Harbottle & Lewis has muscled in on Lee & Thompson’s trophy clients David and Victoria Beckham, advising the couple on possible legal action over the infamous Rebecca Loos interview broadcast by Sky last Thursday (15 April).
The Lawyer understands there was no discussion of an injunction, although it seems likely that legal action was threatened before the programme aired in an attempt to prevent its broadcast.
Victoria Beckham has been with Lee & Thompson since the Spice Girls split with former manager Simon Fuller in 1997. Prior to that the band had used Harbottles, which is the regular adviser to Fuller and his company, 19 Management. She then introduced husband David to Lee & Thompson during their courtship.
In July 2003, Posh rehired 19 Management and was later joined by husband David following his split with SFX, as first revealed in a worldwide exclusive by www.thelawyer. com (5 December 2003). It is the 19 Management connection, where former Harbottles lawyer Andy Stinson resides as head of legal, which is likely to have brought Harbottles the instruction.
Sky is being advised by Goodman Derrick media partner Nicholas Armstrong, who is a longstanding adviser to the media giant. Barrister David Sherborne of 5 Raymond Buildings has also been instructed, while Schillings is acting for SFX.