The Statement in Open Court in the action of Siobhain McDonagh MP v Newsgroup Newspapers Limited, as read in Court on 18 March 2013, can be seen here.
28 January 2013
Mark Thomson - Top 100 Lawyer
We are pleased to announce that Mark Thomson has been recognised as a leader in the litigation category in the current Lawyer Top 100. See link for details.
24 December 2012
Atkins Thomson has settled numerous hacking cases including: Hugh Grant, Jamie Theakston,June Sarpong, Jeff Brazier,Colin Stagg, Gary Hersham, Ciona Johnson-King, Major David Brooks, Eimear Cook, Margaret Atkinson, Hilary Perrin, Edward Hynds and Merul Shayur Mehta.
Graham Atkins has been working with the Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP in respect of all media and police issues since his resignation.
26 September 2012
Mobile Telephone Voicemail Interception Litigation (“Phone Hacking”) – Note to Editors
At the Case Management Conference on 25 September 2012, it was announced that there were 155 Claimants that had issued proceedings against Newsgroup Newspapers Limited for phone hacking. At the hearing, Mr Justice Vos extended the deadline to issue proceedings and join the Second Tranche of the litigation until 12 October 2012.
Atkins Thomson are the Lead Solicitors for the Claimants and are required to keep a list of all the claims which have been issued. This can be seen here.
18 July 2012
An Order has today been issued setting out that the High Court has accepted permanent undertakings from Splash news agency and one of their photographers not to door step, pursue or harass Tinglan Hong or her child with paparazzi photography or place either of them under surveillance or approach within 100 metres of their home. The other parts of the claim were resolved by a confidential settlement which was approved by Mr Justice Tugendhat.
The injunction and the proceedings continue against other as yet unnamed photographers (who were also responsible for taking photographs of Tinglan Hong and her child outside their home and in the street during November 2011) in the same form as granted by Mr Justice Tugendhat on 12 July 2012.
7 June 2012
Below is an important announcement regarding the litigation following a court hearing on 1 June 2012.
Voicemail Interception Litigation – Various Claimants v NGN & Glenn Mulcaire
The fourth Case Management Conference ("CMC") in the Second Tranche of claims in the voicemail interception litigation against NGN took place in the High Court before Mr Justice Vos on Friday 1 June 2012.
Friday’s CMC mainly concerned the frame-work for potential Claimants (who have only recently been notified by the police) wishing to join the Second Tranche of claims in the group litigation and directions for those claimants with issued claims in the Second Tranche, the trial of which is listed for March 2013. The First Tranche of hacking claims against NGN were concluded in February 2012 and there are now 50 new claims on foot against NGN in the Second Tranche. It is expected that there will a third smaller tranche of claims after the trial in March 2013.
The first point to be made clear is that the voicemail interception litigation managed by Mr Justice Vos does not now just include complaints concerning the accessing of voicemails but also other claims including accessing electronic information held on computers and/or any activities related to the accessing of mobile telephone voicemails or electronic information. The second important point is that litigation includes claims against both the News Of The World and the Sun; both titles published by News Group Newspapers Limited.
On Friday 1 June 2012 Mr Justice Vos made various directions and orders throughout the CMC, the most important of which are summarised below:
New Claimants who wish to join the group register of claims and become part of the group litigation will not be added to the group register after 24 August 2012. Therefore, any claimant wishing to do so must serve claimant-specific Particulars on or before that date, supplementing the generic Particulars already served. In short any new claimants must get a move on and progress their claims now if they wish to achieve the 24 August 2012 cut off date and take part in the second tranche trial.
New Claimants should use the recognised disclosure procedures to get police documents relating to the claimants when taking steps to formulate their claims. (These procedures include the Norwich Pharmacal application; the new special procedure that has been devised and approved by the court on 27 February 2012 for named individuals who have not yet issued proceedings; and standard third party disclosure after proceedings have been issued).
Vos J stated, again, that potential new claimants should instruct one of the firms of solicitors who have gained experience in the voicemail interception litigation in the first tranche in order to help keep costs down. Mr Justice Vos said that new claimants must not instruct new firms without exceptional reason.
Mr Justice Vos ordered that NGN preserve new evidence including the iphones of two senior senior executives at NGN and their e-mail contents and provide the results of their investigations into this evidence in the next CMC.
Finally Mr Justice Vos discussed the costs budgets of both sides in order to limit the costs of the litigation; he approved the same rates for lawyers for the Claimants as for the Defendants, Newsgroup Newspapers Limited, who are now represented by Linklaters.
The disclosure process is complicated owing to the overlap with the police investigations and all claimants, ( including potential claimants under the special disclosure procedure) must provide undertakings to the Court and are obliged to share disclosure ( redacted where necessary) in accordance with Orders from the First Tranche of hacking litigation. Issued Claimants ( but not potential Claimants under the special procedure ) are also entitled to use the previous generic disclosure and generic pleadings and are subject to additional undertakings and costs sharing arrangements.
