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Jeremy Clarke-Williams Senior Principal Lawyer

Experience Profile

Jeremy is the head of the Media, Libel & Privacy department based in the London office.  His practice covers all aspects of defamation, breach of confidence, privacy, Data Protection, media handling and reputation management.

Jeremy has been advising police officers and the Police Federation for more than 25 years and has successfully brought claims against every national newspaper and many magazines, broadcasters, local papers and websites.

Notable cases:

  • Mapp v News Group Newspapers Ltd [1997] EMLR 397
  • Geenty v Channel 4 Television Corporation Ltd [1998] EMLR 524CA (Civ Div)
  • Chase v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2003] EMLR 11
  • Ashley v Chief Constable of Sussex [2008] UKHL 25 (for Chris Sherwood, the Intervener)

Jeremy joined RJW, now Slater and Gordon Lawyers, on qualification in 1986 and was made a partner in 1989.  His is consistently rated as one of the leading solicitors in the defamation and privacy field in the Legal 500 and Chambers Guides to the legal profession.

Jeremy attended Portsmouth Grammar School and then obtained his law degree from Birmingham University, before attending law school and completing his training contract in London.

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".

Jeremy is a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association; Director and founder member of Lawyers for Media Standards; accredited mediator since 2007 and Member of the Civil Mediation Council.

Jeremy is author (with Lorna Skinner) of “A Practical Guide to Libel and Slander” (Butterworths, 2003); defamation editor of Jordan’s Civil Court Service (published twice yearly); frequently writes articles and comments to the media on defamation and privacy issues.