A lawyer who has a legal team of more than 1,000 lawyers could sue a publication that called him a ‘disgrace’ for defending a client.
Lawyers who have a legal firm of more that 1,300 lawyers would be entitled to legal action if they were sued for defamation, according to the National Law Journal.
The publication, The Lawyer, claimed in a front page article on Monday that it would be suing the law firm for defamation.
The article states that lawyers who have the legal expertise of more, such as a former member of the Supreme Court, are entitled to the same rights as public officials.
Lawyer Richard O’Connor, who has worked at the law office of the National Bar Association for over 30 years, has argued that the publication was not entitled to sue him because he has a ‘legitimate interest in promoting the profession and advancing the law’ and because he ‘works for the public’.
He told The Law Journal: ‘It’s the legal profession’s responsibility to ensure that the public have a fair and accurate view of what’s going on in the profession.’
I have a legitimate interest in defending clients and my clients want me to do it.’
The fact that I’ve been defending them has been a huge benefit to the profession.’
O’Connor told the publication: ‘This is not about a libel case.
This is about the right to be heard.’
This is about being protected by the law.’
The Law Journal’s article claims that the newspaper is suing because it has ‘repeatedly sought to portray the firm as having been involved in ‘unlawful conduct’ and has used false and defamatory information about the law firms of a number of other law firms, including that of the law school of Harvard Law School, to ‘create a negative impression of the firm and its reputation”.
It says that the firm is ‘alleging that the publications actions have caused irreparable harm to its reputation’.
The article further alleges that the ‘law firm has also been charged with misconduct and is facing a lawsuit for failing to comply with its legal obligations’.
It adds that the Law Journal ‘is investigating the matter’ and that ‘the newspaper’s allegations are unfounded and we have contacted the law department to investigate’.
The Law Lawyer has published numerous pieces, including a piece in May this year in which it claimed that the Harvard Law school was ‘the most hated institution in the world’.
In a statement, the Law Law Group said it had ‘never done business with The Law Lawyers and we had no business relationship with them’.’
We have no reason to believe that The Law Group is an actual person or that they have engaged in any criminal activity, nor do we have any reason to think they are in the business of making false and misleading statements.’
A spokeswoman for The Law Law Lawyers said the company ‘is not aware of any such litigation’.
The law firm also said it has no financial interest in the case and had ‘no financial interests at all in the matter’.’
As a legal entity, the law group does not have any financial interest whatsoever in the outcome of this litigation, or in the legal process it is pursuing,’ the firm said in a statement.’
Our legal team has the legal competence and resources to pursue all legal and public policy issues in a way that is in the public interest, as well as in the best interests of all parties involved.’