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Allan Dunlavy

Partner, Advisor, Speaker & Commentator

New York, NY, USA

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Allan’s Biography

Allan Dunlavy is a leading authority on Reputation Management, Privacy, Crisis Management and Digital Reputation Strategy and serves as a Partner at Schillings.

A highly experienced English attorney based in New York, Allan has a wealth of experience managing and responding to a wide range of high-profile and complex crisis situations, including privacy threats, cyber-attacks, hostile campaigns, extortion, data breaches and digital reputation threats. His background as a commercial, media, privacy and Intellectual Property litigator enables him to counsel clients on international reputation and privacy matters from a unique perspective.

Allan’s privacy law expertise means that he is heavily involved in the big tech sector, particularly in regards to the ongoing developments around its proposed regulation, the debate in relation to its role as publisher, and what the greater implications will be for traditional and social media companies worldwide. He provides counsel to international businesses, senior leaders, high profile and high net worth individuals on how to address these...
Allan Dunlavy is a leading authority on Reputation Management, Privacy, Crisis Management and Digital Reputation Strategy and serves as a Partner at Schillings.

A highly experienced English attorney based in New York, Allan has a wealth of experience managing and responding to a wide range of high-profile and complex crisis situations, including privacy threats, cyber-attacks, hostile campaigns, extortion, data breaches and digital reputation threats. His background as a commercial, media, privacy and Intellectual Property litigator enables him to counsel clients on international reputation and privacy matters from a unique perspective.

Allan’s privacy law expertise means that he is heavily involved in the big tech sector, particularly in regards to the ongoing developments around its proposed regulation, the debate in relation to its role as publisher, and what the greater implications will be for traditional and social media companies worldwide. He provides counsel to international businesses, senior leaders, high profile and high net worth individuals on how to address these issues and changes they should anticipate in the future in this sphere.

As an acknowledged thought leader on matters of privacy, digital reputation and big tech regulation, Allan contributes commentary to many prominent publications and has featured in Newsweek, The BBC, Tech.co and CityAM on challenging issues related to media, defamation, privacy and regulation. He also speaks as an expert advisor to the industry on the international professional speaking circuit.

Allan serves as a Board Member of tech start-up, Legendary, the National Executive Service Corps and Stetson University's Disruptive Leadership Certificate Program.

In 2022, Allan ranked as 'Recommended' in ‘The best reputation and privacy lawyers for high-net-worth individuals' in Spear's Magazine annual Reputation Managers Index, and in 2010, he was named as The Times' Lawyer of the Week.
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Allan’s Newsfeed

Spear's Magazine
The best reputation and privacy lawyers for high-net-worth individuals in 2022

In the 2022 Spear’s Reputation Managers Index, produced by Spear's Magazine, Allan Dunlavy was named a ‘Recommended’ specialist in ‘The best reputation and privacy lawyers for high-net-worth individuals'.

City AM
Opinion-in-brief: Reckoning with our online identity crisis

In an article for City AM, Allan Dunlavy, Partner at Schillings, writes about online identity and how anyone can target others anonymously online. He also explores preventive measures such as social media companies making verifiable ID a requirement.

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Allan’s Background

Schillings
Partner
Mar 2017 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Schillings is a leading reputation and privacy consultancy that is committed to helping individuals and organizations fight against violations of privacy, attacks on reputation, and threats to security. With the firm’s 37 years of experience fighting falsehoods and protecting privacy, Allan and Schillings have a heritage of fighting misinformation and helping clients tackle big tech issues.
Schillings
Consultant | Senior Associate | Associate
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
New York, NY, USA
Allan started his career at Schillings as an Associate before promotions to Senior Associate and Consultant and then Partner. He has acted for a wide array of high profile and high net worth personalities. He was an adviser for footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, who accepted substantial libel damages from a UK newspaper.
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Board Positions

Legendary
Board Member
Mar 2021 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Legendary is a tech start-up that was established in 2019. They specialise in finding the source of damaging online information, including that in the ‘deep web’.
National Executive Service Corps
Board Member
Sep 2018 - Present
New York, NY, USA
National Executive Services Corps (NESC) is dedicated to improving the management of non-profit organizations. NESC makes consulting, executive search and financial outsourcing more accessible so that non-profits can successfully reach their goals.
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Other Business Interests

