lawyers have particular expertise in advising employees working in the media. Our clients include individuals who work for high-profile broadcasters, film and TV production companies, TV channels and advertising, PR and communications agencies. We represent individuals working on both the production and presenter side of the media.
We are specialists in advising those who have been discriminated against in the media, including representing TV presenter Miriam O'Reilly in her successful high-profile landmark case against the BBC for age discrimination. We have also acted for board directors, senior executives and other leading individuals in age and sex discrimination disputes against other well-known broadcasters, television channels and against communications and advertising agencies.
We advise on exit strategies and achieving the best settlements for clients, as well as ensuring confidentiality and post-termination restrictions issues are resolved.
We have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the employment law issues affecting the media sector and are able to respond quickly and flexibly to clients’ needs.
We can offer cost-effective ways to advise you on your employment law claim and smart solutions for clients working in media businesses. We use our expert knowledge of employment law and the media to secure the best possible results for our clients.
Case study: Miriam O'Reilly
In January 2011 Leigh Day successfully settled a claim on behalf of Miriam O'Reilly against the BBC on the grounds of ageism and victimisation. Miriam was a successful journalist who worked on the BBC's programme Countryfile but was dropped from the show when it transferred to a primetime slot on BBC1 on Sunday evenings. Having been dropped from the show Miriam then lost other journlism work she had done for the broadcaster which the employment tribunal found was 'an act of victimisation' because of the allegations she was making about ageism. After the tribunal Miriam said the the TV industry had a long way to go in eliminating agesim in the recruitment of older women.