Written by Stuart Skinner • Published 3rd July 2020 • 2 minute read

Amidst a challenging yet fascinating time for the legal industry, The PHA Group is delighted to share the news that it has once again been ranked in Chambers’ Litigation Support Guide as a Band 2 Communications & PR Agency.

Chairman and Founder Phil Hall, described in the Guide as “one of the senior statesmen in the PR industry” was delighted to also be recognised as a Band 1 supplier, adding “This recognition is the icing on the cake after another stellar year for PHA.”

Also ranked as a leading individual within the guide, Neil McLeod, Director of Strategic Communications, comments “We are delighted to be recognised by Chambers and Partners and by those lawyers who have contributed to our entry. We believe this recognition is a testament to the sophisticated offering at The PHA Group, and to the way we work closely with legal teams for positive outcomes for a wide suite of clients.

“Post COVID, we know it could be an unfortunate knock-on effect that more businesses, organisations and individuals will find themselves dealing with litigation, either as claimants or defendants, and PHA’s experts are well-placed to help clients steer through these and many other reputation-impacting issues.”

Employing several well-respected former national newspaper editors, The PHA Group offers a broad suite of reputation services for its clients. With experienced and renowned subject matter experts equally adept at handling both personal and corporate reputational issues in the media, the agency has advised clients involved in many of the biggest media stories of recent years.

The agency is well known for its work supporting Sir Cliff Richard throughout his high-profile victory against the BBC. The team deployed a multi-faceted approach in order to ensure the public were being told the true story and create positive media narrative to manage Sir Cliff Richard’s reputation. The team established great relationships with journalists reporting on the case, ensuring over 150 articles with false allegations were either retracted, amended, or featured a comment from Sir Cliff Richard. We established positive awareness and positively shifted assumptions about Sir Cliff’s reputation in the media and in July 2018, Judge, Mr Justice Mann, delivered his judgment and awarded an initial £210,000 in damages.

PHA is well equipped to help our clients handle each and every stage of a reputational issue in the media. The agency is qualified to advise clients how they can prepare for a potential crisis with media training and strategic planning, as well as being well versed in handling any issues that arise through story management, media relationships and content creation. The agency has built a strong reputation in the industry for its offering and continues to deliver for its clients.