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Penningtons Manches LLP

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Adele Ashton

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Penningtons Manches LLP

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Commercial dispute resolution - reputation management


Adele is a defamation and privacy specialist with over 15 years of experience. She advises both claimants and defendants in relation to defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, data protection and reputation management. She also regularly provides guidance in relation to forthcoming publications. Her clients have included private individuals, companies, charities, high profile figures and sportspeople. 

Recent work highlights include: successfully settling privacy claims for a number of 56 Dean Street patients following the disclosure of information by the sexual health clinic; acting for three individuals in misuse of private information claims arising out of Operation Elveden, an investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments by journalists to police officers and other public officials; acting for PC Toby Rowland in his high profile libel claim against Andrew Mitchell MP in relation to what became known as ‘Plebgate’; representing leading businessman Peter Cruddas in his libel action against The Sunday Times; acting for defendants Carmarthenshire County Council and its chief executive in a libel claim brought by a blogger and a successful counterclaim by the chief executive against the blogger.


Trained David Price Solicitors & Advocates; qualified 2004; associate director at Penningtons Manches 2017.


London Solicitors Litigation Association


University of East Anglia; College of Law, London

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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