Leo Dawkins

Legal Director


Leo is a Legal Director specialising in the following areas:

Reputation Management:  Described as “brilliant” and a “Next Generation Lawyer” by Legal 500, Leo has considerable experience in all areas of reputation management, including those involving defamation, privacy, harassment, data protection and intellectual property issues.  He regularly provides advice to individuals and companies in pre- and post-publication disputes with newspapers and broadcasters.  Chambers & Partners describes Leo as an “Associate to Watch” who is “noted for his expertise in reputation management and defamation matters.  Dawkins is a highly rated senior associate who is developing a strong reputation among clients.”

Phone Hacking:  Leo has acted for dozens of phone hacking victims in claims against Mirror Group and News Group Newspapers, netting over £3 million in damages for his clients.

Film & TV Clearance:  Leo regularly provides pre-publication clearance advice to leading film and TV production companies and other publishers.

Data Protection Compliance:  Leo works with clients to help them navigate, understand and comply with data protection laws (and in particular the GDPR).

More generally, Leo has a varied commercial dispute resolution practice, advising clients in relation to a variety of disputes within the creative industries, including those involving breach of contract and intellectual property issues.

Leo completed undergraduate and master’s degrees in music at King’s College London before converting to law. He trained at media firm Carter-Ruck.


+44 (0)20 3073 7600