In-house media lawyer heading for the spotlight?

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?

Hackgate and SOCA: time to look at the lawyers?

Allegations that lawyers are at the forefront of illegal hacking have provided the majority of the press with (another) Leveson bashing story. The extent of the scoop, and the problem with the Leveson failed to investigate stories, are covered here on Inforrm's blog. The basic point is that such allegations were beyond Leveson's remit.  The … Continue reading Hackgate and SOCA: time to look at the lawyers?

Crone, Myler, Murdoch and the What the Hell was Going on Question

I have written a number of posts on the lawyers' roles in the Hacking saga.  Rather  than re-rehearse the ins and outs, interested readers can read those posts by clicking here.  Lord Justice Leveson's analysis of two aspects of the involvement of Tom Crone are below.  His analysis is constrained somewhat by ongoing investigation of … Continue reading Crone, Myler, Murdoch and the What the Hell was Going on Question

Hacking*: Is Litigation Funding Compromising the Lawyer Client Relationship?

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?

Leveson, Murdoch and Burton Copeland: One more smoking gun?

At Leveson today, Rupert Murdoch, somewhat surprisingly, denied knowing that Burton Copeland could not disclose the fruits of their investigation because their clients (NI/NGN) had not waived professional privilege. Surprising because he had a very clear grasp of what he thought the other lawyers had done wrong when instructed by his company and, in particular, … Continue reading Leveson, Murdoch and Burton Copeland: One more smoking gun?