Lawrence Abramson

Position: Fladgate partner; formerly managing partner at Harbottle & Lewis

The former Harbottle & Lewis managing partner and litigator, who moved to Fladgate last month (17 June), has worked on a range of high-profile media cases, including acting for Gary Brooker, the singer who wrote A Whiter Shade of Pale, on a copyright dispute with Matthew Fisher.

On 15 July Rupert Murdoch told The Wall Street Journal that Harbottle had made a “major mistake” in underestimating the scope of the Hackgate affair.

The firm was prevented from responding because it owed a duty of confidence to its former client. But when the Murdochs told the select committee that a review of the affair conducted by the firm in 2007 had failed, Harbottle requested to be released from that duty.

Permission was granted and Harbottle has submitted evidence to the police and the select committee.