Keith Mathieson says ‘hatred’ for the press makes it tough to defend freedom of speech. ‘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 demanded by some claimant lawyers are intensifying the threat to freedom of expression. Advising Twitter, Google, the FT, the Guardian, and other newspaper groups across a broad spectrum of libel and privacy cases, he is representing Mirror Group in phone-hacking claims brought on by the likes of Hugh Grant and Kate Moss. He has also defended claims against Tata Steel and Goldman Sachs.