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Jeremy Clarke-WilliamsSenior Principal Lawyer, Commercial Litigation, Media Libel & Defamation
Jeremy is a Senior Principal Lawyer, for Commercial Litigation, Media Libel & Defamation. He joined Slater & Gordon Lawyers in 1986 and has been a Principal Lawyer since 1989. He specialises in defamation, misuse of private information, media litigation, and reputation management.
Acts for the members, officials and head offices of Trade Unions, Membership Organisations, Staff Associations and the Police Federation and for private individuals. He advises both claimants and defendants.
Over the years, he has successfully represented clients against virtually every national newspaper and television company, as well as a wide array of local papers, magazines, radio stations, book publishers and private individuals.
Pre-publication work and reputation management are other important areas, involving work to prevent damage being done before publication, advising clients who find themselves the subject of media attention on how best to deal with it, and libel reading books, articles and press releases before they are published. Jeremy also regularly advises on the complex area of defamatory campaigns and the misuse of private information published on the internet.
The Chambers Independent Legal Guide 2015 ranks Jeremy as a “Leader in the Field” of Defamation and Privacy, describing him as "absolutely fantastic" noting that he has had another trailblazing year, acting on some of the most high-profile cases in the field. He has an unparalleled reputation representing unions and industrial clients, and is praised as "professional and experienced." Marketplace observers extol Clarke-Williams as "courteous, reasonable and ego-free."
In Chambers & Partners 2014 Jeremy is ranked in Band 2 for Defamation/Reputation Management "The experienced Jeremy Clarke-Williams is a "very reassuring solicitor" best known for his work with trade unions and associations such as the Police Federation of England and Wales. He is "friendly and approachable" and his "advice is always timely and clear".
The Chambers & Partners 2013 UK legal directory states that Key Individual "Jeremy Clarke-Williams is the head of the defamation and reputation management team. Clients enthuse about working with someone who "is the king of under-promise and over-deliver - his disarmingly mild manner masks a brilliant and decisive legal brain." He recently represented Dominic Raab MP in a libel claim against Associated Newspapers concerning an article in the Mail on Sunday"
Chambers and Partners 2012 says that Jeremy "has very good judgement, a high turnover of work, and always does well by his clients." He was recently involved in settling the 40 libel claims brought on behalf of members of the Stevens 3 inquiry.
Chambers and Partners 2011 states that Jeremy is "Sympathetic to the clients and aware of the need to control every angle of litigation."
Chambers and Partners 2010 states that Jeremy is held in high regard by clients: “He has a warm and easy-going style which makes you feel relaxed, and he can think tactically and see his way around things.”
Chambers and Partners 2009 highly recommended Jeremy and comments that "Jeremy Clarke-Williams is a ‘tough player and tireless adversary’ who is also admired for his efficiency, swift responses and encyclopaedic knowledge.”
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".
The Legal 500 2011 states that "Team head Jeremy Clarke-Williams is "sensitive to the needs of clients".
The Legal 500 2009 comments that "Jeremy Clarke-Williams enjoys a fine reputation".
Publications and involvement in professional bodies
Jeremy wrote “A Practical Guide to Libel and Slander” with Lorna Skinner, published by Butterworths in 2003. He is also the defamation editor of the Civil Court Service (The ‘Brown Book’) published twice yearly by Jordans.
He is a member of the Law Society’s Defamation Pre-action Protocol Committee and their Defamation Reference Group. He is also a member of the Early Resolution Procedure Committee chaired by Sir Charles Gray and is a founding member and treasurer of Lawyers for Media Standards, a body promoting access to justice in publication claims.
Jeremy is recognised as an expert in defamation and privacy and regularly writes articles for, and contributes comment to, both the legal and national media, as well as speaking at conferences.
Jeremy has been an Accredited Mediator since 2007 and regularly conducts mediations in that capacity. He is a member of the Civil Mediation Council.
Jeremy’s memberships include the London Solicitors’ Litigation Association, London Solicitors’ Golfing Society, British Library, Ellenborough Table Tennis Club, and the London Cycling Campaign.
Jeremy trained at Blyth Dutton (since merged with Lawrence Graham) before joining Russell Jones & Walker, part of Slater & Gordon Lawyers on qualification as a solicitor.