A celebrated media defence litigator specialising in high-profile defamation, copyright and Freedom of Information claims, Mathieson has had an ‘extremely busy’ twelve months acting for Mirror Group against phone hacking charges.
He is currently appealing the ‘huge’ sums awarded to the likes of Alan Yentob, Paul Gascoigne and Sadie Frost. His pre-eminent defendants’ practice at RPC takes in major clients who include publishers and media outfits such as Google, the Financial Times, The Guardian and other newspaper groups across a broad range of libel and privacy claims, brought by high-profile individuals who include Michael Parkinson, Jonathan Ross, Kate Moss, Cherie Blair and Wayne Rooney, along with corporations such as Tata Steel and Goldman Sachs.
What does he make of the ever-expanding army of lawyers pitted against him? ‘I think there are good ones and some not-so-good ones,’ he says.