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James Heath

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Atkins Thomson

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Media Litigation & Reputation Management


Partner & Director


James is a litigator, working in the field of media law for well over a decade. He specialises in defamation, privacy, harassment, pre- and post-publication issues, and broadcast matters, as well as breach of confidence, malicious falsehood, copyright and data protection.  He has an outstanding record of success on behalf of his clients, a wealth of experience litigating for and against the media and in reputation and crisis management.

James comes highly recommended in the industry, described by those in the know as dynamic, talented and conscientious, a very good technician, a next generation lawyer and a rising star.  James has been involved in a string of ground-breaking cases throughout his career, representing a diverse range of individuals at the highest level.

James’s clients include: actors, actresses, authors, film directors, politicians, sportsmen and women, wealthy businessmen and women, publishers, and victims of crime and serious media abuse. He has acted regularly in the High Court, in the Court of Appeal, and in the Supreme Court; is mentioned in numerous High Court judgments; and has been the Lead Solicitor in the high-profile Mirror Newspapers Phone Hacking Litigation for 6 years and counting. 

James has obtained record damages in numerous cases, as well as injunctions, takedowns, apologies, corrections, and immensely valuable forms of non-traditional relief for his clients. He regularly works hand in glove with clients’ PR advisers, criminal teams, and other consultants, providing discrete advice and strategy to suit the particular circumstances and goals of the client.

James is dual qualified; able to practice in the jurisdictions of England & Wales, and in the Republic of Ireland. In addition to his heavy media litigation work, James provides pre-publication advice to private and media clients and performs crisis management for individuals who find themselves subject to unwanted Press and other attention.


The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn; The Law Society; The Law Society of Ireland; The Solicitors’ Association of Higher Courts Advocates


Inns of Court School of Law, BPP Law School, Radboud University of Nijmegen, University of Essex, The City Law School

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Next generation lawyers

James Heath - Atkins Thomson

Within: Reputation management

The team at Atkins Thomson has ‘great in-depth knowledge’ of media-related litigation including defamation, privacy and data protection. The firm has ‘extensive knowledge and expertise in pre-publication injunctions’ as well as harassment injunctions. In addition to acting for a number of client in phone hacking litigation, the team has experience of obtaining disclosure orders and other remedies against international media companies such as Google and Facebook. The firm has successfully defended Donald Trump in a defamation case, acted for Mrs Cherie Blair in defamation and privacy actions and acted for The Estate of Sir Bobby Robson in relation to phone hacking by the press. The ‘extremely ableGraham Atkins  is a ‘quality litigator’. ‘Innovative and reliableMark Thomson  is one of the lead lawyers in the phone hacking litigation. Other names to note include Nicola McCann  and James Heath.  Yinka McKay  joined the team.

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