Mark Stephens > Howard Kennedy LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Howard Kennedy LLP Offices
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Specialising in international, appellate and complex litigation, Mark Stephens has undertaken some of the highest profile cases in the country and abroad.
Mark is a solicitor with an expertise in constitutional, human rights, IP, media and regulatory work, defamation, privacy, media, art and cultural property, data protection and freedom of information, trusts litigation, intellectual property and international arbitration disputes.
Mark has created a niche in international comparative media law and regulation. He acts in judicial reviews, Privy Council cases- Ultimate Appeal Court for parts of the Commonwealth, as well as, regulatory cases and inquiries.
Mark practices before every level of court in England and Wales and also abroad before international tribunals and courts. He is also a Privy Council agent regularly working with a range of overseas lawyers. Mark is a qualified mediator.
He can also assist clients in jurisdictions outside of the UK and has been retained by a number of governments to advise and to represent their interests including, Republic of Cyprus, Jamaica, Libya, Mauritius, and the Russian Republic.
He has been appointed by the Foreign Secretary to the FCO Free Expression advisory board and the Lord Chancellor to be a Champion for the Community Legal Service. Mark became board chair of Internews Europe, an international charity dedicated to freedom of expression and trusted media in 2018.
Mark chairs a number of bodies including, Internews, the Management Committee of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy Wolfson College, Oxford Centre for Socio Legal Studies and the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation. He is former chair of the Contemporary Art Society, Global Network Initiative, Global Witness the University of East London the Design Artists Copyright Society. And former President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association.
Mark is responsible for innovating the Business & Human Rights portfolio of Cygnet Healthcare in his role as Non-Executive Director. Cygnet is the UK arm of UHS, the largest and most respected healthcare provider in the USA, and provides a wide range of services for individuals with mental health needs, autism and learning disabilities within the UK.
He additionally sits on the board as a Trustee of Index of Censorship, the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Commonwealth Lawyers Association and Council of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and Human Dignity Trust.
Mark regularly appears in print, on radio and television. Mark also lectures at Universities and Higher Education Institutions around the world.
Mark has contributed to seven books, Miscarriages of Justice: a review of justice in error (1999), International Libel and Privacy Handbook all four editions (2005), (2009), (2013), (2016) published by Bloomberg Press, La Presunción de Inocenicia Y Los Juicios Paralelos (2013) published by Wolters Kluwer (Spain) for the Fundación Fernando Pombo/Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo., Media Law & Ethics in the 21st Century (2014) published by Palgrave MacMillan, This is not a book about Gavin Turk (2014) published by Trolley Books, Media Law and Policy in the Internet Age (2016) published by Hart an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Media Law International (3rd Edition) – Specialist Guide for Global Leaders in Media Law Practice (2016) published by Media Law International.
He is also on the editorial boards of Communications Lawyer, Copyright World and European Intellectual Property Review.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading individuals)
‘Media heavyweight‘ Mark Stephens co-heads the broad media & entertainment practice at Howard Kennedy LLP, where he focuses his expertise on international and regulatory matters. Robert Lands leads alongside Stephens and is a specialist on the intersection of IP and data protection as they pertain to the creative industries. The firm’s advertising offering is spearheaded by Alex Watt who advises companies on licensing, franchising, publishing, and various forms of gaming. On the contentious side, particularly for her work on matters pertaining to reputation management, privacy, data protection, and freedom of speech, Elizabeth Morley is a key contact at the firm.
Led by Mark Stephens the skilled team at Howard Kennedy LLP advises museums, galleries, dealers and public art organisations on a vast array of issues relating to the resolution of disputes and the recovery of stolen and looted items of art and cultural property. It also advises many charities, artists and estates as well as photographers, photo libraries and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on a whole host of issues. Daniel McClean is recommended; Alex Watt has an eclectic mix of clients including Middle Eastern art galleries and American art dealers; Elizabeth Morley is well-regarded; and Robert Lands has a particular focus on the visual arts sector.
- Leading individuals - London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- Leading individuals - London > Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights
- Leading individuals - London > Private client > Art and cultural property
- Art and cultural property - London > Private client
- Media and entertainment (including media finance) - London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Private client > Art and cultural property
- Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Private prosecutions
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)
- Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- Corporate and commercial > Partnership
- Real estate > Property litigation
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management
- Real estate > Residential property
- Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Private client > Family
- Real estate > Planning
- Dispute resolution > Professional discipline
- Real estate > Commercial property: development
- Employment > Employers
- Real estate > Property finance
- Employment > Immigration
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport