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Andrew Stephenson

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Consultant, litigation department. Main area of practice is defamation. Also experienced in media law generally, including the law of privacy, contempt, copyright and passing off. He has unrivalled experience in advising high profile political figures on national and international reputational issues. He has dealt with many cases where jurisdiction has been in issue, including Papandreou v Time Magazine, Bachchan v Dagens Nyheter, Schapira v Ahronson, Berezovsky v Forbes, Jameel v Dow Jones. Andrew has also had notable successes acting for individuals who have been sued for defamation by wealthy claimants; he acted for the Danish professor Henrik Thomsen when he was sued by the US, UK and Norwegian GE Healthcare companies and for Sarah Hermitage when she was sued by a Tanzanian multi-millionaire. Andrew was a member of the Ministry of Justice working group set up in 2010 to consider reform of libel law, which led to the Defamation Act 2013.


Trained at Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners; qualified 1983; partner 1986. Joined Hamlins as a senior consultant, 2015.