With over 20 years of experience dealing with the Scottish, UK, and International press, no-one is better placed to help shape and control the information disseminated about you than Aamer Anwar Solicitors & Notaries.
With new changes to privacy and data protection law, we can also help you to exercise your rights and influence the way others see you when they look for information about you online.
Your reputation can at times be the only thing you have left and it is worth protecting.
Court cases can destroy lives and reputations
The presumption of innocence is a fundamental premise of our criminal justice system. However, a free and impartial press is one of the bedrocks of a democratic society. Principles of open justice give the media lots of leeway when reporting on both criminal and civil cases.
However, this causes a conflict. Some charges carry a large brush that risks tarnishing your reputation indefinitely. The legal system has started to recognise that this causes problems for society.
Consider someone falsely accused of a crime. The press has every right to report on the trial, but what happens when that person is found not guilty? Innocent of all charges? The case is dropped by the Crown?
The consequence of media reporting leaves the reputation of the accused in tatters or even destroyed. What about the victims of crime? Sometimes they have no desire to see constant reminders of their private ordeal and wish to move on with their lives after court.
Furthermore, what about societal concepts of rehabilitation and forgiveness? Those who have paid their debts to society should have the right to move on with their lives without the world getting constant reminders of mistakes they made a long time ago.
Through no mistakes of our own, sometimes people post images without our permission (i.e. revenge porn, embarrassing images).
These problems are amplified by the world of digital technology in which we live. Search engines like Google provide instantaneous results to anyone wishing to enter a query.
While this is an important resource to accessing information, these returns upon search for our name can also provide a false narrative about who we really are.
We work with some of the brightest consultants in the field of privacy, data protection, search engine optimisation, and data management to take back control of your reputation to ensure what about others have said about you does not disproportionately affect the rest of your life.
Our lawyers have been personally involved in very high-profile trials. Managing the press is something we spend a lot of time doing behind the scenes. However, we can also work with you to control the information others see when they search for you online.
Reputation management is an increasingly important part of our lives, professionally and personally.
At Aamer Anwar & Company we can work with you to delete bad, irrelevant, and out-of-date information and develop a plan to help you better manage your online reputations, especially to control and restrict the publications of photos, embarrassing content, and non-consensual images.