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 World, The 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.