Harbottle given all clear to discuss News International role

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  • News International have put the ball firmly into Harbottle's court. Any kind of rebuttal to press reporting has to acheive two things to draw a line - explain their brief and do so in a way that shows why the finger pointing is wrong and unfair in order to kill off further questions. And even if News International have waived confidentiality, Harbottle may still be free to assert that it is not in their client's interest to have their lawyers commenting however much it is in that law firm's interest to do so and choose to stay above it and ride it out. That is a big call to make.

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  • Well Rupert Murdcoh brought it on himself so even if it is not in the client's best interest to discuss. Harbottle should bat this away firmly.

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  • Harbottle should bat this away firmly ....
    If they can. A great defence is that 'we'd like to tell you all the truth and you'll all see how right we were but can't because of client confidentiality - so you'll just have to believe us'.
    But News International have now asked them to put up or shut up. Not only do they have to bat this away firmly they have to put the ball out of the ground, over the pavilion and lost. Let's hear it guys.
    Ask David Cameron how easy it is to make a News International issue 'go away'.

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