Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Attachment 3

Letter to Ms Eileen Eggington QPM from David Price Solicitors & Advocates


We write further to your letter of 8 November.

We note your continued refusal to answer what are reasonable enquiries concerning your role in the dissemination of information concerning our client's practice and her clients.

Our client has an obligation to protect those confidences. Although it may be the case—we do not necessarily accept it—that you did not authorise the Mail on Sunday article on 3 June, the plain fact of the matter is that both you and Mrs Gresty are the ultimate sources of that article, since it appears to be based entirely on a witness statement that you have allegedly prepared.

The Mail on Sunday have now admitted that the defamatory allegations levelled against our client are entirely baseless. They have offered to publish an apology and retraction and to pay a suitable sum in damages. However, that cannot undo all the harm caused to her and her clients.

The plain fact of the matter is that our client is not prepared to allow you to simply stonewall in the light of reasonable requests for information, bearing in mind the damage that you have already caused directly or indirectly.

We are therefore preparing legal proceedings against you which will be served shortly without further notice.

22 November 2001

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