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We have a renowned team of Defamation Solicitors with a formidable reputation among its rivals and within the media. We are one of the best-regarded claimant law firms in the UK.
Plebgate Police Officer Wins £80,000 Damages in Andrew Mitchell Libel Action
Slater and Gordon Lawyers successfully represented Metropolitan Police officer, PC Rowland, in his defamation action against Andrew Mitchell MP arising from the incident which became known as “Plebgate”. Mr Mitchell had falsely accused PC Rowland of lying in his police report about the words Mr Mitchell had said to him during their encounter at the gates of Downing Street in September 2012. PC Rowland had correctly refused to allow Mr Mitchell to leave through the main vehicle gates on his bicycle, directing him to use the side gate, and Mr Mitchell had then sworn at PC Rowland and referred to the police as “plebs.” Mr Mitchell’s accusations about PC Rowland were very widely publicised in the media, causing PC Rowland and his family huge damage and distress.
The Court action was strongly defended by Mr Mitchell, but in November 2014 PC Rowland won at the trial to determine what had actually happened on the night in question. The Judge concluded that Mr Mitchell had said the words which PC Rowland had recorded him as saying. Following this decision, Mr Mitchell agreed to pay PC Rowland £80,000 damages and his legal costs.
This was the most high profile defamation case for many years and attracted enormous public and media interest.
Defamation, Privacy & Human Rights
The law relating to defamation, privacy & human rights and the increasing use of electronic communications has changed dramatically. Our defamation, privacy & human rights law practice has grown to encompass all these developments including online and off-line reputation management issues. 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 regularly contribute to television, radio and legal and national press publications.
Our Solicitors are experts in advising and finding solutions before damage has been caused by content being published in print, online or broadcast on TV or Radio.
If you find yourself the target of media interest, for whatever reason, we can help you manage this and your reputation.
Call our Media, Libel & Privacy Solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9081 or contact us online.
Alongside our libel cases we are proud of the recognition our media Lawyers attract in London, the UK and internationally.
Media, Libel & Privacy Law Makers
Our Media, Libel & Privacy Solicitors help to shape the law. Many of our cases have made new law and have been widely reported on. For example, 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.
Slater and Gordon Lawyer Jeremy Clarke-Williams leads our team and wrote ‘A Practical Guide to Libel & Slander’ and contributes to Jordan’s Civil Court Service; ‘the Brown Book’.
Our Approach to Media, Libel & Privacy Claims
Slater and Gordon Lawyers are committed to providing a high-quality, individual and cost-effective service. We listen to our clients and work to find the most appropriate solutions. 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, Judges, nurses, police officers, sports personalities, private individuals, teachers, PLCs, senior civil servants, NHS senior executives, senior Union officials and members of unions and associations.
Call our Media, Libel & Privacy Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9081 or contact us online.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have offices in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Halifax, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Halifax, Newcastle, Wakefield, Merseyside & meeting rooms in Bramhall, Cheshire.
The Legal 500 has stated that "Slater and Gordon Lawyers are 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".