So Julian Pike, Partner at Farrers, is in the news again following a Newsnight scoop which suggests that he has had a role in the surveillance of lawyers opposing him in Hacking related claims. The Lawyer puts it like this: Farrers contentious media partner Julian Pike, who is no longer instructed by News International on … Continue reading Hackgate VI: The Plot Thickens, Like Concrete
There’s another story in the Guardian about Hackgate, suggesting a deepening of concern over Julian Pike (of Farrers) revelations to the DCMS Select Committee (see my post on that here). The key allegation appears to be this: In correspondence seen by the Guardian, the BBC had alleged: "NI executives made statements, that have subsequently shown … Continue reading Hackgate V: Lawyers – a duty not to mislead?
According to the Guardian report of yesterday’s DCMS select committee hearing, a partner in Farrer & Co, Julian Pike has admitted that he knew his client, News International was misleading Parliament but has indicated that he could do nothing about it because of client confidentiality. The crucial passage is here. He conceded that: "he hadn't … Continue reading Hackgate IV: Farrers – an ethical error?
It appears News International have waived confidentiality to permit Harbottle & Lewis to talk to Parliamentary Commitees and the Police. There appears to be some doubt about the terms of that release (the Lawyer reports it in the following terms for instance): However, on Wednesday evening, a statement, understood to be issued by parent company … Continue reading Hackgate III: some possible implications of Harbottle’s release
Lawyer's involvement has developed as an important element in the Hackgate story. The Evening Standard reported in yesterday's edition some in News International being angry at the advice received from their lawyers. The BBC's Robert Peston is reporting via 'a source' that smoking gun emails included an allegation that: "In one of the dynamite e-mails, … Continue reading Hackgate II: the Lawyers Fight Back
US scandals (Watergate, Savings and Loan, Enron and latterly Lehman) have tended to prompt the question: where were the lawyers? Indeed, Watergate is widely credited with being the first crisis to prompt a flourishing of legal ethics scholarship. Interestingly, this has not tended to happen in the UK. Solicitors have tended to avoid the controversy … Continue reading Hackgate: where were the lawyers?