Mark Stephens, CBE

Mark Stephens, CBE:

Partner: Head of Media Law and Regulatory

Specialising in International, Appellate and Complex litigation, Constitutional, Human Rights, IP, Media & Regulatory work, defamation, privacy, media, art and cultural property, data protection and freedom of information, intellectual property and international arbitration, Mark Stephens has undertaken some of the highest profile cases in the country and abroad.

Mark is also extremely active in many other areas having 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 is board chair of Internews Europe, an international charity dedicated to freedom of expression and trusted media in 2018.

In December 2009, Mark first appeared in “Who’s Who” where he is described as “lawyer, broadcaster; writer; lecturer”.

Mark has been described by the ‘Law Society Gazette’ as, ‘the patron solicitor of previously lost causes’. It is this reputation for creativity with law that leads clients to his door.

Mark has created a niche in international comparative media law and regulation. His expertise also covers specialisms in Creative Arts & Cultural Industries, Human Rights, Judicial Review, Complex Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property law, Privy Council cases - Ultimate Appeal Court for parts of the Commonwealth, as well as, Regulatory Cases & Inquiries.

Mark has practised before every level of Court in England and Wales and has also practised abroad and before international tribunals and courts. He is also a Privy Council agent regularly working with a range of overseas lawyers. Mark is also a qualified mediator.

He 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.

Additionally, Mark has litigated in countries as diverse as Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Cyprus, France, India, Iraq, Iran, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Samoa, Singapore and the USA.

Mark chairs a number of bodies including the Contemporary Art Society, the University of East London, the Management Committee of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy Wolfson College, Oxford Centre for Socio Legal Studies and sits on the board as a Trustee of Index of Censorship, the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Commonwealth Lawyers Association and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute.

Mark regularly appears in print and on radio and television.

Recent work

  • International arbitration       
  • The Ultimate Appeal Court for parts of the Commonwealth
  • Cultural property


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Random fact

Mark was rendered into a Spitting Image puppet during the 1990s and describes his hobbies as bees, badinage and dandyism.