Clive Coleman

Senior Partner

As the BBC’s Legal Correspondent, Clive was the face and voice of legal coverage and analysis across the BBC news output on radio, television and the website.

Drawing on his years as a practicing barrister, he covered a vast range of domestic and international legal stories and issues including 2019’s momentous Supreme Court prorogation case, Brexit, the growing courts backlog, the Barclay brothers ‘Ritz’ dispute, GDPR, the VW emissions scandal, phone hacking, Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, and the Hillsborough tragedy inquests.

Clive broke many stories and secured exclusive interviews, including with Lady Hale on her departure from the Supreme Court, Lord Reed on his appointment as President, John Crilly the ex-offender who fought the London Bridge attacker Usman Khan, and many more. He won numerous journalism awards in the role, most recently the 2019 Bar Council Reporting Award for his coverage of the prorogation case. Clive has also received an honorary doctorate of Laws and was made an honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple in recognition of his legal journalism.

Prior to becoming BBC Legal Correspondent, Clive was for six years the presenter of Radio 4’s flagship legal analysis programme ‘Law In Action’, and presented a raft of BBC programmes including Panorama ‘The Death of Kiss and Tell’, on the rise of privacy protection under the Human Rights Act. He has also been a columnist on ‘The Times’ and written for ‘The Guardian’ and ‘The Independent’. His time in journalism has given him a comprehensive knowledge of the media landscape, and a privileged insight into the justice system, the legal profession and the civil and criminal law. Clive has an in-depth knowledge of how news stories work, are managed and affect the lives and reputations of those involved. His litigation training and experience in practice has given him a particular insight into news stories involving those going to law or seeking to avoid legal action, and the role of the lawyers advising and representing them.

Clive is also an acclaimed writer for theatre, television and film. His credits include, the play ‘Young Marx’ which opened Sir Nicholas Hytner’s Bridge Theatre in 2017, ‘Chambers’, his BBC sit-com starring John Bird and Sarah Lancashire, and the film ‘The Duke’ starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent, released in February 2022. Clive’s writing career has given him an understanding of story and narrative that has proved invaluable in anticipating how news stories are likely to develop and play out.

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