Reputational Risk & Crisis Management

Managing Risk and Crisis for Your Most Valuable Assets, Reputation

"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.

If you think about that, you'll do things differently."

Warren Buffet

What We Do?

Our partner-led reputation risk & crisis management team with a multidisciplinary approach provide advice to and act for individuals and companies, including with in-house legal teams on managing reputational crisis when their reputation is at harm. As we believe the approach is to manage and prevent any legal risks associated with either our client or other parties' reputation, we work closely with our client in preventing or mitigating damage and risk with legal strategy to prevent and deal with any matters that compromise the reputation of our client or exposing our client to legal risk such as; publication of false, malicious and defamatory statements, and private or confidential materials.

We also offer our individual or corporate clients advice on legal avenues for ceasing any damaging or inaccurate content or conduct from being published by the media, competitors, or any individuals. When damaging misinformation is published, we swiftly advocate for truth to correct the record, obtain a retraction or initiate litigation to rectify the wrong and to claim for damages suffered by our clients.

We Deal With

Defamation

The law of defamation consists of two separate actions, one being the action in libel and the other slander.

Malicious Prosecution

When one has been maliciously prosecuted either in civil or criminal proceeding, he may seek damages for the injury done

Malicious Falsehood

Unlike defamation, action under malicious falsehood means a false statement made with malice intention to cause damages to a party

Online/Cyber Defamation

Defamatory or injurious statements made online to public or a person or a group of people thru cyber communication

Defend Civil Defamation

Defence for defamation refers to justification, fair comment, absolute privilege, qualified privilege and/or reynold privilege.

Pre-Publication Advice

Pre-publication review publication i.e. news, articles, scripts, and footage to address legal concerns prior to publication to reduce legal risk.

Defamation & Injurious False Statements in Malaysia

 

Freedom of speech and expression is undoubtedly a valuable right possessed by a citizen and this right is enshrined in art 10(1)(a) of the Federal Constitution. However, no one should make irresponsible accusations against another under the guise of freedom of speech and expression. To allow absolute and unfettered freedom to defame another in the name of freedom of speech and expression would only allow lawlessness to prevail. Hence, article 10(2) of the Federal Constitution permits the imposition of reasonable restrictions on the citizen’s right to freedom of speech and expression in the interest of, inter alia, public order, security of the state, decency or morality and impartial justice. In addition, the Parliament has also enacted laws relating to defamation, sedition and offensive language. This includes the Defamation Act 1957, Sedition Act 1948, Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, Communications and Multimedia Commission Act (1998) and s 499 of the Penal Code (refer to as Criminal Defamation).