The next CMC in the Second Tranche of voicemail interception litigation will take place on Friday 22 June 2012 in the High Court, with a further CMC listed for 27 July 2012.
The trial of the Second Tranche of voicemail interception claims is expected to take place in March 2013. The Claimants’ lead solicitors are Atkins Thomson.
29 May 2012
We are acting in an action for Paul O'Grady following a recent article published in the Daily Star.
28 March 2012
We are representing Brian Belo, Sassy Films and Massive Television in their claim with regard to The Only Way is Essex against Lime Pictures and ITV PLC. Click the links below to see general press reports on the case. Note some articles contain press speculation and are not totally accurate.
“I can confirm that we have issued a claim on behalf of Cherie Blair in relation to the unlawful interception of her voicemails. I will not be commenting any further at this time”.
8 February 2012
News of the World Telephone Hacking
Simon Hughes has settled his claim for telephone hacking by News of the World journalists. Click here to see his Statement in Open Court
Simon also released a statement, which can be seen here.
19 January 2012
News of the World Telephone Hacking
Following settlement of their cases Mark Thomson read out Statements in Open Court for the following victims of telephone hacking by News of the World journalists (click on the name to read the relevant statement):
Jude Law also released a statement, which can be seen here.
11 November 2011
Paparazzi Injunction Statement
I can confirm on behalf of my clients, Tinglan Hong and Hugh Grant, that, following persistent harassment by paparazzi photographers, Mr Justice Tugendhat today granted an injunction preventing paparazzi photographers from attending near Tinglan’s home, following, pursuing, door stepping, harassing and/or photographing Tinglan and their baby daughter.
Paolo and Guelfo Marcucci, owners of the Marcucci Group of companies, have won a libel action against the BBC for suggestions made in its Panorama programme “The Price of Blood” that they had sold infected blood products.
In a Statement in Open Court (copy attached), read this morning by Graham Atkins, the BBC accepted these allegations were untrue and apologised to the Marcuccis.
Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan have obtained a Court Order requiring the Metropolitan Police to dislcose information relating to the alleged hacking of their voicemail messages. This has been done to discover whether the information was used in articles by the News of the World and other newspapers.
Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan
We confirm that on Thursday 14th July, we issued an application on behalf of Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan for the Metropolitan Police to disclose some documents seized by the police in 2006 that refer to our clients. Contrary to some press reports we are not suing the police.
We have no further statement to make about this application.
Naomi Campbell has now resolved her complaint with Cadbury regarding their recent advertisement for Dairy Milk Bliss. Cadbury has apologised to Naomi. See the apology here. Naomi has issued a response to the apology, which can be seen here.
1 June 2011
Mark Thomson has been instructed by Naomi Campbell to resolve her complaint against Cadbury/Kraft Foods regarding a recent advertising campaign.
23 May 2011
Graham Atkins will be speaking at a breakfast seminar on Privacy law on 8 June. Free entry but places must be reserved. See full details here.
Press Statement on Sienna Miller from Mark Thomson
We want to make it clear that Sienna Miller's claims against the "News of the World" have not been settled. She has not accepted any offer of settlement, the News of World has not submitted to judgment in her claim and the action is continuing.
"Sienna's claims are based on outrageous violations of her privacy; her voice mails were persistently hacked and the information obtained was used to publish numerous intrusive articles over a period of a year. She is awaiting information and disclosure from the News of the World which has been ordered by the court and will consider her next steps once this is provided. Her primary concern is to discover the whole truth and for all those responsible to be held to account"
23 March 2011
Lily Allen wins privacy and copyright claim against Mail Online
Lily Allen has this week won her privacy and copyright action against Associated Newspapers for publishing photographs of her house and her address. The Consent Order was approved by the High Court on Monday and terms included damages, contractual undertakings, her legal costs and an acknowledgment by Associated that Lily now owns the copyright of the photographs of her house. The amount of damages and other terms are confidential. The terms of the open part of the Tomlin Order can be seen here.
Anna Friel has instructed Atkins Thomson on various matters
24 February 2011
Atkins Thomson instructed by Rupert Grint on various matters
21 February 2011
Kelly Hoppen MBE
On 17 February 2011, Kelly Hoppen applied to the High Court for disclosure of various documents from the Police and the News Of The World. Mr Justice Eady ordered the Metropolitan Police to disclose a number of documents including four documents which refer to Ms Hoppen by name, and which the Police have had in their possession since their 2006 investigations into Glenn Mulcaire and the News of the World.
