Online Reputation and Privacy

We are leaders in representing victims of online privacy and civil rights violations. We help those who are victims of cyberbullying, non-consensual pornography and online trolling. We seek to expand the law’s protections of victims in claims against individuals and website operators. We work with those affected to rebuild their lives and reputations. 

Our past work includes Chrissy Chambers’ landmark revenge porn case, the first of its kind in the UK. Chrissy received significant damages from her ex-boyfriend who had released explicit sexual videos of her. Another public case of ours has been the “Warwick Rape Chat” scandal, involving a WhatsApp group where male students expressed intent to rape and sexually assault female students. We brought a claim against the University of Warwick after its poor handling of the case amounted to discrimination on the basis of sex. 

ConsentLawyers

ConsentLawyers.com is our initiative to combat the spreading of people’s intimate images online without their permission (commonly called “revenge porn” or “image-based sexual abuse”). We offer self-help tools so victims can learn more about their rights and how to fight back.  We offer low-cost consultations tailored to each individual case and work with clients to gain legal remedies.

Defamation and Libel

If your reputation has been damaged by untrue statements made by other people, we can represent you in seeking compensation for the harm caused. Defamation and libel are extremely distressing; we will help you regain control.  

Cyberbullying

If your life has been affected by cyberbullying or anonymous trolling, we can help you to find legal solutions to get you the justice you deserve. 


Examples of our work

Most of our cases do not receive the publicity of Chrissy Chambers’ landmark case and the “Warwick Rape Chat” scandal.

But we regularly try to help those who have been unfairly made vulnerable on the internet. 

An office computer was hacked and used to send salacious messages to a man’s wife and colleagues.
The hack was sophisticated and used cloaking websites to hide its origin. We filed actions to force these websites to reveal the identity of the perpetrator.

We helped a well-known newscaster put a stop to her ex’s harassment. Her psychologically volatile ex was sending intimate images of her to her mother and employer. 
We wrote a calm letter to the ex in which we made clear that the relationship was over and that spreading the images had already broken the law, which would be unwise to repeat. The harassment stopped.

We helped a woman who discovered that her husband had been taking secret pictures of her and her daughters when they were undressed. He had shared these images on pornography sites dedicated to this type of material. The woman was negotiating her divorce and came to us for specialist advice on how to handle these disturbing revelations.
We advised her on her legal rights, scanned the internet to determine none of the images were in general circulation, and helped her secure an improved private settlement.

I will always be grateful for your unwavering support of me. Equally, I will always be grateful for showing me how to find my voice and strength.

Title IX case against UCLA, client confidential

It was such a weight off our shoulders; suddenly somebody else with a lot more experience was managing the case.

Sandeep Mander, Mander and Mander v. Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and anor

We really thought that there was nothing that anybody could do for us. We were wrong.

Dr Celeste Kidd, Aslin et al v. University of Rochester et al

To get the result you got you must be as tough with your legal opposites as you are kind and understanding to your clients.

AOA client, confidential

Compared with other law firms I’ve worked with, no one matches the combination that McO has of experience, brilliance, ferocious fighting and deep empathy for their clients.

Dr Holly Atkinson, Atkinson et al v. Mount Sinai Health System, Inc. et al

Because my case could not bear public scrutiny, a very powerful institution used massive financial resources to try to crush me for asking for my disability rights. This was a huge mistake, as they didn’t know that I would obtain McO representation. I couldn’t ask for better representation.

Disability Rights client, confidential

I would like to say from bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you to all the team. Now I can go and forget my former employer. God bless you all.

Unfair Dismissal client, confidential