Active defamation practice known for its representation of the Police Federation, as well as trade unions. Significant privacy practice focused on the misuse of private information and data protection breaches. Also frequently acts for high-profile and private individuals, concerning both pre- and post-publication matters.
Strengths: One client describes the team as 'professional, courteous and responsive.'
Another notes: 'They're very good at what they do and are very quick to respond.'
Jeremy Clarke-Williams is well regarded for his expertise in advising a wide range of clients on complex privacy and defamation matters. 'He is one of the most experienced solicitors in this area. He's an extremely accomplished litigator and a very good client handler - someone to trust with a tricky case.'
Adele Ashton is recognised for her expertise advising on a broad array of reputation management issues, especially defamation and privacy issues. 'An excellent practitioner who is willing to find novel arguments to resolve cases.'
Chambers UK - 2021 edition
Housed within the commercial dispute resolution department, the reputation management offering at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP covers defamation and misuse of private information advice. The team is often called in to assist other departments, such as family law, employment, private client and charities, handle highly sensitive cases in which reputational and privacy issues are likely to arise. Crisis management around sexual harassment allegations and data protection incidents are making up an increasing amount of the team's workload. Jeremy Clarke-Williams is a solid performer in high profile libel cases; he is often instructed by corporate clients both as claimants and defendants. Adele Ashton assists clients with issues prior to publication, as well as in litigation arising from breach of privacy rights.
Each individual carefully points out the pros and cons of each option, resulting in the client gaining solid basic legal advice to choose how to proceed. All members of the team are highly responsive.
Good competences and spread in the handling of cases.
The Legal 500 - 2021 edition
The 'small but highly effective' reputation management and privacy department at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP demonstrates particular strength in matters related to the firm's expertise in family, private client and employment law. Team head Jeremy Clarke-Williams, who is regarded as a 'leading light', has ample experience in all aspects of libel, reputation management and privacy law and acts for members of parliament, celebrities and private individuals alike. In addition to her expertise in litigation, 'hard-working' associate director Adele Ashton also offers pre-publication advice.
The Legal 500 - 2020 edition
Jeremy Clarke-Williams offers extensive experience of all aspects of defamation, privacy law and reputation management. Impressed commentators name him as ‘a solicitor of vast experience in every aspect of practice, both in prosecuting and avoiding litigation.’ Sources also state: ‘His sympathetic personality and wealth of experience have made him an unerring judge of the strengths and weaknesses of all the players on both sides of any dispute.’
Adele Ashton represents claimants and defendants in relation to libel, breach of confidence and data protection issues. One source says: ‘She thinks critically and is really an exceptional lawyer.’
Chambers UK - 2019 edition
Penningtons Manches LLP has established itself as a key player in the space following the recruitment of Jeremy Clarke-Williams and associate director Adele Ashton. Clarke-Williams is ‘a first-class lawyer’, who has ‘exceptional experience’, and his ‘pragmatic and determined approach coupled with expert advice always achieves results’.
The Legal 500 - 2017 edition