Jeremy Clarke-Williams > Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Work Department

Commercial dispute resolution - reputation management


Jeremy is head of the reputation management team specialising in defamation, privacy, data protection, confidentiality and harassment.

Acted for PC Toby Rowland in his successful libel action against Andrew Mitchell MP (the ‘Plebgate’ case); for Peter Cruddas, CEO of CMC Markets and former Treasurer of the Conservative Party in his successful libel action against the Sunday Times and two of its journalists; for Carmarthenshire County Council in its successful defence of a libel action brought by Jacqueline Thompson and in the successful counterclaim for libel damages by its Chief Executive, Mark James; and for Robert Murat in successful libel claims against the Sun on Sunday, Daily Mail, Express and Daily Star. Has advised the Police Federation, the NASUWT and the League Managers’ Association and their members on defamation and privacy matters for many years.

Publications of note: ‘A Practical Guide to Libel and Slander’ (with Lorna Skinner) (2003 – Butterworths/Lexis Nexis); defamation contributor to ‘Civil Court Service’ (published annually by Lexis Nexis)


Trained Blyth Dutton; qualified 1986; Russel Jones & Walker / Slater & Gordon 1986-2017 – partner 1989, equity partner 1994; partner Penningtons Manches 2017


Law Society’s Defamation Pre-action Protocol Group; founding member of Lawyers for Media Standards; has twice given evidence on defamation and privacy matters to Parliamentary Committees. Captain of London Solicitors Golfing Society 2015-16.


Portsmouth Grammar School; Birmingham University – LLB (1982)

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London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management

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Jeremy Clarke-WilliamsPenningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The reputation management and privacy team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP encompasses a wide range of focus areas, including defamation, misuse of private information, harassment and data protection. Social media is another growing area of expertise. Jeremy Clarke-Williams advises on defamation, breach of confidence and misuse of private information matters, and co-leads the team with Adele Ashton, who has a strong track record acting for both claimants and defendants on issues concerning privacy, defamation and data protection.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Advising football teams and athletes across a range of sports – notably including sailing and yacht races – on brand protection, employment, reputational and commercial disputes and issues are routine instructions for Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s sports team. Practice head Andrew Haywood focuses on employment and disciplinary issues, while Richard Marshall regularly works on contentious and contractual matters in football – often with a multijurisdictional aspect. Nick Humphreys is a key contact for managers, coaches and backroom staff in the football industry, undertaking matters pertaining to high court and employment tribunal litigations. James Severn and Jeremy Clarke-Williams are key names to note for agent-player disputes and defamation claims, respectively.