Media hype. PR supremo Max Clifford is masterminding a media campaign for Norfolk farmer Tony Martin, who stands accused of murdering a 16-year-old youth who he suspected of burgling his house. Clifford is working free of charge because he supports Martin's cause, and says he has been approached by solicitors "hundreds of times" to work on various legal campaigns. Martin, who is being represented by solicitor Nick Makin of Leicestershire firm M&S, will not be speaking to the press himself, but his family and friends will. Clifford says: "Sub judice is always a fine line. Everything I am talking about is in the public domain." Martin is accused of murdering market trader Fred Barras during a suspected break-in at his farm, Bleak House.
Disgraced ex-Tory minister Jonathan Aitken who has been granted emergency legal aid for his battle to stop the sale of his private letters. Aitken – who is bankrupt and serving an 18-month jail sentence for perjury in Standford Hill open prison in Kent where he earns a pittance as a cleaner – is fighting attempts by his trustees in bankruptcy Baker Tilley to sell off his confidential correspondence. Baker Tilley is being advised by Stephenson Harwood head of corporate recovery and insolvency Paul Gordon-Saker.
The elderly and infirm, after the Law Society issued guidelines to solicitors advising them on power of attorney. The guidelines say that clients should make two or more attorneys to safeguard against fraud, tell family members who they have given power of attorney to, and that solicitors should offer an auditing service to clients.