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Penningtons Manches LLP

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Jeremy Clarke-Williams

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Penningtons Manches LLP

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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)

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Penningtons Manches LLP's 'level of service is outstanding and the team understands clients' commercial concerns'. Its commercial litigation work covers international litigation; group actions; banking and finance disputes; and defamation and reputation management. Other areas of strength are cyber crime, IP and IT disputes, product liability, regulatory matters and high-net-worth disputes.Commercial dispute resolution group Rustam Dubash is India group head, John Doherty's 'advice is a luxury for clients' and Richard Marshall is international litigation and arbitration head. Also recommended are Alex Fox, Jeremy Clarke-Williams, Noel McMichael, David Niven and Philip D’Costa. Dan Hyde joined from Howard Kennedy LLP.

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant

Within: Product liability: defendant

John Doherty  heads Penningtons Manches LLP practice and acts for large multinationals in unsafe consumer products matters and investigations conducted by Trading Standards, among other work. The practice was boosted with the hiring of Dan Hyde  from Howard Kennedy LLP in August 2017, and Jeremy Clarke-Williams  who joined in September 2017 from Slater and Gordon. The practice continues to act for Cannon Automotive and C.A. Holdings in proceedings against its former US distributor in relation to BMW car mats and Hyundai vehicles that were allegedly defective and sold across the US. Other key practitioners to note are Richard Marshall and Elise Bevan.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

Penningtons Manches LLP has impressive capabilities across the full range of libel, reputation management and privacy law and is also adept at providing pre-publication advice. The group is regularly called on by other departments in the firm to act for individuals and clients include high-profile and high-net-worth individuals, as well as police officers and companies. Associate director Adele Ashton is representing a professional photographer in proceedings concerning defamation, negligence and breaches of the Data Protection Act concerning a nude photo shoot on a National Trust for Scotland property; the claim is subject to contested jurisdiction. Other recent work for Ashton includes acting for the claimant in a claim against a Foundation Trust pertaining to the alleged misuse of private information and breach of confidence and breach of the Data Protection Act. Head of reputation and privacy Jeremy Clarke-Williams is another key name.

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