Clive Coleman is the BBC's Legal Correspondent, a role he arrived at via a career as a barrister, Principal Lecturer in Law, and then one of the country's leading comedy writers.
He works across television news and radio, appearing regularly on the Today programme, Five Live, Breakfast, The News Channel and BBC news bulletins.For six years from 2004–2010 he presented the BBC's flagship legal analysis programme 'Law In Action' on Radio 4, a role for which, in 2009, he won the Bar Council's Legal Broadcasting Award. Clive has presented many other television and radio programmes for the BBC including Panorama (BBC1), Profile (R4), Pick of the Week (R4), The Cases That Changed Our World (R4).
Clive Coleman began his career as a barrister in 1986 at the chambers of Robin Stewart QC at 2 Harcourt Buildings, Temple. Working in both crime and civil law, for prosecution and defence, his career started in spectacular fashion when he managed to get his first client off with a mere six-month prison sentence. That was for a parking offence, though, to be fair, he had just parked on top of his social worker!
So, it's perhaps not surprising that he saw the funny side of life in court and wanted to write about it. His television credits include:'Dead Ringers','Spitting Image', 'Smith and Jones' and 'Chambers' his hit BBC1 sit-com about barristers, starring John Bird, James Fleet and Sarah Lancashire. He's also written a huge amount of comedy for Radio with credits including, 'Weekending', 'The News Huddlines' and his sit-com 'Spending My Inheritance', starring Kris Marshall. Clive Coleman's also written television drama for the ITV series 'The Bill' (for whom he has also acted as a legal consultant on court based story lines).
In 1992, Clive Coleman won the prestigious BBC Radio Light Entertainment Contract Writers Award. In 1998 he won the BBC's inaugural 'Frank Muir Award', for outstanding comedy writing. He has also written regularly on 'The Times' comment pages and for 'The Guardian' and 'The Independent'.