PR Max Clifford has hit out at West End firm Jeffrey Green Russell
PR Max Clifford has hit out at West End firm Jeffrey Green Russell for advising on a confidentiality agreement between lap-dancer Kerry Barker and a singer from boy band Westlife, and then acting for her on the sale of the story to the Sunday People. Barker had a sexual encounter with Westlife member Brian McFadden on his stag night last autumn. She was paid by Westlife's management, through Clifford, to keep it quiet for the rest of her life. A further £1,000 was paid to Jeffrey Green, again through Clifford, for advising Barker on the confidentiality agreement. But last week Barker sold her story to the Sunday People. Jeffrey Green solicitor Stuart Nuttall advised her on the sale of her story to the newspaper. Nuttall had also advised her on the confidentiality agreement with Westlife. A Jeffrey Green partner confirmed that Nuttall had advised Barker on both contracts and said that he had acted on Barker's instructions at all times. Jeffrey Green said that it did not have any duty to Clifford because he was not a client of the firm. The strict legal position did not impress the PR, who said in response: "I'm amazed that a lawyer can advise on the drafting of a confidentiality agreement and then advise on the sale of a story that breaks that agreement. "In my view, his [Nuttall's] actions speak for themselves. I thought I should bring this to the attention of the legal profession."