Renowned libel and privacy lawyer Dr Mark Lewis has today become an honorary patron of Campaign Against Antisemitism.
Dr Lewis began advising Campaign Against Antisemitism pro bono two weeks after it was established, contributing substantially to its successes from behind the scenes, without recognition.
Dr Lewis is one of the foremost libel and privacy lawyers in the country and has been responsible for landmark legal victories, including the voicemail hacking claims which led to the demise of News of the World and the Leveson Inquiry. He devised a strategy for bringing libel actions which he and Campaign Against Antisemitism have begun to use to force antisemites into either apologising in court, or paying substantial damages. The first win for Dr Lewis’ strategy was the recent High Court success against Gilad Atzmon, a notorious antisemite, who was forced to apologise and pay substantial damages.
Dr Lewis joins other public figures as honorary patrons of Campaign Against Antisemitism, including Sir Eric Pickles, Lord Mitchell, Lord Ahmed, Lord Carey, Baroness Deech, Col Richard Kemp, Dame Margaret Hodge MP, Ian Austin MP, Mike Freer MP and Dr Matthew Offord MP.
Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “Dr Mark Lewis is a hero of the Jewish community whose work has gone unsung for far too long. He has been instrumental in making Campaign Against Antisemitism the success that it is. Today we are delighted to recognise his enormous contribution to our work by appointing him an honorary patron of our charity.”