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Jess’s practice focuses on media disputes and reputation protection. Her experience encompasses intellectual property and contractual disputes and working with high profile individuals and companies in defamation and privacy matters.

She has worked on cases in the High Court, the Copyright Tribunal and the European Court of Justice.  She was a key member of the team representing Sir Cliff Richard in the 2018 landmark case against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police.

Before joining Simkins, Jess worked at sports PR firm Pitch working with clients such as the National Basketball Association, Channel 4 and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games.

Jess is ranked as a “Rising Star” in the Legal 500 2019.

​If you have a reputation protection issue that requires urgent, out-of-hours advice, please call +44 20 7874 5757.

  • "Effective litigator" Jessica Welch.
    Legal 500, 2019
  • "... strength in depth and real experience in this field …"
    Legal 500, 2019