TIGER 21
Contributor
New York, NY, USA
TIGER 21 is an exclusive peer membership club for industry leaders, including high-net-worth entrepreneurs, investors, and executives.
Lexology
Contributor
London, UK
Lexology is source of information relating to international legal updates, analysis, and insights.
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Media

Calls to end social media anonymity give platforms more power without actually fixing the problem, experts say
Mentioned
Jul 2021
Allan is in favour of major social media companies taking responsibility for users on their platforms and says “A requirement that social media companies obtain and hold real proof of identification for their users would allow the police to hold people responsible for criminal acts online.”
Section 230: The Tiny Clause that Rules the Internet
Mentioned
Apr 2021
Allan talks about Section 230 and says “Website owners can decide who they allow to post content and have editorial control over all of the content on their website. Given this, website owners should be held responsible to use this editorial control to ensure that the content on their site isn't illegal or otherwise harmful.”
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Interviews

The In-House Lawyer | Allan Dunlavy – Schillings
Interviewee
May 2022
New York, NY, USA
In conversation with The In-House Lawyer, Allan Dunlavy discusses several topics including reputation management, the biggest cases over the last year and dealing with negative press.
In House Warrior: Allan Dunlavy and Business Decisions in a Pandemic
Interviewee
May 2020
New York, NY, USA
Allan joins Richard Levick on the Corporate Counsel Business Journal's daily broadcast, 'In House Warrior' to discuss business and legal decisions that are being impacted by the coronavirus.
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Accreditation

The Legal 500
Tier 1 | Best Practitioners
London, UK
The Legal 500 is the UK's leading independent legal directory and Allan ranks in Tier 1 of their 'Best Practitioners'.
The Law Society
Solicitor
London, UK
The Law Society is the independent professional body for solicitors, acting as the voice of solicitors, whilst driving excellence in the profession and safeguarding the rule of law.

Publications

Big Tech’s narrow approach to problem solving is a problem
Author
Mar 2022
New York, NY, USA
When it comes to addressing issues of harmful content online, Allan Dunlavy argues why Big Tech companies need to look at the bigger picture.
Are you prepared to show ID online?
Author
Jan 2022
New York, NY, USA
Allan Dunlavy explores whether it is possible that an ID requirement on social media would deter users from posting fake news and hate speech. He also discusses the implications of such a change and how it would operate in practice.
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Awards & Endorsements

Spear's 500
Recommended
2022
London, UK
In Spear's Magazine's annual Reputation Managers Index in 2021, Allan was named one of the 'Top Recommended' advisors, and in 2022, he was named a 'Recommended' specialist in 'The best reputation and privacy lawyers for high-net-worth individuals'.
Chambers and Partners
Defamation / Reputation Management: High Net Worth
2021
Schillings is recognized as "the go-to when your reputation is in the media's hands." Notable Practitioner Allan Dunlavy is described as "extremely personable, client-centric, he really knows what he is doing and is very easy to deal with.” Another commentator noted he is "easy to work with and terrifically responsive," and "is extremely knowledgeable and always a pleasure to work with."
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Speaking Engagements

Family Office Association
Speaker
2018
Allan shares his insights together with Robert Ackerman, Founder of Allegis Capital, as they present two topics at the Family Office Association event in Palm Beach: 'Dynamics, Threats and Opportunities in the Cyber Security Market' & 'Global Security Leader Discusses Managing Cyber Threats Specifically for Family Offices'.
Private Client Forum Americas - Get interested in your data before someone else does
Speaker
As a speaker at Legal Week's Private Client Forum Americas, Allan talks about the need for individuals and businesses to be aware of their data to avoid inaccuracies, misinformation and reputational threats.

Bar Admissions

New York State Bar Association logo New York State Bar Association logo
New York State Bar Association
Foreign Legal Consultant
New York, NY, USA
The New York State Bar Association is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. Allan is a licensed Foreign Legal Consultant under the New York Bar.

Community Engagement

Charterhouse | Carthusian Society
Committee Member
Mar 2021 - Present
London, UK
The Carthusian Society is an alumni body for Charterhouse that encourages Old Carthusians to network, connect professionally and engage socially through sporting clubs and societies.

Allan’s Education

BPP Law School
Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) & Legal Practice Course (LPC)