Galloway’s solicitors defend themselves

​An interesting story into today’s Times (£) deepening the row about George Galloway’s solicitors.  They are reported to have threatened RTers of an allegedly libellous tweet about Mr Galloway with £5,000 + VAT for costs.  Carter Ruck are instructed by Chambers’.  The firm is claiming its fees were based on a £500 an hour charge out rate and (a little less clearly) that Galloway agreed to pay that rate under “usual solicitor/client fee arrangements”.   They also say they did more than the £5,000 per letter work on an urgent and out of hours basis.

Interestingly, the solicitor for Chambers, confirms that the letters before action that are the source of the controversy were “seen and approved” by Mr Galloway.  This suggests Mr Galloway gave his permission for this information to be disclosed, as it would otherwise be privileged.

One wonders where this waiver of privilege will lead.  Mr Lewis, solicitors for one of the tweeters,  has reported Chambers to the police and to the SRA.  We can expect more fireworks.

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About Richard Moorhead

Director of the Centre for Ethics and Law and Professor of Law and Professional Ethics at the Faculty of Laws, University College London with an interest in teaching and research on the legal ethics, the professions, legal aid, access to justice and the courts.
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One Response to Galloway’s solicitors defend themselves

  1. Clive Davies says:

    Peanuts! ln 2008 l was left an estate of around £400,000 – this was falsely challenged by a barrister in the family,hoping for a payoff. l refused this & insisted the wholly legitimate will be defended.
    Dissenting barrister was defeated over 4 years, but the estate has yet to be released 3 years after probate & the executor & his solicitors are taking over £200,000 in costs plus my own costs of £50,000 trying to resist them & the barrister, Beneficiaries have virtually no defence against parasitic lawyers.

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