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Elisabeth Mason, Associate at Penningtons Manches


Elisabeth is a senior associate in the reputation management and privacy team. She is based in the London office and acts for both claimants and defendants in relation to defamation, misuse of private information, breach of confidence, data protection and harassment matters. She also has experience of a broad range of domestic and international commercial litigation.

She trained at the firm, qualified as a solicitor in 2016, and then spent several years at a niche reputation management practice before returning to Penningtons Manches Cooper in January 2023.

Elisabeth has been described by The Legal 500 as 'widely respected for her exceptional industry, judgment, knowledge and client-management', 'the ideal team player who extracts excellent results' and 'a pleasure to work with at all times, even when things get stressful'. She has written articles for several legal publications.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for the successful claimant in Monir v Wood [2018] EWHC 3525 (QB), a libel action against a former chairman of Bristol UKIP arising from a tweet posted just before the 2015 General Election. Mr Monir was awarded £44,000 in damages and his costs on an indemnity basis.
  • Acting for Barbara Hewson in her libel action against The Times over allegations that she had made death threats. The claim settled shortly before trial and The Times paid damages to Ms Hewson.
  • Advising the successful defendants in the libel action Haviland v The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Ltd & Anor [2022] EWHC 1688 (QB). The claim was dismissed and the defendants were awarded their costs.
  • Acting for the successful claimant in Dew v Mills-Nanyn [2022] EWHC 1925 (QB), a misuse of private information and harassment claim arising from online harassment and stalking. Mr Mills-Nanyn was ordered to pay £30,000 in damages and the claimant’s costs, and was also given a six-month suspended prison sentence for contempt of court.

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