The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

Well, the stories that I'm involved in, a large part of the time, a very, very substantial part of the time. My own feeling as a lawyer is that it is wholly -- it's absolutely correct journalism to go to the other side, and a large number of libel problems can be avoided if you go to the other side and you give them a chance to come back and explain the position carefully, and my experience has been that that does make a difference. So I think in the large majority of cases, that happens, and my position on privacy would be that I would always like to -- I always like to advise on what the issues are with regard to prior notification. I always like to know what an editor is going to do, because if an editor decides that prior notification will go ahead, I would regard it as my duty to instruct counsel or solicitors in case there was an injunction, because we don't want -- an injunction would take place very, very quickly indeed, can take place -- in 20, 25 minutes you can be summoned down to the High Court and in such instance, I want to be ahead of the game. I want to have counsel with electronic files or whatever, so I can try and meet that.

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