PR and reputation management

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Why attacking ‘lefty lawyers’ is eroding the rule of law and why it must stop

Our CEO Melissa Davis discusses the latest attack by the government on the UK legal system. Sometimes, I can’t believe what I’m about to write. This is one of those days. Imagine a country where the two representative bodies for barristers and solicitors had to issue a joint statement urging the government...


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Partygate: at what point does lying become a scandal?

Fizzgate? Partygate? Call it what you want, but the latest revelations about the Prime Minister’s attendance at rule-breaking gatherings shine an unflattering light on those whose job it is to manage reputations at Number 10, writes our Founder and CEO, Melissa Davis. The last thing the Partygate saga needed as it...


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Is it a journalist’s job to protect your reputation? #wagathachristie

Depending on your view, it’s either the libel trial of the year – or just an awful sideshow between two millionaires arguing over who said what about something you don’t care about. But away from the lurid headlines and glamour of the #WagathaChristie libel trial, what can we deduce? Our Founder...


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The ‘20% off’ memo that hit the headlines

CEO Melissa Davis discusses why the real lesson from this awkward experience for Stephenson Harwood is that every internal memo is a press release in the making. It was another one of those ‘oh dear’ moments. Lots of law firms have issued guidance to their teams in recent months on working from...


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From Snap, Crackle and Pop to Johnny Depp – why court cases in the news matter

Partner Steve Rudaini looks at why it's important to get cases in the media and how the right communications strategy can raise the profile of the lawyers involved and grow important relationships with the media. This week, the BBC reported that food giant Kellogg's is taking the government to court...


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Is Twitter Musk’s MySpace moment?

Remember MySpace? Will Twitter be the next to be 'cancelled'? Our PR, Marketing and BD Director David Standard looks at why Elon Musk would do well to remember the unpredictability of the social networking sector. It cannot be easy being the richest man on the planet. What is there to do...


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Professional services PR veteran goes to MD Communications

One of the country’s leading marketing and media experts in the professional services sector has joined the specialist agency, MD Communications, which was founded in 2010 by Melissa Davis. David Standard has spent 27 years working in the professional services sector and has been behind some of the largest legal stories...


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Is REAL commitment to ESG your best chance to attract talent?

Earth Day came and went this year with little fanfare from the professional services sector but should we be surprised, with energy bills and inflation soaring, asks our CEO and founder Melissa Davis? There are multiple awareness days and campaigning events for professional services businesses to support – either as...


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Should you always expect your internal comms to go external?

Our CEO Melissa Davis looks at why it's always best to start crisis management before the crisis starts. And in terms of memos or internal communication via the intranet, that means planning for things occasionally to leak. ‘I think we should put a memo out.’ Communicators in the legal sector will have...


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Is your reputation just a tweet away from disaster?

This week, our CEO, Melissa Davis, chooses a few brands to illustrate the importance of living by your company values. It only takes a tweet for something to go wrong if your values aren't embedded throughout the organisation. How values are 'lived' within a company can hugely impact a brand's reputation. There’s...