Farrers partner 'ordered surveillance' of phone-hacking lawyers

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  • Shocking! though hardly surprising unfortunately.

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  • This is (unfortunately) nothing new for Farrers.

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  • So should any firm or lawyer working opposite Farrers should assume they are being watched?

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  • Apparently this was done to find out whether Mark Lewis and Charlotte Harris were "an item" and sharing confidential information, with a view to potential misconduct complaints. Hmmm... so....
    (a) how does that justify tailing Mr Lewis' wife and daughter (not likely to be aware of such activities, one would think)?
    (b) even if they were or had been an item, how does that automatically go on to prove that they were sharing information? I don't discuss client's information with my wife, so why would these two do so in an extra-marital context?
    Could be straight off the pages of a thriller... It sounds like a macho "hollywood" approach designed to impress a client who itself wouldn't think twice at stooping to such tactics in pursuit of a story.

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  • Disgraceful.
    And how ironic that Julian Pike apparently specialises in reputation management!

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  • Its hardly a surprise that a firm so closely connected to News Corp aka MOSSAD should be acting in this manner.

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  • Tut, tut, will this mean removal of the Royal warrant? I can't imagine `the Firm' being too pleased about `their' solicitors being involved in such guttersnipe activities.

    In fact, I would confidently expect to see the head of Mr Pike on a pike at the Tower - or perhaps, if suitable terms can be agreed, tastefully mounted in the reception at Olswang.

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  • Inappropriate? Definitely. Leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Undoubtedly. Would you like it to happen to you? No way. But have Farrers actually done anything wrong? (Genuine question.) If there was a suspicion that there was inappropriate sharing of information then finding out whether the two sols in question were in a relationship could be wholly legitimate. I too am not entirely sure what the ex-wife and daughter could possibly have had to do with it but it's at least possible that the investigator was preparing a file on Mr Lewis. In thoroughly bad taste but again I wonder whether they have actually done anything wrong.

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  • Anonymous 8 Nov 7:39 - where is your moral compass?
    Course they've done something wrong. Is it actionable? Maybe, maybe not but it is, undoubtedly, wrong.
    Get a grip.

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  • I am not convinced this is indicative of the behaviour of all Farrer & Co partners but surely Mr Pike has overstepped the mark. For journalists to forgo accepted standards of moral behaviour in search of sensationalism may be acceptable but for a solicitor of the supreme court to do so is certainly not. Not only has Mr Pike brought the name of Farrers into disrepute by the reputaion of solicitors as a whole.

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  • Anonymous | 9-Nov-2011 2:28 pm
    I think I made it fairly clear that I don't approve of this behaviour and I think my moral compass is relatively intact. Please can someone explain in rational and non-hysterical terms (ideally without an ad hominem attack thrown in as a bonus) why this is wrong. I'm genuinely interested, as I try and get a grip...
    Anonymous | 8-Nov-2011 7:39 pm

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  • I wonder if Mark Bridges has been summoned to the Palace to explain Pike's conduct. I shouldn't think Farrer's reprehensible activities would go down too well with Her Maj.

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  • Could this be the end of the road for Farrers.
    Remember Arthur A

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