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Schillings Image Rights Specialist Simon Smith Is Set To Release A New Book – The 2nd Edition Of Image, Persona And The Law

Schillings partner Simon Smith is set to release the latest edition of “Image, Persona and the Law” this winter, with the book providing a comprehensive analysis of the current state of the law in England and Wales regarding the protection of name, image and other aspects of persona.

The second edition of the book will also go into detail on both the specific context of commercial exploitation without the individual’s consent and in the separate context of invasion of privacy. The book also presents a detailed analysis of the numerous developments which have occurred in relation to the right to privacy in the UK.

Using the knowledge and experience gained as a litigator specialising in protecting and restoring the reputations of high profile individuals, entrepreneurs and corporate organisations, Simon Smith’s book will assist entertainment and media lawyers in the UK and US who represent celebrities and other personalities in the media, enabling them to advise their clients on their right to privacy and the right to publicity in the UK.

The book has a number of key features that will benefit entertainment lawyers looking into the areas of reputation management and discusses the numerous significant decisions which have occurred since the previous edition of the book was released in 2001 as well as examining the leading privacy decisions which have been brought, together with an analysis of the Data Protection Act 1998, including the Douglas-Zeta Jones and Murray (JK Rowling’s son) decisions, the later being brought to action by Schillings recently.

Simon Smith is a Partner at Schillings and specialises in defamation, privacy, image endorsement, confidence and contracts. Considered to be one of the best in the area according to the Chambers and Partners directory, he has pursued many successful High Court libel cases for Hollywood’s ‘A’-List stars on high profile libel actions brought in England.

He is regularly asked to comment on live TV and radio and writes in the national press and legal reviews on media related matters in addition to speaking at international legal conferences and in Parliament on media issues. He is also a member of a specialist global group of leaders in their field investigating and researching image rights.

About Schillings :
Schillings is one of Britain’s top law firms dedicated to safeguarding the reputations of international corporations, brands, celebrities and high-profile business people. The firm’s track-record in defamation, privacy and copyright cases is second to none.

Defamation, privacy, copyright and dispute resolution are at the heart of the firm’s work, prompting The Independent newspaper to call Schillings a “spectacularly efficient media law firm.”

The firm uses the law to protect the reputations, privacy and confidentiality of clients by helping them and their PR advisers to manage what is published and broadcast about them. It is their ability to adapt to the threats posed by the ever changing media landscape which keeps them at the forefront of this specialist area.

Schillings clients include supermodel Naomi Campbell, actress Nicole Kidman, seven times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, Harry Potter author JK Rowling, pharmaceuticals maker GlaxoSmithKline, leading investment bank Kaupthing, steel maker Arcelor Mittal, the Harrods Group and the London Stock Exchange.

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Keith Schilling Has Been Named One Of The Most Influential People In London

Schillings Senior Partner, Keith Schilling, has been named as one of the 1000 most influential people in London according to the Evening Standard’s 2008 survey, appearing alongside just 28 other eminent Lawyers in the Law section of the list.

Schilling’s placement in the top 1000 follows other accolades he received earlier this year. In January 2008, he was named by Legal Business magazine as one of the Top Ten Crisis Lawyers in England while shortly after, in April 2008, he was placed 10th in the Times Newspapers survey of the UK’s Most Powerful Lawyers.

In 2007, he was named as one of The Lawyer magazine’s “Hot 100” Lawyers.

Keith Schilling is one of the founding Partners of the law firm Schillings and is Britain’s top media litigation specialist as well as an expert in Matrimonial Law. His work in reputation management, defamation, privacy and copyright have made him one of the most sought after media lawyers in the country.

Keith Schilling is no stranger to legal firsts and his pioneering work has seen him win numerous landmark cases. He is widely acclaimed for helping to establish a law of privacy in England, providing every person, whether famous or not, the right to a private life from the media, notably with a landmark law lords’ ruling in favour of his client Naomi Campbell against the Daily Mirror in 2005. Following this he extended this law even further when he represented the Harry Potter author, JK Rowling’s son in his privacy appeal against Big Picture (UK) Ltd which granted enhanced privacy rights for Children.

