Rebecca Young

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Rebecca joined JMW as a Senior Associate in July 2019. Having made partner in May 2021, Rebecca now heads up our Media and Reputation Management team, that sits within our Commercial Litigation department.

Rebecca’s team provide specialist media and reputation management advice to clients predominantly based in the UK. The team is known for working collaboratively with clients’ PR teams and key stakeholders to manage, often at short notice, reputational or privacy issues. The team’s considerable experience in dealing with the Press enables it to provide legal advice quickly, often in developing and time critical situations.

Rebecca has extensive experience in injunctive matters, including having acted in a leading injunction matter that resulted in two hearings before the Court of Appeal and a successful committal application that led to a Court of Appeal decision on sentencing. With a commercial background, having acted for clients in the breakdown of corporate relationships, contractual disputes and in procurement disputes, Rebecca looks to provide legal advice in consideration of commercial pressures. The Media and Reputation Management team has a depth and breadth to its experience, advising clients not in a legal vacuum but in consideration of wider regulatory (working alongside our Regulatory and Employment teams) or reputational issues to provide holistic and well-rounded advice on what can have a life changing impact on an individual or the direction of a business.

Rebecca is known for being dedicated to assisting her clients to enforce their legal rights, to defend their legal position and to achieve positive outcomes.

Rebecca continues to advise a broad spectrum of clients: ranging from talent agencies, social media stars, celebrities, sports stars, individuals, owner managed businesses and large corporates.

Rebecca advises on a broad spectrum of legal issues including:

  • Pre publication and post publication reputation management including preventing and handling hostile media coverage
  • Crisis reputation management
  • Obtaining and defending urgent injunctive relief
  • Defamation (libel and slander)
  • Misuse of private information
  • Breach of confidence
  • The appropriateness and availability of court restrictions in ongoing or anticipated legal proceedings
  • Harassment
  • Rights to be Forgotten
  • Advertising law
  • Corporate disputes including shareholder disputes or LLP disputes
  • Contractual and commercial disputes
  • Breach of restrictive covenants 

Rebecca graduated from Leeds University in 2007 and completed the LPC at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009. She trained and qualified at Pannone LLP in 2011.

Rebecca won “Young Lawyer of the Year” award at the North West Insider’s 2019 Young Professionals Awards.

Rebecca holds the North West chair for EWiF (Encouraging Women in Franchising). Rebecca is passionate about promoting opportunities for women within business, and through EWiF is able to connect other professionals with business owners.

Rebecca is also an ambassador for Women in the Law UK, included in the Northern Power Women’s Future List 2018 and an ambassador for Forever Manchester.​​​​​​


Rebecca is included in the Legal 500 “Next Generation Partners” having previously being listed as a "Rising Star" and described as:

Rebecca was also ranked as a key lawyer in last year’s Legal 500 Commercial Litigation, Northwest, with the following testimonial: ability that belies her years. She is the best litigator of her level I have dealt with. She will be a superstar partner and litigator of the future. Complete command of every aspect of her case and sets and commands the very highest standards from those who work with her.