Ashley has been recognised by Thomson Reuters in its 2014
London Super Lawyers lists as a Rising
Ashley Hurst is admired as a "practical and pragmatic" solicitor
advocate with a flourishing practice specialising in
internet-related disputes. Hurst has advised WordPress owners
Automattic on a diverse range of defamation, harassment and breach
of confidence concerns, as well as disclosure applications.
On the defendant side, the firm's clients include News
International and Guardian Newspapers. The firm also acts for
claimants including ITV and the former Russian policeman Pavel
Karpov, and provides reputation-management advice to companies such
as Microsoft and Lloyds Bank. Clients describe Ashley Hurst as
'smart, responsive, knowledgeable, proactive, thoughtful and
Newly promoted partner Ashley Hurst focuses on contentious
matters, and is acting for a group of Apple's Safari users in a
matter regarding an alleged security breach by Google.
The 'market-leading' team at Olswang LLP attracted a number of
high-profile mandates, including advising ITV and Phillip Schofield
in a claim brought by Lord McAlpine, and acting for News Group in
relation to phone hacking claims. Newly promoted partner Ashley
Hurst is an 'up-and-coming powerhouse in online defamation' whose
'down-to-earth approach to complex issues is a breath of fresh air
to most CEOs'.
Equally strong in representing both claimants and
defendants. A burgeoning practice advising on online
issues that continues to grow year on year. Clients include
well-known newspaper groups, high-profile individuals, and internet
and technology clients.
Ashley Hurst is noted for his internet-based defamation
expertise. He is praised for his client service skills.
Noted for its commercial data protection and IT
work. Clients benefit from a strong litigation presence and a
crisis and reputation management team.
What's new? Ross McKean joins the team from
Baker & McKenzie as head of data protection, whilst Ashley
Hurst has been promoted to partner.
Work highlights: Assisted Visa Europe with the
data protection aspects involved in the roll-out of the company's
digital wallet platform across Europe.
McKean is commended for his expertise in the area. Clients
point to his technical ability.
Significant clients: BAE Systems, BP, JK
Rowling, Microsoft, News International.
Ashley has been recognised by Thomson Reuters in its 2013
London Super Lawyers lists as a Rising
Olswang has cemented its position at the pinnacle of the
market for defamation and reputation management work. Its expert
members are frequently engaged in high-profile cases on behalf of
both claimants and defendants from a variety of industry sectors.
One of the factors that marks this group out for clients is
that"they are very client-focused; you hear that all the time from
law firms, but you only really know a client-focused law firm when
you actually find one, and in Olswang we finally have."One of the
clearest indications of the firm's high standing in this market
came with its appointment by News Corporation's management and
standards committee to advise News Group Newspapers (NGN) on
the fallout from the phone hacking saga, the highest-profile case
for many years. The firm works with a number of other
marquee clients, including ITV, Lloyds TSB, Microsoft and The
KEY INDIVIDUALS Geraldine Proudler is regarded as"a
doyenne" in this practice area, with sources highlighting her
considerable experience, noting that"she's carried out very
high-level defamation and privacy work for a number of years."
Clients hold her in the highest of esteem:"Geraldine is absolutely
top notch - we would always go to her with our biggest defamation
and reputation management issues."Proudler is head of the team, and
frequently acts in some of its biggest cases, including recently
obtaining a privacy injunction for the former CEO of RBS, Fred
Dan Tench is the complete package according to
commentators:"He's a superb brain, someone who can interact with
clients at all levels - a highly pragmatic approach, and he gets
the most amazing results!"His practice covers a wide array of
defamation and reputation management issues, although sources are
keen to highlight his expertise in disputes with an online element.
He is leading the firm's advice to NGN on the resolution of civil
claims relating to the phone hacking saga.
Ashley Hurst focuses his practice on assisting corporate
clients with reputation management online. Hurst is part of the
team advising NGN on the News of the World phone hacking
Olswang's team is 'commercially pragmatic'. It
was appointed by the Management and Standards Committee established
by News Corporation to advise News Group Newspapers on the
resolution of civil claims relating to voicemail interception.
Richard Bamforth is commercial litigation head. Ian Felstead is an
'effective strategist'; and Andrew Aglionby, Steven Corney and
Jeremy Mash are also recommended. Ashley Hurst was promoted to