Alex Wade

Alex Wade is a writer, libel lawyer, journalist and editor.


Alex Wade is the author of a novel, Flack’s Last Shift, and four non-fiction books – Wrecking Machine: A Tale of Real Fights and White CollarsSurf Nation: In Search of the Fast Lefts and Hollow Rights of Britain and IrelandAmazing Surfing Stories and A Season on the Med – Riviera Football in Italy and France (With a Trip to Athens for Stan). He has also contributed to other books, including Time Out guides and Dorling Kindersley’s The Road Less Travelled, and worked as a ghost-writer on John Spencer’s The Importance of Being Ethical
Alex has appeared at a number of literary festivals, including Port Eliot, Penzance and Budleigh Salterton. He is a member of the Society of Authors and the former chairman of Surfers Against Sewage. Currently living in Menton, France, Alex co-hosts the FootyontheMed podcast with John O’Hare.

Libel Law

Alex qualified as a solicitor with Carter-Ruck in 1994 and has spent his career working as a libel lawyer for a number of newspapers and publishers, in particular The Times, Guardian and Independent. He has advised many authors on legal issues in their manuscripts and given guest lectures on media law at various universities. In June 2017, Alex joined specialist pre-publication law firm Reviewed & Cleared Ltd.  In February 2022, Alex became Reviewed and Cleared’s CEO.


As well as working as a libel lawyer, Alex also built up a career as a successful freelance journalist, writing mainly on law, sport, literature, art and travel. He has written for all the UK broadsheets, reviews books for the Times Literary Supplement, and in 2009 was short-listed by the Sports Journalists’ Association as sports feature writer of the year. 

Editorial & Copywriting

Alex has edited media law supplements for the Guardian, been the editor of Cornwall Today magazine, and worked as the editorial director of a design agency. He has also edited other magazines and works regularly with universities in interviewing academics and writing content, in particular the universities of Oxford and Reading. With his partner, editor and writer Caroline Davidson, Alex is a co-director of editorial services company Frugal Speech.


For writing, journalism and editorial queries, contact Alex via [email protected]
 For legal queries, please send an email to [email protected]