Media firm Russells takes the blame for JK Rowling leak

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  • Reminds me of the story about Lord Kitchener, who is said to have remarked early in World War One that he tried to avoid sharing military secrets with the Cabinet, as they would all tell their wives, apart from Lloyd George "who would tell someone else's wife"

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  • Next partners meeting will be a bundle of fun

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  • The relativism displayed here, despite a clear and admitted breach of the SRA Rules, is shocking. Is is any wonder that reminding practitioners of the rules which govern their practices, and the ethics which lie behind those rules, has become a priority for those considering the continuing educational needs of solicitors?

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  • “We, Russells Solicitors, apologise unreservedly for the disclosure caused by one of our partners, Chris Gossage, in revealing to his wife’s best friend, Judith Callegari, during a private conversation that the true identity of Robert Galbraith was in fact J K Rowling". What a complete and utter joke of a statement by Russells. I'm not aware confidentiality obligations under the Code of Conduct have an exception if the breach is a "private conversation". Surely a visit to the SDT must follow, together with expulsion from the partnership. Having said that, what a class act the wife's (now ex, I assume) best friend clearly isn't!

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  • Brilliant and almost as amusing as the day an articled clerk ensured a public right of way was vectored across the front lawn of Lord Nathan's place when he was senior partner at now long lost City firm, Herbert Oppenheimer Nathan & VanDyke.

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  • Breaching confidentiality is such a serious offence and knowing JKR was such a high profile client , I am truly surprised by Gossage's behaviour . This has caused huge harm to Russell's . May this be a lesson for all lawyers and professional people .

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  • Hardly insider dealing but still not good enough.
    Does smack of a big kid trying to impress his wife's friend but I think there is a big kid lurking in all of us.
    I hope it doesn't ruin him.

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  • "the disclosure was made in confidence to someone he trusted implicitly"

    I found that excuse more shocking than the original breach. Any disclosure is a fundamental betrayal of the entire profession. There is no excuse. "Yes he disclosed confidential information, but only to someone he thought wouldn't spread it around" is stunning in its failure to grasp the enormity of what this guy has done.

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  • Still - I am sure that the revenue generated by the 415,000% rise in sales of the offending book will soften the pain caused to Ms Rowling by having her cover blown....

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  • ' its not me who can't keep a secret,its the people I tell '

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