If you are looking for a career as a media lawyer, there are a growing number of opportunities, especially so with celebrities in the public eye, such as musicians, professional sportsmen, entertainers, politicians increasingly exposed to the media glare. With reputations at stake and privacy laws very much a hot topic in the news, many people in the public eye see a lawyer as an important tool to protect their business interests and earning potential. A number of large legal firms in the UK now have at least one partner within the firm who can handle such clients. For trainee lawyers looking to move in to this field, it is recommended they get in touch with a professional legal recruitment agency which can help them develop this area of specialization.
So what it the most common problem for a media lawyer to deal with? More often than not, Defamation, Slander and Libel are the key area for media lawyers to be familiar with. If a client feels that there has been unfair and indeed untrue criticism of themselves and / or their work, that which has been published or voiced in a public arena, in most cases correctly worded correspondence from a senior partner in a law firm will insure that an appropriate apology will be issued and offence will not be repeated. If a suitable apology is not forthcoming and the perpetrator refuses to back down, then the client can decide to pursue matters through the courts, and this is where the knowledge of a media lawyer is priceless.
What else might a media lawyer tackle? Harassment and invasion of privacy is another area which increasingly occurring, either affected the client and / or the clients family. It’s not just professional photographers that media lawyers can serve with an injunction, but stalkers too, more so when these people are threatening to disrupt the lives of the client. It’s not all about dealing with negative problems for client. Clients need to maintain their reputations, but also their earning potential too. That said, any law firm worth their salt will retain a commercial law specialist who has the skills and knowledge to deal with a number of different areas. There are many examples of this, for instance a lawyer can act as the mediator for a newspaper or magazine wishing to publish pictures, an interview or information about their client maximizing the fee and making sure the client is protected at all times.