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Jeremy Clarke-WilliamsSenior Principal Lawyer, Commercial Litigation, Media Libel & Defamation

Experience Profile

Jeremy is the head of the media libel and privacy department.

His expertise covers defamation, misuse of private information, confidentiality, data protection, media litigation, and reputation management.

During his career he has successfully represented clients against virtually every national newspaper and broadcaster in the UK, as well as a wide array of local papers, magazines, radio stations, book publishers and private individuals.

He acts for the members, officials and head offices of trade unions, membership organisations, staff associations and the Police Federation as well as for many private individuals from all walks of life.

His practice covers both claimant and defendant work.

Jeremy regularly advises on the complex and developing area of defamation and the misuse of private information published on the internet.


  • Defamation
  • Misuse of private information
  • Confidentiality
  • Reputation management
  • Data Protection
  • Mediation

Commendations from independent legal directories

  • Chambers and Partners: “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." 
  • Legal 500

Career history

  • Since 1986 Slater and Gordon

Professional memberships

  • An Accredited Mediator since 2007 who regularly conducts mediations in that capacity
  • A member of the Civil Mediation Council
  • Member of the Law Society’s Defamation Pre-action Protocol Committee
  • Member of the Law Society’s Defamation Reference Group. 
  • Member of the Early Resolution Procedure Committee 
  • Founding member of Lawyers for Media Standards, a body promoting access to justice in publication claims
  • Member of the London Solicitors’ Litigation Association