Mediator & media lawyer specialising in defamation, privacy, piracy and IP issues, including international mediation, arbitration for a range of clients worldwide.


Paul Tweed is recognised as one of the world’s highest profile Media Lawyers.  He has operated in the international marketplace for more than thirty years, achieving record damages for clients in Ireland and the UK. He recently gave evidence to the Northern Ireland Select Committee on the subject of compensation to the victims of Libyan sponssored terrorism

He has represented n
ational newspapers, publishers and numerous international personalities in the music, film, sport and entertainment worlds including: - Ashton Kutcher, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Louis Walsh, Harrison Ford, Nicolas Cage, Jennifer Lopez and Liam Neeson. He heads up the Media and Dispute Resolution departments of Johnsons and practices in the jurisdictions of England; Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. He is also registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant by the State Bar of California.

In his capacity as an international mediator and arbitrator, Paul is a member of JAMS International's panel, and has been instrumental in establishing 
JAMS IRELAND, with the support of many of the key players involved in the "mediation" of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. His expertise as a media, sports and professional negligence lawyer have stood him in good stead in practicing as an ADR specialist.

Paul has represented major insurance companies for three deca
des and has frequently been cited as one of the leading experts in professional indemnity and personal injury litigation, and has been involved in a number of ground breaking Actions involving policy and other related disputes.

In conjunction with his media practice, Paul also advises on intellectual and piracy issues.”


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Paul has also written a book entitled "Privacy and Libel Law: The Clash with Press Freedom" (Bloomsbury) which has now been published.

Paul Tweed has been recommended within the category of 'Leaders in their Field’ for the Chambers UK Guide, 2017' in the areas of Defamation & Reputation Management (NI) and Media & Entertainment (NI)

Background and Education

  • Partner, Johnsons, 1983 - 2011
  • Institute of Professional Legal Studies
  • Queen's University of Belfast
  • Bangor Grammar School 

Honours, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recognized by Chambers Directory as a leading media and professional indemnity lawyer
  • Ministry of Justice Defamation & other Judicial Committees
  • Member of the Law Societies of England & Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • State Bar of California registered Foreign Legal Consultant