Claim it on the boogie

Fresh from her famous victory for Simon Singh over the British Chiropractic Association, the media’s favourite silk Adrienne Page QC has immediately got back in the saddle to once more fight the good fight in the name of free speech.

 This time, Page is acting for Channel 4, Studio Lambert and TV producer Jane Preston in a case that is expected to see members of Michael Jackson’s family take the stand (see story).

 In a heavyweight battle already being billed in some quarters as The Meet on Fleet (street), the 5RB star will go toe-to-toe with Ely Place’s Ron Thwaites QC, a man dubbed The Scourge of Wapping by no one in particular after acting on a string of successful claims against ill-informed hacks.

 The case centres around the remarkable tale of Tito Jackson, brother of Michael, and his apparent attempt to settle down in rural Devon. You couldn’t make it up, as many a tabloid editor no doubt spluttered at the time. Except, according to claimant Matt Fiddes, someone did.

 He alleges that the filmmakers portrayed him inaccurately as trying to dupe Jackson and his entourage.

 Whatever the truth, with the case anything but Black Or White we’re all set for a Thriller of a trial come June. Can Channel 4 Beat It or will they be exposed as Smooth Criminals?

 Enough Jackson jokes yet? Not a chance… We won’t stop ’til we get enough.
Also on Simon Zinger brings an American can-do attitude and a passion for commerce to his GC role at Aegis Media; the SDT says former BLP partner Vinay Veneik “sullied the reputation of the legal profession”; and it’s all kicking off in Scotland.