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, and continues to work regularly with The TimesSunday Times and Guardian. He works with a number of clients in book and magazine publishing, and is also an experienced TV lawyer, with credits for legal work on BBC prime time shows and many years’ work for independent production companies on documentaries, comedies, films, music and sports series.

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, editors and broadcasters all his life, as both a lawyer and writer, Alex brings a quick-thinking, practical approach to content clearance, with one overriding aim: to see the story published.