Slater & Gordon Lawyers have always had a renowned defamation team with a formidable reputation among its rivals and within the media. We are one of the best-regarded claimant firms in the country.
Alongside our traditional libel work we are proud of the recognition our media practice is attracting both in London and nationwide.
Our Recent Reported Cases
We acted for Peter Cruddas, Chief Executive of CMC Markets and former Treasurer of the Conservative Party, in a resounding victory against The Sunday Times in his libel action against the newspaper and two of its Insight journalists.
The newspaper has been ordered to pay Mr Cruddas £180,000 in damages (including £15,000 for aggravated damages) and his legal costs. This is one of the highest libel awards in recent years and reflects both the seriousness of the allegations and the damage and distress they caused to Mr Cruddas.
Defamation, privacy and human rights
The law relating to defamation, privacy and human rights and the increasing use of electronic communications has changed dramatically in recent years. Our practice has grown to encompass all these developments. Our expertise in these areas is recognised to such an extent that our opinion is often sought by the media for comment on and analysis of current cases, and we contribute regularly to television, radio and legal and national press publications.
We are also experienced in advising and finding solutions before damage has been caused by an article being published or a programme broadcast on television or radio. If you find yourself the target of media interest, for whatever reason, we can help you manage this and your reputation.
Our experienced team helps to shape the law. Many of our cases have made new law and have been reported. We set up and chaired a working party to devise a Defamation Pre-Action Protocol after the changes to the Civil Procedure Rules; we are on the Civil Justice Committee and the Department of Constitutional Affairs Panel on Defamation Costs, and a member of the Law Society’s Defamation Reference Group. We have written ‘A Practical Guide to Libel and Slander’ and contribute to Jordan’s Civil Court Service (‘the Brown Book’).
The Legal 500 2013 edition states that "Slater & Gordon Lawyers is acting for former treasurer of the Conservative Party Peter Cruddas in libel litigation against The Sunday Times, having settled two previous libel cases for the same client. Jeremy Clarke-Williams heads the group, which also has substantial experience representing defendants".
Our approach to media, libel and privacy claims
Team is committed to providing a high-quality, individual and cost-effective service to our clients. We work with them to find the most appropriate solution. We are proud of our diverse client base and take pride in offering a unique and personal service to all our clients, whatever their circumstances. Our clients include MPs, nurses, judges, police officers, sports personalities, private individuals, headteachers, major plcs, senior civil servants, NHS senior executives, senior union officials and members of unions and associations
Contact us to discuss your media, libel or privacy claim
Please call 0800 916 9081 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our expert solicitors operate from offices across the country and can offer immediate and accessible representation anywhere in the UK.
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