Misleading once? The Times lawyer, Leveson and a signal sent
The former legal manager of The Times, Alastair Brett, was last week suspended by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for six months after he was found to have misled the High Court in a 2009 case involving email hacking. In this blog, Richard Moorhead takes a closer look at the ruling.
I don’t really know what to think about the outcome of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) hearing into the case of Alistair Brett, the former legal manager of The Times. Here was a man plainly admired by many in the media law world. Many watched with spine-tingling horror as his reputation disintegrated under cross-examination at the Leveson inquiry (you can still watch it online). But for that, he may well have escaped prosecution, let alone censure. It is a rare day that sees someone’s litigation tactics scrutinised under cross-examination by a QC and a Court of Appeal judge.
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