Murdoch: Harbottle & Lewis made 'major mistake' on internal News International inquiry

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  • If all else fails blame the lawyers. How original!

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  • don't blame murdoch, blame the media... oh wait...

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  • Hmmm - this the same Rupert Murdoch in the same WSJ article who said News Corp has handled the crisis "extremely well in every possible way", and made only "minor mistakes". When you're in a hole, don't be a DIgger...

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  • This is a major set back for hartBottle & lewis and the reputation of its lawyers. They may risk loosing some big clients. Not sure if their PI insurance would be sufficient to cover the possible losses if Murdoch sues them

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  • It seems to me given that Lord Macdonald, former DPP, has described H&L's advice as 'incomprehensible' Murdoch's criticism of its actions appears to be entirely justified.

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  • It never ceases to amaze me that such confidence is placed in law firms carrying out investigations which require detective-type skills - though these seem to be lacking even in the top ranks of the Metropolitan Police!

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  • Could H & L be faced with potentially one of the biggest claims in Legal History.
    Whilst H & L may or may not in any way be guilty of anything at all and as Kim says If all else fails blame the lawyers, this will still be a major worry for them.
    Turning the table around if H & L have been misrepresented, and lose the business as a result of Clients going elsewhere, the grounds of the counterclaim will be interesting or the claim if they try and sue independently.

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  • As the letter was given to the culture etc select committee and is published by the committee on its web site, it is amusing to read the letter and wonder what the question(s) were to which the letter replied. One might guess a very prescribed request was made of the lawyers.
    unassociated onlooker

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  • of course he would do that now! although to be honest, i was pretty disappointed to find out that H & L has in the past advised Times Newspapers Ltd in proceedings brought against it by the Estate of Jimi Hendrix for breach of copyright arising from a Hendrix CD which was "cover-mounted" onto an edition of The Sunday Times. How could you do that to Jimi! How could you!! No, No, No! :)

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  • Another example of the "trusted legal advisor" being thrown anything which comes through the door.
    There are specialised teams in legal firms which carry out this sort of work on a regular basis. Sometimes this is supplemented by "private investigators" or asset tracers.
    Well done NI for your selection. You reap what you sow.

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