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Mark Thomson

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Atkins Thomson

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Media Litigation, Defamation, Privacy and Copyright, Victims of Crime




Mark specialises in all aspects of media law, including defamation, confidence, privacy, harassment and copyright and acts for both claimants and defendants. He also practices in the areas of copyright and passing off and does media regulatory work.

Mark is well known for acting for a number of high profile clients.

Mark was involved in the landmark privacy cases of Campbell v MGN, Campbell v Frisbee,  McKennitt v Ash ( Court of Appeal) , Gulati v MGN ( trial decision ) , Representative Claimants v  MGN ( Court of Appeal), Frost v MGN ( Supreme Court).

Articled at McKenna & Co; qualified 1988; partner Schillings 1992; partner: Carter Ruck 2002.


The Law Society


Cambridge University 1981; studied Natural Sciences

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Thomson - 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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