Libel and privacy lawyer Mark Thomson is to join West End boutique Atkins Solicitors from media firm Carter Ruck. Thomson will join the firm as a named partner and Atkins will rebrand as Atkins Thomson. The media partner has been instructed in several high-profile cases and has acted for celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Keira Knightley and Hugh Laurie. He specialises in media law with a particular emphasis on privacy issues. Atkins was established in 2006 by Graham Atkins.