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Mark Stephens

Howard Kennedy

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‘I’ve always been intellectually curious,’ says the affable Mark Stephens, partner at Howard Kennedy and head of its media law and regulatory team. Taking a creative approach to finding solutions for clients, he explains his expertise on reputation issues ‘came about through representing a lot of journalists who were being sued’, which led to a slew of celebrity and sports clients, whom Stephens was already representing on other matters. ‘The two things came together, they saw the benefit of having someone who knew most of the editors on Fleet Street, and being able to recognise litigation isn’t always the answer.’ His work involves learning new areas of often particularly complex law. ‘I’ve done a lot, for example, in relation to high finance,’ he says, adding that ‘the growing area is around business and human rights as a reputational exposure for the corporation and the senior leadership’. One current focus is on the UN guiding principles on business and human rights and investigating corporate structures to find ‘salient risks’. As his high-profile and UHNW clients are international, with connections to a number of jurisdictions, much of his work is cross-border and he’s often abroad, which he enjoys: ‘I might claim a privacy remedy in continental Europe, because the laws are stronger and more robust, and I might do libel here, or in Ireland.’