Defamation, privacy and harassment
Max Campbell specialises in reputation and crisis management, acting for both claimants and defendants in defamation, privacy, data protection, and harassment claims. He has been recommended/ranked among the leading practitioners in these fields by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners since the 2017 and 2018 editions respectively.
Max also has 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.
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Examples of Max’s work include: –
Max is currently acting for the defendant in Riley & Anor v Heybroek  EWHC 1259 (QB), in which the barrister Jane Heybroek is sued in libel by the television personalities Rachel Riley and Tracy Ann Oberman on the basis of her re-tweet of a tweet containing a hyperlink to an article authored by a third party. The question of whether liability for publication arises in these circumstances is to be determined. Ms Heybroek’s crowdfunding page can be accessed here.
Max is also currently acting for two teachers who were defamed on Facebook, and a solicitor who was defamed on a review site, as well as in a host of other cases which are pre-action.
Max acted for the barrister Barbara Hewson in securing an apology and damages from Associated Newspapers over the publication of a 12 April 2017 MailOnline article. Max continues to act for Ms Hewson in respect of a similar article published in The Times; the trial is anticipated towards the end of 2020.
In 2019, Max secured an apology and damages from Lambeth London Borough Council following false statements made to the press about the charity Life 2009.
In 2017, Max acted for the successful Claimant in Guise v Shah  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.
Much of Max’s work is pre-publication, with potentially damaging articles often prevented with a simple early intervention.
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.
Data Protection, and ‘the Right to be Forgotten’:
Max is regularly instructed in data protection cases. He is presently acting for an entrepreneur and philanthropist in a claim for breach of data protection rights in respect of his inclusion on the ‘WorldCompliance’ database, which publishes profiles of individuals and entities for the purpose of due diligence and regulatory compliance.
Since 2014, Max has made a vast number of requests for delisting (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 many ordinary citizens. Max has also secured the removal of outdated and unfair content from an array of databases and archives. Max has made many complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office where unsuccessful with submissions to data controllers, and has even threatened to Judicially Review the regulator.
Privacy, breach of confidence and ‘revenge porn’:
Max regularly acts for individuals in respect of the misuse of their private information and/or breach of their confidence, often in disputes with former partners or family members.
Max has acted for a large 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).
In 2017, Max appeared as 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 acted for a victim of revenge porn in one of the first cases of its type back in early 2014. Having initially threatened civil proceedings against the perpetrator, Max 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.
Since that time, Max has acted for a significant number of victims of revenge porn and similar breaches of privacy/confidence.
Max regularly acts in both ‘traditional’ harassment claims (e.g. unwanted contact/stalking) and online harassment/harassment by publication. Many cases involve overlapping defamation and privacy issues. Most are resolved with the sending of a ‘cease and desist’ letter, and, where proceedings are necessary, they can often be concluded swiftly. However, there are cases which involve significant evidence gathering and result in drawn out litigation. Max acted for one Claimant in a harassment claim that was over four years in the making, and required extensive investigation, contacting of potential witnesses and third parties, and representations to the police. The Defendant was eventually prosecuted and received a suspended term of imprisonment, whilst the civil claim was settled.
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 ( EWHC 3057 (QB);  EWHC 3319 (QB);  EWHC 1489 (QB))
Clients trust him because of his scope of knowledge and his reassuring personality
Impressive in his attention to detail and the care he takes with cases
Thoughtful high-quality lawyer
Assiduous and competent lawyer