A celebrated litigator at ‘the biggest defence practice in the field’, Mathieson says ‘hatred’ for the popular press makes it a challenge to defend freedom of speech in the current climate. ‘The media are under constant legal assault by an army of lawyers supported by an almost hysterical anti-press lobby,’ he says.
Besides facing ‘bullies’ in the political world, Mathieson says the ‘excessive’ fees being demanded by some claimant lawyers are intensifying the threat to freedom of expression. He is currently representing the publishers of the Mirror and the Mail in a landmark case that will challenge the legality of the ‘no-win, no-fee’ phenomenon: ‘We very much hope the Supreme Court will tackle this problem head-on when our cases are heard in the new year.’
Advising the likes of Google, Twitter, the FT, the Guardian, the Spectator, and other newspaper groups across a broad spectrum of libel and privacy cases, he is representing Mirror Group in various phone-hacking claims brought on by the likes of Hugh Grant and Kate Moss, and other cases involving high-profile individuals such as Michael Parkinson, Jonathan Ross, Cherie Blair and Wayne Rooney.
He has also defended claims against big-name corporations such as Tata Steel and