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Yes. There is a system, basically -- and I hope I've set it out here, sir -- you can see the paper is libel-read. The paper will be looked through by a lawyer and various stories will be put into the legal in-basket and will be amended and pushed back, and on the vast majority of stories if the lawyer makes some marks, there's not going to be a huge discussion about it. My role would come in very much more -- each evening, I would try and go to the back bench, possibly see the editor at about 6 o'clock and just find out what's in tomorrow's paper, are there any issues.

Sometimes a news editor might come and speak to me or a journalist might contact me during the course of the day, the afternoon in particular, perhaps, and I would get involved there, but I would try -- each evening that I'm in work, I try to find out what's in the next day's paper, if there are any major legal issues, deal with those. It's not a matter of dealing with every one, no, but dealing with the major legal issues. I have always felt that an editor expects an in-house lawyer to deal with any major issue if they're there.

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