In the same proceedings Mr Justice Eady also ordered Dan Evans, a News of the World journalist, and NISCO, a News International Supply Company Limited , to disclose Mr Evan’s internet history records to Ms Hoppen and to take part in a joint inspection of Mr. Evan’s home and work computers. The proceedings against Dan Evans and Nisco are continuing.
See our previous news item on this case posted on 27 January 2011.
2 February 2011
Carole Caplin has instructed Atkins Thomson regarding various privacy matters
27 January 2011
Kelly Hoppen Statement
“We have recently been approached by a number of journalists who have questions about the court action taken by our client Kelly Hoppen, the interior designer.
We can confirm that we act for Kelly Hoppen who started legal proceedings in March of last year 2010.
On 17th March 2010 Mr Justice Eady granted various orders including a disclosure order against a mobile telephone provider. The Judge approved a short summary of the reasons for the orders as attached. Following the disclosure by the telephone provider, on 23rd July 2010 , pursuant to another order of Mr Justice Eady the defendants have been named as Dan Evans, a journalist and News International Supply Company Limited, who are defending the action. The action continues.”
Atkins Thomson issues legal proceedings on behalf of Lily Allen against Associated Newspapers Limited for copyright infringement and breach of confidence. This action is in relation to an article published in the Mail Online on 14 September 2010.
18 November 2010
Mark Thomson writes about recent case involving Howard Doanld from Take That on Inforrm website
Atkins Thomson instructed by Lord Waheed Alli in libel matter
21 October 2010
WPP secures correction against American publication Advertising Age
Following a complaint from Atkins Thomson on behalf of WPP to the publication Advertising Age, in respect of an online article published on 18 October 2010 entitled “Dentsu exits talks to acquire AKQA”, Advertising Age have now published the following correction:
“CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story inaccurately stated that WPP is currently considering the acquisition of AKQA. WPP has pointed out and we accept that WPP are not currently considering making a bid to acquire AKQA. We regret any misunderstanding caused by this error.”
The online correction is linked here. WPP were represented by Mark Thomson.
7 October 2010
Lily Allen Statement in Open Court
A Statement in Open Court was today read out before Mister Justice Eady on behalf of Lily Allen. The statement related to her action against SoPress, publisher of the French magazine SoFoot.
Following a complaint from Atkins Thomson on behalf of WPP to the magazine Campaign in respect of an article published last week , Campaign have now published the following correction and apology:
"WPP has asked us to point out and we accept that, although it has had discussions with AKQA in the past, it is not currently considering a bid for it (Campaign, 24 September), and has no immediate plans to We wish to reiterate that WPP had denied any interest in making a bid as at the date of publication and Campaign is happy to make WPP's position clear and unreservedly apologises for any misunderstanding."
The online apology is linked here. WPP were represented by Mark Thomson.
7 September 2010
Legal 500 rank Atkins Thomson in Defamation and Privacy.
The Legal Directory says of Atkins Thomson's specialist Defamation and Privacy practice:
“The firm has earned a strong and loyal following among show business celebrities, whom it handles with ‘calm authority’, ‘balance’ and ‘insight’. The firm’s activity in this sector is demonstrated by an impressive flow of statements in open court for clients as varied as Cherie Blair, Michael Jackson, Lily Allen and Sir Michael Parkinson."
“As has already been reported last week, my client Jude Law issued proceedings against Blake Publishing and Sadie Frost, as he was concerned about certain passages in Ms Frost's forthcoming autobiography as well as the proposed publication of photographs of his children.
The parties have now agreed terms and today a permanent injunction by consent was granted by Mr Justice Tugendhat in the High Court.
Mr Law is pleased that the parties have been able to resolve this speedily; he has been able to protect his and his children's privacy and Ms Frost is able to proceed with her latest project."
16 June 2010
Sir Martin Sorrell and WPP
Sir Martin Sorrell and WPP have today secured an apology in the Economic Times of India in respect of an article published in the Economic Times on 21st April of this year arising out of an interview with Richard Pinder CEO of Publicis Conseil.
The Economic Times have published the letter of apology from Richard Pinder and have also apologised themselves in the following terms:
“In the light of Mr. Pinder's letter published above, we agree that any possible interpretation that statements made by Mr. Pinder in our article dated 21st April 2010, suggest that Sir Martin Sorrell and WPP publicly announced the firing of specified employees before notifying the individuals concerned to ensure Sir Martin's bonus, is not correct or intended. We apologise for any distress caused to Sir Martin Sorrell and WPP for having published remarks from Pinder."
WPP and Sir Martin are represented by Mark Thomson and Nicola McCann of Atkins Thomson.
8 June 2010
Atkins Thomson instructed by Gemma Arterton
7 June 2010
Lily Allen secures an apology and damages from the Mail on Sunday following an inaccurate report about her involvement with Chanel. See the apology here.
