Athalie Matthews

Consultant | London

Athalie is a consultant in the media and reputation team.

She is a senior media law specialist who advises individuals and organisations about their rights when engaging with all types of media, the lawfulness of any coverage and how reputation can best be protected and enhanced, before or after publication has occurred.

Described by Chambers and Partners in 2015 as ‘willing and able to turn her hand to anything’, she has extensive experience of acting both for and against the media, giving her a comprehensive understanding of the relevant issues, enhanced by a previous career as a journalist.

She has obtained substantial damages and prominent apologies for defamation and infringement of privacy on behalf of individuals ranging from senior business leaders, actors, peers and members of Parliament to surgeons, teachers and refugees, and on behalf of companies, charities and other organisations in the public eye.

She has also advised websites and newspapers how to publish contentious information safely.

Her expertise encompasses defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, voicemail interception (‘phone hacking’), data protection, the right to be forgotten, social media offences, harassment, anonymous email campaigns, blackmail, ‘revenge porn’, the lawfulness of journalistic techniques such as subterfuge, restrictions on court reporting and contempt of court. She also advises on intellectual property matters including copyright and domain name disputes.


Secretary Nikoleta Taseva


Leader in the field and associate to watch

Chambers 2015, UK

Athalie Matthews is a skilled media lawyer making her mark in the field of privacy and libel.

Chambers 2015, UK

Willing and able to turn her hand to anything

Chambers 2015, UK

High calibre and efficient and level-headed

Legal 500 UK, 2015

Track record




Athalie was previously an in-house lawyer at the Guardian, where she advised journalists and editors about stories from around the world on subjects ranging from paedophilia in football and global corruption, to restaurant reviews, fashion shoots and celebrity interviews. She also resolved reader complaints and defended litigation.

As an Associate at a leading human rights firm, between 2012 and 2015, Athalie obtained substantial damages, costs, apologies and statements in open court for victims of phone hacking from the former publishers of the News of the World, and also worked on the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the British press, representing individuals unfairly treated by newspapers.

In 2015 she was in the team which successfully represented the pianist James Rhodes in his Supreme Court battle to resist his ex-wife’s attempts to injunct his Memoir, ‘Instrumental’.

England and Wales, 2005

2015, seminar about information-sharing in the public sector for Capita Conference, ‘Safeguarding Adults’;

2014, seminar to the National Union of Journalists about the Defamation Act 2013;

2013, seminar on media law to Comic Relief;



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