The lawyer who catapulted a promising but obscure new crime writer into the bestseller lists by revealing the author’s true identity as JK Rowling, has been fined £1,000 for breach of confidentiality.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has also issued a written rebuke to Christopher Gossage, of Russells solicitors, who confided to his wife’s best friend that Robert Galbraith, author of The Cuckoo’s Calling, was really one of the most famous and wealthy authors in the world.
Interesting that the law firm stood by him: The Lawyer understands Russells, rather than Gossage, settled with Rowling. Even after the SRA ruling, their website still says “We always maintain the highest standard of professionalism”. The professional censure was probably, what, two hours billed work?