Press Lawyers

Advice for media firms, affected companies and private individuals

The media sector is more profoundly impacted by digital transformation than almost any other industry. Along with overcoming major commercial challenges, media companies must also continue to comply with strict duties of care in their publications. With regard to the other side of the divide, it is becoming increasingly difficult for businesses and private individuals to protect their reputations and personal rights because damaging statements spread like wildfire online and via social networks. Lawyers advising on press law matters thus need a high level of experience and accuracy, combined with speed and cost awareness.

Long experience of handling press-related litigation  

We represent well-known newspaper and magazine publishers, TV broadcasters, Internet platforms and other online providers as well as companies and private individuals in all matters relating to press law and freedom of expression. Our expertise covers the full range of requirements – from defending press freedoms that enjoy special status as fundamental rights on the one hand to protection of personal privacy and reputation management on the other. All our clients benefit from our long experience of handling numerous lawsuits involving press law. Importantly, our lawyers specialising in press law are equally familiar with the details (and differences) of local case law and with the latest supreme court rulings. We also share our forensic experience in regular publications that contribute to the academic debate around developments in press law.

Press law for media firms – from prevention to legal action

Our services for media companies in relation to press and media law cover the entire media production spectrum, allowing us to support editorial teams, writers and television producers from the research stage onwards. We also review articles and rough cuts of television reports prior to publication or broadcasting. In doing so, we work closely with the media firms’ own legal departments.

If the reporting is challenged, we represent media companies and journalists to defend them against claims for the right of reply, injunctive relief, damages and compensation. Our services for the media sector briefly comprise: 

  • Legal review of media products
  • Legal advice on matters relating to freedom of expression
  • Negotiations aimed at settling freedom of expression disputes
  • Litigation throughout Germany in relation to press law

Protection of reputation for companies and private individuals

In press law matters, we also represent companies and private individuals who are affected by false or defamatory media reporting. In cases where our clients’ personal rights have been infringed, we assert claims for the right of reply, injunctive relief, correction, damages and compensation, either out of court or through immediate court action, if necessary.

In addition, we advise companies on their communications and help them to deal with information requests from journalists in cases where a considered response is particularly important. The lawyers in our press law team also advise on protection of reputation and on crisis communication, both online and offline. We ensure that infringing content is deleted promptly from the Internet, including removal from search engine hit lists. Our services for companies and private individuals briefly comprise:

  • Advice on dealing with media queries
  • Preventive measures to avoid potential infringements of rights
  • Asserting claims (out of court and in court)
  • Reputation management, crisis communication and crisis management
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Heralt Hug
Prof. Dr. Heralt Hug
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz (Certified lawyer for intellectual property law)
Germany, Leipzig
Heralt Hug, certified lawyer for intellectual property, specialises in competition, trademark, copyright and media law and represents clients in and out of court. The companies he works for are often...
Stefan Lüft
Stefan Lüft
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Munich
Stefan Lüft is an intellectual property expert, advising German and international companies on patents, copyright, trademarks, design, know-how protection and unfair competition, including licensing...
Klaus Ikas
Dr. Klaus Ikas
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Stuttgart
Klaus Ikas has more than 20 years of experience as an intellectual property and unfair competition lawyer. His practice focuses on the registration, defence and enforcement as well as the transfer...
Michael Fricke
Michael Fricke
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Urheber- und Medienrecht (Certified lawyer for copyright and media law)
Germany, Hamburg
As a renowned expert in his field, Michael Fricke focuses on advising and representing publishing houses, broadcasters, news agencies, internet service providers as well as companies and individuals...
Martin Gerecke
Dr. Martin Gerecke, M.Jur. (Oxford)
Prin­cip­al Coun­sel
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz (Certified lawyer for intellectual property law) | Fachanwalt für Urheber- und Medienrecht (Certified lawyer for copyright and media law)
Germany, Hamburg
Martin Gerecke advises companies as well as private individuals on copyright law, press law and the freedom of expression as well as on new media law matters (domain and internet law, social media,...
Rene Sandor
Dr. Rene Sandor, LL.M. (King's College London)
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Munich
René Sandor advises his clients on German and European data protection law, with a focus on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and international data transfer. He...
Julia Storkenmaier, Maître en Droit
As­so­ci­ate
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Hamburg
Julia Storkenmaier advises German and international companies, groups and start-ups as well as public authorities on all legal aspects related to complex IT agreements, including drafting, data protection...
Annina Barbara Männig
Annina Barbara Männig
As­so­ci­ate
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Leipzig
Annina Männig advises companies on competition and trademark law as well as copyright and data protection law, with a focus on the digital economy. Alongside her advisory practice, she also represents...