Recognised by Chambers & Partners as a leading litigation and crisis communications firm, DRD has built a senior team, including former practicing lawyers, with specialist skills to provide expert advice and support in complex and contested situations.
This expertise allows us to create targeted programmes, with recommendations grounded on a thorough understanding of the legal strategy and forensic analysis of likely scenarios and outcomes.
We act as an interface between the court of law and the court of public opinion and work with our clients and their advisers to assess risks and opportunities and advise how to manage them effectively.
Our clients include public and private companies, public bodies, institutions, private equity and hedge funds, private individuals and international governments. We work across multiple sectors and jurisdictions, advising claimants and defendants on a range of civil and criminal matters including:
– Contract disputes – Media & Defamation
– Collective actions – Personal Injury
– Employment – Privacy & Confidentiality
– Extradition – Safeguarding & Harassment
– Family – Trust
– Investigations & Inquiries
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A manufacturer faced inaccurate and defamatory attacks in the broadcast, print and online media and potential personal injury claims across a number of jurisdictions following a voluntary product recall.
Working closely with the legal team, our role was to minimise damaging and sensationalist media coverage, ensuring that any articles provided balanced and accurate information for customers and the general public. We anticipated issues and developments to ensure that the client was well prepared and had taken appropriate steps to mitigate any damage without prejudicing its legal position. As part of this, we advised on effective communications with key stakeholders including customers, business partners and suppliers to ensure they understood the company’s position and the actions taken.
We ensured that accurate information was reported and the company viewed as having complied with its regulatory obligations and behaved responsibly in handling the issue.
DRD was asked to support a leading global law firm in launching a representative action against one of the world’s largest hotel groups for failing to protect customer data.
DRD worked alongside the legal team, the class representative and the digital litigation support team to support the legal strategy; developing key narratives, planning for a wide range of scenarios and risks, recruiting members and engaging closely with influential media to build the profile of the case. This ensured that the significance and implications of the hotel group’s actions were recognised by all key stakeholder groups, mitigating the risk of any inaccurate reporting which may have undermined the legal case and campaign.
The claim has been issued at court and millions of people have been made aware of this data breach, through flagship media commentary, as well as the possibility of their receiving compensation for the hotel’s loss of control of their data.
DRD was recruited by the UK's leading claims management group to support bringing an action against a leading challenger bank for the mis-selling of loans.
DRD is working alongside the legal team, barristers and forensics to raise awareness of the claim, recruit members and ensure that the bank is seen to be facing a legitimate claim that should be answered in the courts.
The legal process is now underway and a claim is likely to be issued in the courts in the near future.
DRD was recruited by a leading law firm and group of investors to support an action against a leading UK-listed bank to gain compensation for the alleged loss of funds as a result of capital fund-raising.
DRD worked alongside the legal team to develop key arguments to share with stakeholders to generate an understanding of the validity of the claim. This material was used to brief relevant financial media, politicians and investor groups. A sustained campaign was delivered in the consumer and institutional finance press, drawing attention to the ability of individuals and institutions to join a claim with a genuine case for compensation.
The claim was universally seen as credible and enormous reputational pressure was put on the bank to settle. Five years later, after an extended legal process, a settlement was reached, returning hundreds of millions of pounds to legitimate investors.