Blackstone Chambers silk Dinah Rose QC has built a reputation for taking on the establishment as one of the best known human rights and civil liberties lawyers.
To many, the BBC represents the British establishment, which makes Rose’s appointment to provide the beleaguered Beeb with legal advice over the Jimmy Savile scandal all the more intriguing.
There is a danger of this story – and the self-flagellating broadcaster – eating itself, with the BBC reporting on the Panorama investigation of the decision not to run the Newsnight investigation and launching at least two probes into its own actions and culture.
Over exposure won’t worry Rose, who recently acted for camera-shy Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in his extradition proceedings.
As a sub-plot to this media-on-media story, Rose is also acting for notorious BBC-basher Rupert Murdoch’s News International in its phone-hacking cases.
Rose now only needs her own radio show to have all media outlets covered.
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