Observer Hints That Solicitor Called ‘Chris’ May Have Been Involved In Civil Procedure Rules Breach. But Who’s ‘Chris’?

Yesterday may not have been the most relaxing Sunday for a mystery media law partner at Hamlins called “Chris”, after a press release in which he was featured caught the attention of The Observer media columnist Peter Preston. According to Preston, the press release – sent by a PR on behalf of Hamlins – provided… Read more »

Radio 4 Legal Show ‘Law in Action’ Hit By BBC Cuts

Law in Action, the long-running Radio 4 legal programme, is to have its funding scaled back as part of a £500,000 cost-saving at the BBC. The show’s normal schedule – which sees 12 episodes broadcast a year – will continue until at least 2013. From then it had been suggested that fewer episodes will be… Read more »

Lord Neuberger Slams Judges For Appearing on MasterChef

Never upstage the boss. And that rule applies double when your boss is Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger, who has publicly rounded on members of the judiciary for appearing on BBC show MasterChef when it filmed an episode in Middle Temple. Muscling his way back into the spotlight with a publicity-grabbing speech to Birmingham… Read more »

Lunch with Legal Cheek: Mark Stephens

You can change the world through law, star media lawyer Mark Stephens tells Emily Jupp, but it doesn’t sate your artistic side There is one question any serious journalist couldn’t fail to ask Mark Stephens CBE, the top media lawyer who has probably appeared in more big name cases than any other solicitor: “Does Julian… Read more »

Julian Assange’s ex-Lawyer Re-Brands as Fitness Guru

Yesterday, it was with considerable surprise that I happened upon ‘Jogging with the FT: Mark Stephens’ – an interview with the high profile media lawyer conducted while he ran around Regent’s Park. Now, Stephens (pictured below) may be many things – charming, down-to-earth, super PR savvy for a lawyer – but a shining example of… Read more »


Follow @AlexAldridgeUK The legal press is not always what it seems, says Alex Aldridge I’m always surprised by how uncritically lawyers read what’s written in the legal press. Many don’t realise that each magazine has a commercial agenda that strongly influences how it writes – and what it writes about. Last week, the City law… Read more »


Follow @AlasdairIS But despite the complaints from lawyers and disinterest from the press, the fact the event takes place at all represents major progress, says Alasdair Stewart National pro bono week took place last month, but I fear that it passed most people by. Despite a range of events taking place up and down the… Read more »