Media firm Russells takes the blame for JK Rowling leak

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  • A 'Ratner' moment for Russells.

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  • Is the picture of a high bridge in a remote part of the country something to do with Harry Potter? Or is the link a little darker?

    This is poor form, but it's happened. Credit to Russells for putting their hands up and admitting that they can't be trusted with confidential information.

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  • To be settled by a game of Quidditch ...

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  • What a great example to use when someone next asks me what firm reputation has got to do with what partners do and say outside of the office. But give some credit to Russells and Gossage - at least the blame was not pushed down the food chain. Besides, they are not alone, partners all over the place will be feeling slightly hot and bothered this afternoon and it won't just be due to the weather.

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  • I had thought it accepted wisdom, if you ever want to keep anything confidential, that the last person in the world you should tell is your wife, or her mate...

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  • I understand the solicitor's duties towards their clients etc. aspect of this story, however I do think its a bit ironic that she feels her 'trust has been misplaced' when she was effectively lying herself by using the pseudonym in the first place.

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  • Presumable he revealed the information to his wife's former best friend...

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  • Re: psuedonym issue - its her right, and privilege - in both senses, to expect that the information about her true identity was kept confidential if that was her aim. We can fairly assume that drawing up agreements and contracts assuring the secrecy of her true identity was part of what Russells was being paid for. Its a shocking breach of trust and confidentiality. Saying that the conversation with his wife's friend was confidential is a ridiculous attempt to cover up what he did - he was passing on confidential client information he had no business discussing. Loose lips...

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  • Well, here's a prime one for Prof Con classes to chew over!

    Anonymous 19-Jul-2013 1:27pm - she probably used a pseudonym for a veriety of her own reasons, such as not having those works lumped in with Harry Potter, to 'prove' to herself she is a good author without the popularity of one series... In short it isn't lying to protect your identity when being published.

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  • @Anon 1:27pm. Seriously? Pseudonym's in publishing are nothing new.
    I don't think the people who bought the book thinking it was written by Robert Galbraith will feel their trust has been misplaced to the same extent that any client would on finding their solicitor has blabbed confidential information to impress his missus' mate.

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