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Max Campbell

Solicitor: Defamation, privacy and harassment

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'Assiduous and competent lawyer' - Chambers and Partners 2018

‘genuinely excellent and combines hands-on expertise with strategic decision making’ - Legal 500 2017

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 16-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 enjoys higher rights of audience in civil proceedings, and has appeared as a solicitor-advocate before Judges in the High Court.

Recent examples of Max’s work include: -

Defamation: 

Max acted for the successful Claimant in Guise v Shah [2017] EWHC 1689 (QB).  The Claimant was awarded £25,000 for libel and £3,000 for harassment (arising, principally, from the publication of a malicious website) following a five-day trial before Mr Justice Dingemans.

Privacy: 

Max recently appeared as an advocate for a Defendant accused of contempt of court over his alleged facilitation of the breach of a confidentiality clause enshrined in a third-party consent order, by virtue of various online publications. 

Max is currently acting for a number of individuals whose private information has been misused by professionals or arms of the state, including GP surgeries, NHS Trusts, local authorities, the Department for Work and Pensions, and the police. 

Max has acted for a number of Claimants in cases arising from ‘phone hacking’ (voicemail interception by journalists/Operations Weeting and Golding) and corrupt payments by journalists (Operation Elveden).

Harassment: 

Max is currently acting for the Claimant in a harassment claim that has been over two years in the making, requiring extensive investigation.  A trial is expected in 2018.   

In 2016, Max prepared a representative action by a local authority against a disgruntled resident who had been harassing councillors, officers, and staff for some four years.  The proceedings were settled before trial.

Previously, 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)

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 a vast number 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, as well as ordinary citizens.  Max has also made many complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office where unsuccessful with submissions to the search engines, and has even threatened to Judicially Review the regulator. Recent client feedback:  ‘[We] are totally over the moon and this is a massive relief and result for all of us… Thank you again legal ace!’ 

‘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: 

Max is regularly instructed by self-employed people such as tradesmen, SMEs, and, occasionally larger enterprises, in respect of negative ‘reviews’ posted on the Internet that  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.