Defamation and Privacy

In a digital age, when reputations can be made and broken in seconds, it is critical to understand the complexity of modern reputation management, and to know who to turn to if an issue arises. The shifting landscape for press regulation, alongside the changes introduced by the Defamation Act 2013, necessitate a thorough and up-to-date understanding of the accompanying – and often intricate – legal complexities.

Led by Partner Mark Lewis, Seddons offers a comprehensive defamation, privacy and reputation management service. The team’s experience includes handling complex scientific libels, intellectual property cases and protection of image rights, across both UK and European Law.

The practice, drawing on more than 50 years of experience, also offers a market-leading specialism in issues surrounding press misconduct and complaints.  This is built upon Mark Lewis’s ground-breaking work on behalf of over 120 clients in the recent phone hacking scandals involving such publications as the News of the WorldThe Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People.

More specifically, he initiated and pursued the first case for phone hacking against the News of the World and The Mirror, and represented the Dowler family against News International to secure a record-breaking settlement of £3 million. After he was defamed for saying that phone hacking was widespread, he successfully sued the Press Complaints Commission and its chairman Baroness Buscombe for libel.

In addition, Mark defended Dr Peter Wilmshurst, a cardiologist accused of libel by the now defunct NMT Medica, and successfully represented fans sued by the Sheffield Wednesday Football Club for libel. Currently, he is involved in bringing forward the first of a number of civil challenges against the so-called ‘Fake Sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood, a former undercover tabloid journalist.

The defamation and privacy team also includes Marvin Simons and Simon Jacobs.

Mark Lewis

Privacy and Defamation

Read more:

The Telegraph - "George Galloway to pay out to former aide after he claimed she ran a dirty tricks campaign against him"

The Independent - "George Galloway pays libel damages to former aide over 'dirty tricks campaign' claims"

The Sun - "NO RESPECT George Galloway pays ex-aide libel damages over ‘dirty tricks campaign’ claim"

The Daily Mail - "George Galloway LOSES legal action and pays out to the former aide he falsely claimed ran dirty tricks campaign against him"

The Times - "Galloway apologises for claims his aide was spying on him"

The Evening Standard - "George Galloway pays libel damages to former aide over 'dirty tricks campaign' claims"

The Guardian - "George Galloway pays damages to former aide over dirty tricks claims"

The Spectator - "Why George Galloway’s luck may finally be running out"

Law Society Gazette Post - "The media, defamation and lawyers"

The Huffington Post – “George Galloway 'Anti- Semitism' Lawyers To Be Reported To Regulator”

The Huffington Post – “Jack Monroe's Lawyer Says Katie Hopkins Has Until Friday To Apologise”

The Guardian - “More potential victims of ‘fake sheikh’ come forward after BBC documentary”

The New York Times - “News Corporation’s Pursuer Had Modest Start”

The Wall Street Journal – “At the eye of hacking storm”

SuperLawyers – “One rogue solicitor”

The Independent - "Anti-hacking campaigner says press barons still run the country"

The Lawyer – “Phone hacking lawyer joins Seddons”

The Guardian – “US company suing British doctor for libel goes out of business”

The Guardian – “Met police pays damages to phone-hacking solicitor accused of lying”

The Guardian – “How can the rich still be buying our silence with this 13th-century law?”