Jan Clements

Jan Clements

Jan was admitted as a Solicitor in 1996. She initially specialised in criminal law and public law, such as judicial review and later developed a niche editorial legal practice.

In 1999 she joined Guardian News & Media as a media lawyer and helped to set up the in-house editorial legal department. She was in-house senior editorial lawyer atGuardian News & Media for some 18 years, playing a leading role in award winning in-house team for the Observer and Guardian. Since 2016 she has developed her own practise as a media lawyer offering pre-publication advice and training to news organisations, broadcasters, specialist publishers and NGOs. Jan has worked with highly respected publishers and broadcasters including The Times & Sunday Times, Guardian News & Media, ITN as well as with NGOs such as Global Witness and specialist publishers such as British Medical Journal.

Jan advises on editorial (including digital and broadcast) content; on prepublication issues;  data protection policies and practices;  ethical issues around newsgathering; intellectual property; and compliance questions. 

She has expertise in freedom of information having handled several successful FOI appeals including the case of R(Evans) v HIM Attorney General (Supreme Court) 2015 (access to Prince Charles’ correspondence with government Ministers).


Her publications include training materials on journalistic privilege and freedom of expression to the European Council 2014-2015 and co-author “Regulating the media” in Media Law, Oxford University Press 2009 (former name Jan Johannes), and “The Rise of Collaboration in Investigative Journalism”, The Reuters Institute 2018.

Qualifications Include

  • Practitioner Certificate, Data Protection PDP
  • Practitioner Certificate, Freedom of Information Distinction PDP
  • Admitted to Solicitors Roll 1996
  • Legal Practice Court, College of Law 1994
  • Common Professional Entrance, Commended 1993
  • Food Resources Related to Community Development, Queen Mary’s College, University of London 1981
  • BA Social Anthropology 2:1 University of Sussex, 1980