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Adele is a defamation and privacy specialist with over 15 years of experience. She joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in February 2017, having previously worked at a top 30 UK law firm as well as a leading niche defamation law practice.

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 broad client base includes both private individuals and companies.

The Legal 500 has described Adele as ‘focused, prompt and meticulous’ and a source in Chambers UK says: ‘She thinks critically and is really an exceptional lawyer.’ Adele has twice been part of a team shortlisted for Litigation Team of the Year at The Lawyer Awards. She contributes articles to institutional magazines and provides expert commentary in media publications on defamation and privacy issues.

Recent work highlights

  • 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.

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