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)

Lawyer Rankings

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

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Jeremy Clarke-WilliamsPenningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The reputation management and privacy practice at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP supports both claimants and defendants with libel claims, harassment, and data protection breaches. Head of litigation Clare Arthurs and reputation specialist Jeremy Clarke-Williams co-lead the team, having acted on numerous high-profile libel cases and matrimonial disputes. Adele Ashton has over 20 years’ experience handling complex malicious falsehood and libel claims against major national news outlets, and is leading a number of large data breach claims. The team is supported by associate Eva McHale, who is also recommended.