Ex-Times lawyer suspended from practice for six months

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  • Every now and then the SDT gets it right. For this man to have been struck off - at the behest of a cantankerous Leveson - would have been a travesty. He had a distinguished career fighting for the freedom of our Press, and was cast adrift by the very paper he sought to protect. Congratulations to Mr Spooner and his colleagues on the Tribunal.

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  • Mr Brett was a bit of a hero of mine in the 1980s.An in house solicitor who turned up in court to fight his own fights; a champion of the statement in open court and ,really the creator of the idea of a statutory system to apologise without terminal consequences. He wasn't really an advocate for freedom of the Press, more accurately an advocate for the freedom of the responsible Press which needed an avenue to say "Sorry" when it got things wrong. Very often, in libel cases, that can happen by accident.
    Sorry he should find himself in this position.

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