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High Court ruling opens way for Web libel suits

The High Court has ruled that for the first time an internet service provider (ISP) is responsible for defamatory material posted on its sites. The historic judgment seriously threatens the existing concept of freedom of information on which the internet is based. It is thought to be the first definitive ruling by an English High […]

Judges face greater risk

Although the murder of Northern Ireland solicitor Rosemary Nelson was a disgrace which underlines the need for decommissioning by terrorist groups, I was appalled by your editorial “Brave lawyers standing up for the rule of law” (22 March), in which you make a number of serious and uncorroborated allegations against the RUC. Let me remind […]

24 Old Buildings head in negligence case

The head of chambers at leading Chancery set 24 Old Buildings, Colin Brodie QC, is being sued for negligence. He is being sued for damages in respect of advice given in a property dispute compromise. The writ, issued by Olswang, alleges the advice either given, or omitted to be given, in respect of the effect […]

Law Soc plans to cut OSS funds

The Law Society has announced plans to slash by a third the £9m budget of the beleaguered OSS in 2001. As it announced the plans it also pledged to tackle guilty firms and improve the procedure for complaints resolution. A managing partner of a top five firm says: “There’s a general acknowledgement that the OSS […]


Newsmaker Profile:Man who saved Maxwell from jail gets a Ferrari

Where do you stand with a lawyer who is a self-proclaimed enthusiast at handling the media? When Keith Oliver speaks with such beguiling honesty about his passion for his work and his enormous respect for his clients, is it from the heart or from somewhere altogether more practical? Oliver, a partner at one of the […]

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