There’s a very interesting story from Roy Greenslade on the Guardian about journalists arrested in the ongoing hacking investigations. If his informants are right then there is a serious risk that News International funding of employee defences is compromising the administration of justice in these cases. He reports that some of the journalists, “would like … Continue reading Hacking*: Is Litigation Funding Compromising the Lawyer Client Relationship?
With the Independent publishing a story suggesting the Prime Ministor is receiving (or has received) legal tutoring from a top team of lawyers, I have written a piece for the Guardian on the perils of witness coaching. We don’t know what form the tutoring of the PM has taken, but there are questions to be … Continue reading Hacking Updates: the Prime Minister, Lawyers, Corporate Goverance and Burton Copeland
James Harding, editor of the Times apologised today to the Leveson inquiry for not disclosing information to Mr Justice Eady, in a 2009 injunction application, that would have confirmed a journalist at his paper had hacked into an email account. In particular, the Guardian report that the Times did not disclose to the court that the reporter … Continue reading Hacking and lawyers: privilege again…
In-house lawyers for Mirror Group Newspapers have hit the news via Legalfutures for their handling of hacking allegations. Coming many years after the original hacking allegations (many blogs here), the case presents some interesting examples of how long ethical problems can remain dormant before bursting into dangerous life for the accused lawyers but also how … Continue reading Holding up the mirror on rulers for unlawfulness?
The FT has published a detailed story (£) on Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) with Allen & Overy the focus, for having represented Harvey Weinstein during a sexual harassment claim. Of course, Harvey W is as entitled to legal representation as the next rich, white male,* and NDAs are a common practice where unsavoury allegations are made … Continue reading AO, AO, AO: Weinstein’s men and the long arm of the law
Interesting story in the Press Gazette about the resignation of Paul Vickers from IPSO. Evan Harris, associate director of Hacked Off, is reported as saying: “Only newspaper corporations which care nothing about the damage done to the innocent victims of the criminal abuse in their industry, and even less about the cover-ups or codes of … Continue reading Reputational hangover does for former Dir of Legal
What does the Charles Béar QC opinion tell us about Lord Grabiner’s investigation for the Bank of England apart from the Bar’s increasing engagement in opinion giving as a form of public advocacy designed to heighten political pressure? He seeks to answer two questions: was the review conducted adequately and were its terms of reference … Continue reading Béar growls but does not roar: the Bank of England and the remit problem
An interesting Independent story on the Mirror’s Hacking travails has the barrister for the claimants, David Sherborne, making an allegation in open court that earlier public statements relating to phone hacking made by senior Trinity Mirror individuals were “knowingly false”. The Independent lists a whole set of statements including these ones: “I am not aware of any … Continue reading In-house media lawyer heading for the spotlight?
It’s quite a rarity for a practising lawyer to suggest serious unethicality on the part of his or her colleagues, so when it happens it’s worth taking notice. Often too the allegations need to be carefully circumscribed with the ifs and buts of unadjudicated facts and speculation. Not so this blog by Jolyon Maugham, where … Continue reading Wild Boys: BSB should act…?
An interesting snippet of evidence emerged from the Hacking trial yesterday according to the Inforrm blog. “You have to think about what is worse – her doing a deal with Max which will be perceived as a cover up or indemnifying Mulcaire so that he won’t say anything about NGN. He could say anything and he … Continue reading Employer Funding in Criminal and Civil Cases