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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 and intellectual property, 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.

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 Human Rights Council of the International Bar Association.

Mark regularly appears in print and on radio and television.

Recent work advising

  • Julian Assange and Wikileaks in extradition proceedings          
  • the Ultimate Appeal Court for parts of the Commonwealth
  • Cultural property

Random fact

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

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Mark Stephens is deemed "knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled," with a reputation that extends beyond the UK. Clients particularly laud his client service, noting that he is "always there to provide support."


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Chambers & Partners Clients' Guide to the Legal Profession 2014

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Mark Stephens has wide experience of litigation across a number of disciplines, and is renowned for his handling of media and publishing cases. Sources praise his "wonderful, extremely creative mind," and consider him to be someone who "thinks laterally and puts his heart into representing his clients."


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Chambers & Partners Clients' Guide to the Legal Profession 2014

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Mark Stephens CBE is noted for his ‘strategic insight, ability to grasp the principles at stake, and willingness to push the court to get a result’.


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Legal 500 Client’s Guide to the Legal Profession 2013

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Mark Stephens has ‘over 35 years of extensive knowledge of the art world, personal knowledge of many living contemporary artists and their estates, and strong commitment to providing specialist legal advice at a price clients can afford’.


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Legal 500 Client’s Guide to the Legal Profession 2013

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Mark Stephens ‘demonstrates a complete understanding of legal and business needs’.


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Legal 500 Client’s Guide to the Legal Profession 2012

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Mark Stephens maintains an impressively broad brief, covering issues such as constitutional matters, human rights, IP and data protection law, as well as defamation and privacy law.


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Chambers & Partners Clients’ Guide to the Legal Profession 2013

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Mark Stephens has a sound contentious publishing practice


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Chambers & Partners Clients’ Guide to the Legal Profession 2013

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Mark Stephens is ‘first rate’


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Legal 500 Client’s Guide to the Legal Profession 2011

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