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Penningtons Manches Cooper



Reputation Managers

Reputation & Privacy Lawyers


London, United Kingdom

Advice type



Data protection

Legal - Reputation

Sector focus

Legal Advisory Services

Internet & Media


Adele Ashton


A defamation and privacy specialist with over 15 years’ experience, Adele Ashton joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2017. Her current practice involves advising both claimants and defendants on matters of defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, data protection and reputation management.

She says an effective defamation lawyer requires the analytical skills to monitor which decisions are in their client’s interests, ‘whether that is taking action or doing nothing. Ultimately, the aim is to make things better for them, and not do anything which will make things worse.

In taking control of the situation, I can hopefully ease their stress and give them peace of mind.’

A recent career highlight involved successfully advising a British police officer on a libel claim relating to the ‘plebgate’ scandal, the well-publicised spat between a politician and police officers at the gates of Downing Street. ‘It was very high profile and had high stakes for the reputations of both parties,’ she says. ‘Sitting in court as the judge took the unusual decision to deliver an ex tempore judgment was extremely nerve-wracking. The joy – and relief – when I realised it was in favour of our client was immense.’ Other recent cases include settling privacy claims for patients of 56 Dean Street (a London sexual health clinic) following the disclosure of sensitive personal information, and acting for three individuals in privacy claims arising from Operation Elveden’s investigation of allegations of journalists paying police officers.

Rank: Recommended

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