Gideon Benaim

Partner

Gideon is a lawyer specialising in reputation protection for high profile individuals and companies. He has extensive expertise in the areas of defamation, privacy, harassment and copyright. Gideon is a Partner and is the Head of Simkins' reputation protection team. He is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers & Partners 2021 and as a leading individual in The Legal 500 2021.

Gideon represents a number of the world’s leading companies from sectors including financial services; energy; tech; food and drink; and television.

Gideon recently headed the team that acted for Sir Cliff Richard in his ground-breaking privacy case against the BBC, which Spears Wealth recently named as “Case of the Year”. Gideon has represented many high profile private and corporate clients including JK Rowling, Naomi Campbell, Roman Polanski, Las Vegas Sands Corp, Gordon Ramsay and The Law Society.

Gideon also received the prestigious award for “Partner of the Year” at the 2008 Lawyer Awards, was named The Times’ “Lawyer of the Week” in August 2018, and made it into The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list in 2019.

Gideon sat on the Law Society’s Reference Groups for Libel Reform and Privacy. He was on the Civil Justice Council’s Working Party on the draft Defamation Bill. Gideon has given evidence to the Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions, and has overseen the provision of evidence to the Leveson Inquiry and to a number of Parliamentary Committees. He has also spoken at the Cambridge and Durham Unions on the issue of reputation protection and the press.

If you have a reputation protection issue that requires urgent, out-of-hours advice, please call +44 20 7874 5757.

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Clients say Gideon "…has great judgement and enormous experience in the field. He's really responsive, quick and user-friendly."
Chambers & Partners
Gideon has a strong intellect, is easy to talk to and gives clear advice.
Chambers & Partners
Gideon is a very commercially minded litigator.
Chambers & Partners
Gideon is very good at translating the legal aspects into what actually matters.
Chambers & Partners
…the "outstanding" Gideon Benaim
Legal 500
Gideon gives sound counsel and is not afraid to say what he thinks is the best advice, regardless of whether this is what the client thinks they want to hear.
Chambers & Partners
Gideon is "…incredibly patient in describing what he thinks is the optimal strategy and he's always right."
Chambers & Partners
Clients appreciate Gideon's "measured and accurate advice."
Chambers & Partners
Gideon Benaim "makes an effort to engage with you as an individual as well as a client, which goes a long way to work the client engagement process"
Chambers & Partners
The "very calm and knowledgeable" Gideon Benaim is a highly esteemed reputation management expert.
Legal 500
Gideon is "the kind of guy you want in a crisis."
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High standards, good, transparent communication between team members, excellent understanding of the issues, plus a can-do attitude. Part of the firm’s culture is an awareness of cost, and the farming out of work to the most reasonably-priced resource.
Legal 500
The entire week was very useful, especially allowing us to shadow lawyers throughout the week because I was able to learn a lot from their respective fields of expertise.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and it has definitely made me more interested and eager to be a lawyer.
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