Alex Wade

Alex qualified as a solicitor with Carter-Ruck in 1994 and went on to be head of legal for Northern & Shell plc. He also worked for Wiggin, Theodore Goddard and Prisma Sports & Media before, in the early 2000s, opting to combine working as a night lawyer for newspapers with being a freelance journalist.

Alex has advised almost every UK newspaper at one time or another, and continues to work regularly with The Times, Sunday Times and Guardian. He also works with a number of publisher clients, in both book and magazine publishing.

With countless bylines to his name, Alex is also a professional writer. He has been short-listed by the Sports Journalists’ Association as sports feature writer of the year, worked as an editor of supplements and microsites for The Guardian, and has written three non-fiction sports books. In 2016, Alex’s first novel, Flack’s Last Shift, was published. Set on Fleet Street at a fictional newspaper, the novel was described by The Times as “Wickedly observant… this witty, pacey thriller is a portrait of newspapers at a time of mighty upheaval.”

Having worked with journalists and editors all his life, as both a lawyer and writer, Alex brings a quick-thinking, practical approach to the business of pre-publication clearance, with one overriding aim: to see the story published.