Timothy Atkinson


Call date: 1988
Email: tatkinson@elyplace.com
Telephone number: 0207 400 9600

Timothy Atkinson

Call date: 1988

“Personable and great with clients. He is an outstanding advocate and his advice is always detailed and meticulous.”

Chambers and Partners – 2020 – Defamation and privacy

“Very approachable, easy to work with and very responsive.”

Legal 500 – 2020 – Defamation and privacy

Timothy has an extensive media and reputation management practice. He acts for public figures from across the globe. “He has the ability to put clients at ease and to respond to matters of urgency in a timely manner.” “He grasps the facts quickly.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

Very knowledgeable and approachable.

The Legal 500 2018

Timothy has been described as having “encyclopaedic knowledge”,

Chambers and Partners 2017

Areas of practice

Timothy has appeared in a significant number of leading media law cases over many years including appearances (both led and on his own) in the Court of Appeal. He has represented leading national figures from all walks of life. His practice has a significant international dimension, including representing and advising prominent individuals, large corporations and media organisations in many different countries, including several appearances in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Gibraltar.

He has addressed influential and prestigious meetings here and abroad on the General Data Protection Regulation, taking part in a Meeting of Experts concerning the Regulation organised to assist the European Commission, and giving a lead speech at the Annual Conference of the Society for Computers and Law. He has advised on several important Inquiry reports. He advises the Law Society on defamation.

Media and sport

Huda v Wells [2017] EWHC 2553 (QB) – Decision on absolute privilege in context of permission to serve out of the jurisdiction, with observations on s.9 Defamation Act 2013. Counsel for the defendant.

The Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation (2014 – 2016) – High profile multi-million pound data protection claim. Junior Counsel for one of the defendants led by Patricia Robertson QC.

Cammish v Hughes [2012] EWCA Civ 1655 (Court of Appeal) – Important decision on (a) defamatory meaning and (b) the application of the principle in Jameel. Counsel for the claimant.

McLaughlin v Lambeth Borough Council [2010] EWHC 2726 (QB) – Significant decision in relation to the capacity of an employee of a governmental body to sue in defamation where what is impugned is their conduct in the carriage of the business of that body. Junior Counsel for the defendant led by Andrew Caldecott QC.

Kearns v General Council of the Bar [2003] EWCA Civ 331 (Court of Appeal) – Important decision on qualified privilege in context of pre-existing relationship between publisher and recipient. Junior Counsel for the claimant led by Richard Rampton QC.

Al-Fagih v H.H. Saudi Research & Marketing (UK) Ltd [2001] EWCA Civ 1634 (Court of Appeal) – Important decision on extension of public interest defence in context of a political dispute. Junior Counsel for the defendant led by Andrew Caldecott QC.

Austin v Newcastle Chronicle & Journal Ltd [2001] EWCA Civ 834 (Court of Appeal) – Significant decision on extension of time for service of Particulars of Claim. Counsel for the claimant.

Alexander v Arts Council of Wales [2001] EWCA Civ 514 (Court of Appeal) – Important decision on (a) summary judgment in context of defamation and (b) malice. Junior Counsel for the defendant led by Tom Shields QC.

Cornelius v de Taranto [2001] EMLR 12 (appeared) and [2002] EWCA Civ 1511 (Court of Appeal (drafted Skeleton for Appeal)) – First case in which an award of damages for mental distress caused by a breach of confidentiality was made. Junior Counsel for the claimant led by Edward Garnier QC.

Waple v Surrey County Council [1998] 1 WLR 860 (Court of Appeal) – Significant decision on privilege defence regarding answers to enquiries relating to a contribution notice under the Children Act 1989. Counsel for the claimant.

McDonalds Corporation v Steel and Morris (1994-1999) (i) [1995] EMLR 527 (Court of Appeal) 1999 (Court of Appeal)

(ii) The Independent May 10, 1999 – The longest civil case in English history with important Court of Appeal decisions on

(a) pleading a defence of truth (b) the capacity of a powerful multinational corporation to sue for defamation and (c) corporate goodwill in the context of a defamation action. Junior Counsel for the claimant led by Richard Rampton QC.


BA (Hons) University of Oxford (Balliol College), Brackenbury Scholar
Member of Human Rights Lawyers Association

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