1 June 2010
OK! apologises to Sienna Miller following publication of a purported interview. The magazine also agreed to pay her damages and legal fees. See the apology here
6 May 2010
Actor Danny Dyer instructs Atkins Thomson.
27 April 2010
Keith Floyd's eldest daughter, Nancy Jones, receives an apology together with damages and legal fees from the Daily Express. The apology can be seen here.
8 April 2010
Jude Law settles privacy complaint against Hello! Magazine.
In January, the magazine published photographs of Jude Law with his children on a beach in the Caribbean.
Following negotiations Hello! agreed not to re-publish the photographs complained of, nor any photographs of Jude Law in circumstances in which he has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Hello! have also agreed not to publish any photographs of Jude Law together with his children (until they reach the age of eighteen) photographed in circumstances in which they have a reasonable expectation of privacy; including (without limitation) in the following specific situations; at public or private beaches, private sporting events/activities, school events, at or near school or at public or private parks.
Hello! magazine have also agreed to pay Mr Law damages of £9,500 and his legal costs in this matter.
Nancy Jones also obtains an apology, substantial damages and legal fees from the Daily Mail following settlement of her legal claim against them. The apology can be seen here.
12 March 2010
Nancy Jones, Keith Floyd's eldest daughter, obtains an apology from The Sun, following successful settlement of her legal claim. The newspaper has also agreed to pay substantial damages and her legal fees. The apology can be seen here.
5 March 2010
Atkins Thomson instructed by Jude Law on various matters.
Nancy Jones, Keith Floyd's eldest daughter, obtains an apology from the Evening Standard, following successful settlement of her legal claim. The newspaper has also agreed to pay substantial damages and her legal fees. The apology can be seen here.
Ed Buxton obtains an apology, damages and legal costs from The Sun following successful settlement of his legal claim against the newspaper. The apology can be seen here.
2 February 2010
Atkins Thomson issues proceedings in the High Court, on behalf of Cherie Blair, against Associated Newspapers Ltd. The claim is for libel in respect of an article published in The Daily Mail on 26 November 2009 entitled “Outrage as Mandy goes on a country shoot with Gaddafi son (And, surprise, Cherie came too)”.
28 January 2010
Atkins Thomson has been instructed by journalist and broadcaster Eamonn Holmes.
26 January 2010
Atkins Thomson has been instructed by Alan Donnelly, the Executive Chairman of Sovereign Strategy.
19 January 2010
Ed Buxton settles his libel claim against the Daily Mail in respect of an article published on 18 July 2009. Associated Newspapers are paying Ed damages and his legal costs and have published an apology. The apology can be seen here.
Atkins Thomson is representing Sienna Miller on various matters.
29 December 2009
Cherie Blair issues libel proceedings against Associated Newspapers . Graham Atkins is representing Mrs Blair.
22 and 23 December 2009
Dragon's Den producer Martyn Smith has obtained immediate apologies from a number of newspapers in relation to defamatory articles appearing throughout the press and internet wrongly identifying him as having been found guilty of downloading child pornography.
Mark Thomson and Nicola McCann have their article "Harassment and the Media" published in The Journal of Media Law, Volume 1 Issue 2, 2009 (Published by Hart Publishing).
In the article they consider the application and impact of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (“the Act”) and analyse the extent that the Act can be used by individuals to protect their right to respect for a private life. They also consider aspects of prepublication harassment by the media, photographs of private events and whether, and to what extent, the Act fills the remaining gaps in the patch-work system of remedies for the redress of infringements of the right to a private life..
10 December 2009
Ed Buxton settles his libel claim against the Sunday Mirror in respect of an article published on 12 July 2009. Ed accepts damages of £30,000, his legal fees and the newspaper will publish an apology to him. Download the Statement in Open Court setting out the details here.
27 November 2009
Atkins Thomson obtains an apology from the Daily Mirror for allegations it made about ex-Hull City chairman Paul Duffen. See the apology here
Atkins Thomson receive instruction from Rhys Ifans in relation to various media matters.
23 September 2009
Lily Allen, represented by Mark Thomson, settles her claims against the Sun Newspaper for defamation and false attribution of authorship in respect of an article published on 7 May 2009. The Sun agrees to pay Lily damages of £10,000 and not to repeat the words complained of. The Sun also published an apology in the newspaper and online, click here to see the apology.
16 September 2009
Atkins Thomson obtain a correction for WPP from Reuters following erroneous report of an interview with its Chairman Sir Martin Sorrell. See the correction here.
11 September 2009
Atkins Thomson are instructed by leading advertising, marketing and communications company WPP
7 September 2009
Atkins Thomson sponsors the new Isis sculpture in Hyde Park, supporting the construction of a children’s environmental centre. See news article here
20 July 2009
Sir Michael Parkinson issues proceedings against The Daily Mail. Sir Michael is represented by Mark Thomson
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