Profile submitted by Mark Stephens
Mark specialises in international comparative media law, data protection, privacy and regulation. He regularly acts for corporates and individuals in high profile international disputes both in the UK and abroad. He is well-known for his role in some of the leading cases relating to media and entertainment and is also widely recognised for his broader IP and defamation and privacy expertise.
Mark has for the last 35 years had a leading practice in art and cultural property and was awarded a CBE for his services to the Arts and the law. His advice is actively sought by auction houses, national galleries, commercial galleries, artists, UHNWI and even countries.
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.
Chairs Global Network Initiative, Design and Artists Copyright Society, Contemporary Art Society, Art and Cultural Property group of International Bar Association and Management Committee of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio Legal Studies at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. Immediate past President of Commonwealth Lawyers Association.
Contributed to five books on law: including artlaw, privacy, data protection and media and entertainment.