigation strategy and meeting client needs." The Legal 500 UK 2020

"Faultless partner-led client service that feels very bespoke and personal." The Legal 500 UK 2020

"The team offer a complete package to clients: they understand the needs of their clients, they get the commercial and/or personal objectives (as the case may be), they are focused and clear, they work together well as a team, they manage expectations well, and they are tenacious in advancing (or defending) their clients’ interests." The Legal 500 UK 2020

"They are terrific litigators and delightful people – rare to get that combination at all, let alone as a combo running through the team." The Legal 500 UK 2020




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Citywealth Magic Circle Awards

SHORTLISTED: Reputation Management Law Firm of the Year