Speaking about being included in this year’s list of influential Londoners Keith Schilling said, “The inclusion in this years’ list is down to the excellence of my fellow partners and the quality of our whole team of staff who strongly believe in the work they do in order to best help our clients. It is really recognition of the great work the whole firm does.”

Schillings has long been admired by celebrities and high profile business people who want better protection of their private lives from the media. The firms’ 24 hour hotline enables clients to receive advice right at the time when they need it the most. This often saves valuable time enabling swift action to be taken in order to obtain emergency injunctions to stop stories about clients’ private lives becoming tomorrow’s news.

Keith Schilling is a guest speaker at the Legal Week Private Client forum in Lake Como, Italy in November 2008, speaking on Privacy Reputation Management and Human Rights.

About Schillings:
Schillings is one of Britain’s top law firms dedicated to safeguarding the reputations of international corporations, brands, celebrities and high-profile business people. The firm’s track-record in defamation, privacy and copyright cases is second to none.

Defamation, privacy and copyright are at the heart of the firm’s work, prompting The Independent newspaper to call Schillings a “spectacularly efficient media law firm.”

The firm uses the law to protect the reputations, privacy and confidentiality of clients by helping them and their PR advisers to manage what is published and broadcast about them. It is their ability to adapt to the threats posed by the ever changing media landscape which keeps them at the forefront of this specialist area. It also specialises in commercial litigation, dispute resolution, copyright issues, employment dispute and family matters.

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Schillings Is To Be Guest Speaker At The Upcoming Media Law And Liability Conference

Schillings, one of the UKs foremost law firms specialising in safeguarding the reputations of businesses and high profile people, has announced their involvement with the upcoming Media Law and Liability Conference to be held in central London at the start of October.

The conference is set to cover the issues of privacy, defamation law, intellectual property infringement and UGC (user generated content) issues in the real and virtual world.

Schillings’ representative at the conference will be Simon Smith who will cover the areas of reputation and media management for both the corporate and its executives. Smith is a partner at Schillings and represents the likes of Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Nicolas Cage on one side of a spectrum, to GlaxoSmithKline, Russian oligarchs, hedge fund managers and the London Stock Exchange on the other, in libel, privacy law and other related matters.

As the celebrity obsession gathers pace, a huge increase in the number of cases reaching the courts on the grounds of infringement of privacy have been seen, not least in the case involving JK Rowling’s son who successfully won his privacy appeal when represented by Schillings earlier this year. The Media Law and Liability Conference aims to discuss and educate those attending on the evolving areas of privacy and defamation law. With new precedents being set in cases such as Jameel v. Wall Street Journal and Max Mosley vs. News of the World, legal aficionados who attend the conference can expect to discuss topics including the very real implications of the new privacy law cases, the latest wave of internet defamation and exploration of the alternative causes of action in defamation cases and how to find your defendant on the internet.

With Schillings present to offer the expertise in the world of reputation management and many representatives of other law firms attending the Media Law and Liability Conference, a wealth of legal wisdom is set to be on offer.

About Schillings:
Schillings is one of Britain’s top law firms dedicated to safeguarding the reputations of international corporations, brands, celebrities and high-profile business people. The firm’s track-record in defamation, privacy and copyright cases is second to none.

Defamation, privacy and copyright are at the heart of the firm’s work, prompting The Independent newspaper to call Schillings a “spectacularly efficient media law firm.”

The firm uses the law to protect the reputations, privacy and confidentiality of clients by helping them and their PR advisers to manage what is published and broadcast about them. It is their ability to adapt to the threats posed by the ever changing media landscape which keeps them at the forefront of this specialist area.

Schillings clients include supermodel Naomi Campbell, actress Nicole Kidman, seven times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, Harry Potter author JK Rowling, pharmaceuticals maker GlaxoSmithKline, leading investment bank Kaupthing, steel maker Arcelor Mittal, the Harrods Group and the London Stock Exchange.

Via EPR Network
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