Cambridge grad Rupert Myers posted apology before appearing to delete his Twitter account
Well-known junior barrister and journalist Rupert Myers has been sacked by British GQ after “allegations” about his behaviour surfaced online.
Myers (pictured top) — a commercial law specialist at East Anglian Chambers, Norwich — was the magazine’s freelance political correspondent. A statement issued by British GQ last night read:
“Having been made aware of some allegations against Rupert Myers, GQ can confirm that it has terminated its freelance agreement with him, with immediate effect. He is no longer GQ’s Political Correspondent.”
Cambridge University graduate Myers, who was called to the bar in 2008, took to Twitter yesterday to apologise. It’s not clear whether the tweet was related to the termination of his GQ contract. His Twitter account and LinkedIn profile now appear to have been deactivated or deleted. Myers declined to comment when contacted by Legal Cheek.
Other publications and organisations which Myers has worked for in the past were quick to distance themselves too.
Daily political newsletter The Spoon confirmed in a statement yesterday that “following the allegations against Rupert Myers, he is no longer any part of The Spoon team.”
Following the allegations made against Rupert Myers, I can confirm he is no longer part of The Spoon team.
— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) October 19, 2017
Meanwhile, Conservative think tank Bright Blue stated that the barrister was no longer an associate fellow of the research institute. A spokesperson said:
“The alleged behaviour is clearly unacceptable and wrong. Bright Blue is reviewing Rupert Myers’ long-term relationship with us, but in the meantime he is not an associate fellow of the organisation.”
Myers — who appeared on Legal Cheek last year after posting a string of satirical Supreme Court commentary tweets — has written for publications including The Independent, The Guardian and The Times.
His chambers’ profile shows that Myers joined East Anglian Chambers in 2009, and specialises in commercial disputes, employment law, insolvency and personal injury claims. East Anglian Chambers didn’t respond to Legal Cheek’s request for comment.
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