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Max Campbell

Solicitor: Defamation, privacy and harassment


Max Campbell joined Brett Wilson in 2011, and specialises in reputation and crisis management, acting for both claimants and defendants in defamation, privacy, data protection, and harassment claims. 

In his 15 year career, Max has also built up a wealth of experience of both criminal and general civil litigation, enabling him to assist people in respect of a wide array of complex and sensitive disputes.  His warm and engaging personality sees him hugely popular with both clients and colleagues.  

Max was an integral member of the team that acted for ‘QRS’, the then senior partner of a prominent law firm, in harassment proceedings against a disgruntled former client ([2014] EWHC 3057 (QB); [2014] EWHC 3319 (QB); [2015] EWHC 1489 (QB))  

Recent examples of Max’s work include: -

Defamation: Max acted for a Claimant against her former employer, a local authority, which she accused of ‘scapegoating’ her in the press.  Max took over the case on a privately funded basis when the Claimant became disillusioned with her former representation (a direct access barrister who had been acting on a CFA).  The case promptly settled for a large sum.  Client feedback: ‘I have received an excellent service from you.  Thanks very much for all your support and excellent work on this matter'.

Privacy: Max is currently acting for the Claimant in a claim arising from corrupt payments by journalists (‘Operation Elveden’).  

Harassment: Max is currently engaged in preparing a representative action by a local authority against a disgruntled resident who has been harassing councillors, officers, and staff for some four years. 

Data Protection, and ‘the Right to be Forgotten’: Max is very well versed in the provisions of the Data Protection Act, and in particular, has made dozens of requests for filtering of adverse links from search results on both Google, and Bing, for a variety of C-Suite executives, professionals, and celebrities.  Max has also made many complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office where unsuccessful with submissions to the search engine, and has even threatened to Judicially Review the regulator.  Client feedback: Thank you so much Max.  Very good job well done.  Can’t tell you how much it means to me’.  

‘Phone hacking’: Max is currently engaged on a number of prospective claims arising from the ‘Mobile Telephone Voicemail Interception Litigation’/Operation Pinetree, and ‘Mirror Newspapers Hacking Litigation’/Operation Golding. 

‘Revenge porn’: Max acted for a victim of revenge porn and, having initially threatened civil proceedings against the perpetrator, later successfully made submissions that he be prosecuted.  Upon his conviction, the client was awarded £7,500 in compensation, the Court having taken into account her distress and the legal fees she had incurred.  Max also secured the removal of the images from several websites, including the notorious Myex.com.  Client feedback: ‘You have been sympathetic and understanding and incredibly successful in these matters… I count myself incredibly lucky to have been pointed to your firm

Negative reviews/allegations against tradesmen: Max is regularly instructed by tradesmen, such as builders, SMEs, and, occasionally larger enterprises, in respect of negative ‘reviews’ posted on the Internet, whether on legitimate review sites, subversive sites, or dedicated webpages/blogs, where statements are clearly intended to cause distress to individuals and/or maximum reputational damage, rather than expressions of honest opinion.

Intellectual property: In 2010 Max spent several months working with Virgin Enterprises Ltd’s intellectual property team, who manage the Virgin brand worldwide.  There he gained an interest in trademark disputes, and he has since go on to represent a number of clients in intellectual property claims, particularly for small defendants, or where there is a reputational/online element to the claim.  

Advising people under arrest/interviews under caution:  Max liaises closely with the criminal and regulatory departments of the firm, where reputational issues overlap, and still from time to time represents people who are suspected of criminal offences.  Max has a wealth of experience in this regard, having represented clients in well over 100 interviews under caution, conducted by a variety of agencies, and for offences ranging from theft to murder.

If you would like to contact Max directly, please send him an email.