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Law Society drops Lord Harley redaction clanger

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Technology confounds solicitor profession chiefs as confidential elements of Blacker case are easily accessed

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The murky world of technology is littered with nasty bear traps — and the Law Society has just fallen into a big one.

Earlier today, Legal Cheek reported on the latest instalment in the Lord Harley of Counsel saga, which included references to a ruling from the society’s freedom of information adjudicator.

Chancery Lane officials decided to redact part of that adjudication — and that is when a modern world glitch bit them in the bum.

In the old days of paper, the Law Society’s lawyers could have simply brought to bear the power of a black felt marker pen. Several applications would probably have done the trick.

However, in the digital world, life isn’t that simple. As one Legal Cheek commentator pointed out, simply applying the redaction overlay is not enough. Unless the actual text is deleted, the words can be seen when the overlay is highlighted.

In this case, it is difficult at first glance to see why the Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority were so keen to keep the redacted text confidential, as when revealed, it hardly sets the pulse racing.

The most interesting discovery unearthed by the tech tip from our reader is that the Law Society has 14 days to cough up the information the adjudicator has recommended be made public.

However, as the adjudicator pointed out, his rulings are only advisory and can be ignored by the powers that be.

Previously:

Solicitors Regulation Authority says sorry to Lord Harley for ‘causing distress’ [Legal Cheek]

12 Comments

Anonymous

THIS IS NOT A STORY

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Anon

I think the Law Society being unable to use technology which seems basic to almost everybody in the modern working world is definitely something funny and to be put in the news

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Satin Cut

If they could actually do the work that others do then they wouldn’t be working in the Law Society, would they

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Lord Harley of Counsel K.StJ. LLM LLB MDA BSc DPhil B&Q BBQ WTF ABBA LOL

The SRA will now furnish me with another apology. Quite right too. This is unforgivable

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C Mitchell

The sooner they strike him off the better. It will put an end to the circus.

He is useless anyway. And a small sick man.

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Anonymous

Bigot…

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V Clough

Blacker.

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Anonymous

He will enjoy the further apology. It deflects from the central issues.

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C Mitchell

Did I say sick ? I meant sick.

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Anonymous

Legal Cheek has kicked itself in the Legal Teeth! If the SRA decide to comply with the ruling of the adjudicator, they will now make sure any redaction of the FOI request cannot be read!!

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Anonymous

Classic Legal Cheek squeezing 2 articles out of one, based upon an observation in the comments section.

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Anonymous

It seems the Law Society have taken the YZ adjudication off their website.

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