ATKINS THOMSON agree Apology for former Chairman of Hull AFC

Mark Thomson and Denzil Gunner of media lawyers Atkins Thomson have secured an Apology and legal costs from MGN on behalf of former Hull AFC Chairman, Paul Duffen.
Dec. 7, 2009 - PRLog -- In an article published on their website on 4 November, the Daily Mirror reported the level of Hull’s debt and alleged that the club’s financial position was the sole responsibility of former Chairman Paul Duffen.   Following a letter of complaint from Atkins Thomson they have published an online apology to Mr Duffen, correcting their error.

Paul Duffen said “My resignation from Hull City was a matter of honour as I felt it was right that, as the person ultimately in charge, I should take responsibility for our poor run of results on the pitch. I have always acted in what I believe to be the best interests of the club and was very disappointed to have my actions questioned in the Mirror’s article. I am happy that they have now acknowledged their error and apologised”.

Denzil Gunner of Atkins Thomson said “We are delighted by this result.  It was important that Paul’s legacy of overseeing the rise of Hull City to the Premier League was not tarnished by errors in the article”.

MGN Limited agreed to a published apology and legal costs.

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About Denzil Gunner, solicitor to Paul Duffen:

Denzil Gunner is noted for the impressive efficiency that he brings to his dispute and reputation management practice, he has been ranked as “one to watch” by Chambers for both his Defamation and Intellectual Property work. Denzil advises both companies and individuals on all of their reputation management and intellectual property concerns, focussing on the client’s commercial requirements.  His non-contentious practice includes advising on the most suitable exploitation of intellectual property and drafting unique documents such as competition rules, assignments and licenses to deal with this.  Contentious matters he has acted on include defamation, privacy, data protection, false endorsement claims, passing off and copyright infringement.

Denzil has built up an impressive trade mark portfolio, advising and managing applications throughout the world for a wide range of individuals and businesses, including cartoonists, celebrities, nightclubs, television production companies and health spas.  This practice covers the full range of trade mark work, including applications, oppositions and licensing as well as giving pre-application advice on brand and trade mark issues.

Mark Thomson specialises in all aspects of media law, including defamation, confidence, privacy and copyright and acts for both claimants and defendants. He also practices in the areas of copyright and passing off and does media regulatory work.

Chambers and Partners 2009 said “Dynamic Mark Thomson is simply wonderful on prominent libel and privacy actions and knows the law like the back of his hand”. Legal 500 have rated Mark as a Leading Individual in Defamation and Privacy for the last 6 years.

Atkins Thomson’s clients include Jay Jopling, Marco Pierre White, Vodafone, Keira Knightley, Naomi Campbell, Kate Winslet, Simon le Bon, Lily Allen, Sienna Miller, Margaret McDonagh, Lord Sawyer, Ewan McGregor, Martin Sorrell, WPP, Michelle Collins, Jarvis, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie and Michael Sheen.  Blair family, Michael Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Sean Bean, Kate Beckinsale, Simon Cowell, David Soul, Anna Richardson, Max Clifford, Nica Burns, Cat Deeley, Sir Norman Rosenthal.  

Chambers Directory 2009 says about Atkins Thomson ''A skilled team of experts that show flair for the tricky stuff.''

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