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Celebrity defence lawyer Nick Freeman, better known as Mr Loophole, is turning his attention to defending a new breed of client.
Is this the face of a so-called devil dog?
Freeman, a traffic and speeding offences specialist whose clients have included Jeremy Clarkson, Sir Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney, is throwing his weight behind a campaign to change the public’s perception of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
The lawyer has launched a new website, www.savethestaffy.co.uk, aimed at giving a full and fair hearing to the Staffy, which is often portrayed in the media as the ‘Devil Dog’.
Freeman, name partner of Manchester-based legal practice Freeman & Co, claimed the media “likes nothing more” than to link any attack on humans or animals with Staffords, however tenuous or distorted that link is.
“The purpose of the website is to re-educate the media and rectify this misconceived public perception,” Freeman added. “I want the Stafford to be portrayed in its true light which, as all Stafford owners will know, is far removed and contrary to the perception portrayed by the media.”
Freeman said the Stafford had attracted negative media attention for many years and was commonly associated with gangland drug-dealing thugs and attacks on people and other animals.
“I feel that there is so much within this breed that is good that hitherto has been artfully concealed from the public, which in turn, has created a massive problem for this loyal animal,” Freeman said. “With new Government legislation currently being mooted in conjunction with speculation that the Stafford should be outlawed as a “dangerous dog”, the time to act is now.”
In 2010 Freeman was named in research as the UK’s highest-profile solicitor (27 October 2010).