Correction 11.45am 30/5/12: In its original form, this post stated that RollOnFriday had “maintained that [Ashurst partner Piers] Warburton had no editorial involvement in the Friday story round-up” until it “came clean” and admitted otherwise last week. This was incorrect: RollOnFriday has never sought to publicly hide Warburton’s editorial role, nor has it sought to publicly play down its association with Ashurst.
The error stems from a mistake made by Legal Week in its article, ‘Friday’s children – how RollOnFriday got kinda respectable’ (24 February 2012), where it incorrectly stated that Warburton’s role at RollOnFriday was “purely on the business development side”. Yesterday afternoon, Legal Week recognised this error by removing the word ‘purely’ from its article. No correction has yet been issued by Legal Week. We look forward to featuring the Legal Week correction as soon as it is issued.
RollOnFriday, the website that offers a jovial Friday round-up of corporate legal news, has famously close ties with the City law firm Ashurst. The site’s manager, Matt Rhodes OBE, used to work for the firm, and Piers Warburton, who runs RollOnFriday with Rhodes, remains an equity partner at Ashurst.
According to the Legal Week profile interview of RollOnFriday (£), ‘Friday’s children – how RollOnFriday got kinda respectable’ (24 February 2012), Warburton acts “purely on the business development side for [RollOnFriday], with Rhodes left to make the editorial and operational decisions.”
However, contrary to what Legal Week had stated, last week an article (£) on the Times online law page, ‘RollOnFriday keeps on rolling out the laughs’ (24 May 2012), stated that RollOnFriday sent its articles over to Ashurst to be vetted by Warburton in advance of publication.
Update 29/05/12 4.15pm: This afternoon, Legal Week removed the word “purely” from its description of Piers Warburton’s role at RollOnFriday in the online version of ‘Friday’s children – how RollOnFriday got kinda respectable’ (24 February 2012). No correction has been issued. See above for the original description.