“Public image; you got what you wanted;
The public image belongs to me;
It’s my entrance; my own creation; my grand finale.”
Any wealthy or influential person or business needs a strong PR team to protect the public image they wish to portray. An industry of reputation management lawyers misuse and abuse the law and intimidate complainants to maintain the reputation of the wealthy.
Faced with accusations of paedophilia and sexual assault, related to activities of his good friend the late Jeffrey Epstein, the queen’s son Prince Andrew hired lawyer Paul Tweed to assist him with public presentation.
“Tweed has the capacity and proven expertise to initiate a multi-jurisdictional approach, which has achieved ground breaking results in protecting clients’ interests over the last three decades.” – Tweed
Andrew’s nephew Prince Harry hired Clintons LLP to pursue damages against newspapers who allegedly hacked his phone a decade ago.
“Clintons provide pragmatic, round-the-clock advice across the full range of privacy and reputation management issues, including defamation, malicious falsehood, misuse of private information, breach of confidence, data protection and protection from harassment.” – Clintons LLP
Harry’s wife Meghan hired Schillings to sue a newspaper that published a letter (with the consent of the recipient) she had sent.
“Your reputation and privacy are paramount, so when it comes to a crisis or an ongoing need, there’s no room for doubt.” – Schillings
The public image of the royal family is a key facet of its modus operandi. Continuous massaging of its image is necessary as a promotional tool. A good public image is necessary to help justify the royals’ existence. The royals abhor the truth being exposed for everyone to see or hear. Their stolen wealth, accumulated over centuries, their income from spurious land ownership, their tax avoidance and their wealth gains made via stock market gambling at others’ expense need a deceptive saccharine public image of goodness to distract and to obscure the intrinsic exploitative nature of their relationship with the people of Britain. Reputation management helps the royals achieve that aim.
The London Assembly sent a summons to former mayor of London and current Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanding details of possible wrongdoing with respect to misuse of public funds and misuse of the office of mayor in his professional relationship with businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri. Johnson ignored the summons and asked reputation management lawyers Atkins Thomson to send a response to the Assembly. He demanded that Atkins Thomson’s letter not be published but, rightly, it was. (See Huff Post report.)
Atkins Thomson used familiar tricks to excuse their client’s non-compliance with the summons. They pretended to not understand what was asked of their client or what was being investigated, they quoted random eclectic rules of the investigative procedure related to the office of mayor to concoct an accusation of wrongful use of investigatory powers and they used the old chestnut of claiming a different investigation into the same activities meant Johnson couldn’t comment on the London Assembly’s investigation.
“Where you fear that the media may be threatening to disclose private and intrusive material, or commercially or politically sensitive material, it is essential to take advice and act quickly. We have very considerable experience in all types of privacy, data protection and confidence claims not only in the UK but also throughout the world.” – Atkins Thomson
Johnson’s behaviour, and that of Atkins Thomsons, displayed utter contempt for the law and for democracy. The former’s contempt for both is a key attribute of his reputation. As an Etonian, he views law and democracy as optional. Managing Johnson’s reputation is an oxymoron.
Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia investigated corruption in the Maltese government including the behaviour of Henley And Partners, a private business hired by the government to help wealthy people to acquire Maltese citizenship. Henley and Partners hired Mishcon de Reya to use the British judicial system – more attuned to the demands of wealthy plaintiffs – to protect their reputation by trying to silence her. Mishcon de Reya sent several threatening letters to her to coerce her to stop doing her job.
“We are able to navigate complex and special situations quickly, applying the intellectual rigour required to reach the most effective solution. Reasoned legal and commercial strategy, combined with an appreciation of the particular sensitivities of the individuals involved characterise our approach, as does our responsiveness and availability to our clients at all times.” – Mishcon de Reya
On 16th October 2017, a few weeks after being contacted by Mishcon de Reya, Ms. Galizia was executed in a car bomb.
Mishcon de Reya’s strategy to protect reputations of its wealthy clients relies on threats rather than proceedings in court. A threat, or a SLAPP, is often sufficient to silence someone into self-censorship because of extortionate costs incurred in reputation/defamation legal cases even if the defendant wins. Legal costs for Mishcon de Reya’s clients are not problematic because all are very wealthy.
Labour MP Margaret Hodge used Mishcon de Reya when she faced disciplinary action from the party after she hurled foul-mouthed abuse at Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons. Another Labour disruptor Ian Austin used Hamlins for similar reasons.
“Preventing damage is our primary objective. But at times it’s necessary to take action to remedy unfair coverage. We achieve success through strategy and pressure, while recognising your need to remedy harm efficiently and cost-effectively.” – Hamlins
Reputation management is a tool of censorship for politicians and wealthy exploiters. It is used to silence criticism and prevent exposure of harmful facts. It is designed to be threatening: Threats of severe costs for complainants are issued in order to gag them.
Reputation management is a symptom of the developed bias of British justice. It is a deliberate consequence of a legal system that intrinsically leans toward protection of the interests of the wealthiest.
Reputation management is an enemy of freedom of speech and an enemy of democracy.