Litigation and Disputes

Litigation and Disputes

Specialist advisory and strategic communications.

Portland’s Litigation and Disputes team provides specialist advice and strategic communications support to help reinforce your legal strategy.

We ensure that every aspect of your client’s concerns are managed, and every potential advantage explored. Our distinct practice has specialist training, skills and experience.

Our work extends beyond the courtroom to encompass complex public and political considerations.

Portland applies its problem-solving abilities to provide bespoke communications solutions to legal issues across multiple jurisdictions, countries and languages. We understand the realities of the modern media and digital landscape, the rigours of the law and the need to deliver results.

Chambers and Partners Band 1: 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.



Specialist areas


Strategic communications

Complex and multi-jurisdictional litigation require a communications strategy that ensures reputational, political, stakeholder and other issues are optimally managed. We create tailored solutions using Portland’s problem-solving and campaigning approach. Working closely with lawyers we ensure that the legal strategy is reinforced and that your key audiences are persuaded by your messages.

Litigation consulting

Legal cases can impact media and public opinion. Data from media, and from public opinion polls, can however also form an important part of a legal argument. Working with our in-house British Polling Council-accredited research team, we undertake quantitative and qualitative research to support legal arguments. This includes audits to understand the reach of media and social media as well as polling of key audiences who are critical to the case.

Media management

High-profile and complex litigations, investigations and disputes can damage reputations. We have legal, business and international media contacts and experience, and understand the importance of ensuring coverage is factually accurate through our 24/7 monitoring and rebuttals. Our team are experienced at managing media in court and handling complex media briefings.

Arbitration communications

Arbitration proceedings are highly confidential – but there is no guarantee against leaks and potential reputational damage. Our team creates strategies designed to mitigate risk and prepare for any potential fallouts from high-value, high-profile arbitration procedures.

Class actions

Group litigation is an increasingly popular legal mechanism in England and Wales. We have experience defending well-known companies against these actions, as well as leading claimant groups against large corporates. We have also worked with major brands to manage employee and consumer actions in the UK, and carried out book-builds, notification plans and class communications.

Investigations and public bodies

The threat or instigation of an investigation or judicial review is closely watched by the media and other stakeholders. Our team has experience working with clients to protect corporate reputations and rebuild individual profiles, and dealing with judicial reviews and investigations across multiple jurisdictions.

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