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For expert advice or immediate legal representation call the Media, Libel & Privacy Solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9081 or contact us online and we will call you.
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.
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.
We are currently working with victims of the data breach at 56 Dean Street Clinic to investigate the legal options available for them.
To read more about this please see the blog from team on the 56 Dean Street privacy breach
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.
Alongside our libel cases we are proud of the recognition our media Lawyers attract in London, the UK and internationally.
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’.
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.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers is one of the UK's largest and well known law firms with offices in Newcastle, London, Manchester, Ashton-Under Lyne, Liverpool, Chester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Preston, Wakefield and Wrexham.
The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016/17 edition stated that "Slater and Gordon’s team ‘excels in the field of reputation management’. Jeremy Clarke-Williams, who is ‘unparalleled in client care and attention to detail’, represented former Top Gear producer, Oisin Tymon, in libel proceedings against the Daily Mail and Express Newspapers. The team is frequently sought out by unions and routinely represents police officers, with Adele Ashton acting for two officers in claims for misuse of private information.“
The 2015/16 Chambers UK Guide to Solicitors highlighted Slater and Gordon’s Media Libel & Privacy team as: "Well equipped to handle a range of defamation cases, acting for individuals, unions and organisations. Acknowledged as a go-to outfit for cases concerning misuse of private information." The Guide also included a quote from one of our clients who said: "Everyone I deal with is extremely polite, professional and cares greatly about the representation they give and the service they provide."