Mills Selig - Expertise

Mills Selig


Media & Defamation

Media & Defamation

The lawyers and solicitors in our Media unit are recognised experts in this field, representing national newspapers, broadcasters, book and online publishers as well as high-profile individuals.

This department has been involved in many of the major libel and media cases in this jurisdiction – including Northern Ireland’s first-ever State Immunity case.

the lawyers and solicitors in this team enjoy long-standing recognition in Chambers UK legal directory as a leader in defamation and reputation management and have been involved in many of the major libel and media cases in this jurisdiction.

We have also responded quickly to the developing law of defamation arising out of the use of social media and other online forums and have advised on a number of notable cases.

Our Media & Defamation Expertise:

  • libel & slander
  • breach of confidence/privacy
  • reporting restrictions
  • contempt of court
  • press complaints
  • copyright
  • pre-publication work


  • long-term adviser in Northern Ireland to several national newspapers and broadcasters, covering a wide range of media law issues
  • advised the Irish National Broadcaster, RTE, in relation to a complex contempt of court matter
  • represented a national sports body, successfully bringing proceedings for defamation, misuse of private information and related remedies
  • represented a prominent local businessman in bringing defamation proceedings, and also successfully defending patent infringement proceedings involving a large US company
  • acted for a local company in one of the first reported decisions involving defamatory publications on Facebook

The Verdict

  • Mills Selig acts for an impressive range of clients, including ITN, Channel Four and Associated Newspapers and Guardian News & Media.
  • Its traditional defamation practice also covers privacy, television and ancillary publishing work. Sources laud the team as being “very responsive”.
  • the firm has]… considerable expertise in representing defendants in defamation cases. While the group continues to act predominantly for defendant clients, it also receives instructions from prominent individual claimants.
  • Interviewees agree this Belfast-based outfit is “staffed with highly talented lawyers”, whose main focus is defamation and reputation management work.

Chambers & Partners UK and Legal 500

Our Media & Defamation experts can help

Emma Hunt
T: +44(0) 2890 243 878

Speak to us on +44 (0)28 9024 3878