Clarke Willmott partner to leave firm after calling for ‘dedicated Islamic airports and airlines’ on Twitter

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By Alex Aldridge on

EXCLUSIVE: Prominent mid-tier outfit condemns views expressed by partner Jamie Foster and says it has accepted his notice, which was offered “prior to his tweet”.


On Sunday Clarke Willmott partner Jamie Foster tweeted this in an apparent reference to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.


Anger ensued, but the Taunton-based regulatory and litigation specialist stood by what he wrote, and, on Monday, proceeded to issue this explanation of the reasoning behind his tweet.


When contacted yesterday by Legal Cheek, Foster declined to comment. He has since deleted both tweets.

A spokesperson for Clarke Willmott told Legal Cheek that it disassociated itself from the views expressed by Foster and revealed that he is to leave the firm as part of a previously-discussed departure. The firm’s full response is below:

“Mr Foster’s comments in no way reflect the views of Clarke Willmott LLP. We are a diverse business and we do not support such views. Clarke Willmott LLP confirms that prior to his tweet Mr Foster had already provided his notice which has been accepted and he will be leaving the firm in due course.”