Government launches fresh bid to block release of Rowntree files
THE Government has launched a fresh bid to prevent The Press obtaining secret documents about Nestlé‘s controversial takeover of York confectioners Rowntree in 1988.
The Cabinet Office is seeking permission to appeal against a tribunal’s ruling that five Ministerial papers should be made public.
The Press originally sought the cabinet documents in 2008 under the Freedom of Information Act but some were withheld, and our subsequent appeal failed. Read more.
Mike Laycock | York Press | 13th November 2012
Jersey accountant who claims to be illegitimate son of Princess Margaret restarts legal battle to see her will
A Jersey accountant who believes he is the secret son of Princess Margaret is renewing his legal battle to ‘prove it’.
Robert Brown, 57, said he was prepared to pay up to £100,000 to get access to documents relating to her will.
He first went to the high court to seek disclosure of her will in 2006 and 2007.
He lost the case, but Brown is now fighting under freedom of information laws. Read more.
Amanda Williams | Daily Mail | 12th November 2012
Under-fire academy paid nearly £80,000 to law firm
A CONTROVERSIAL academy paid an international corporate law firm almost £80,000 to handle its Press inquiries and freedom of information requests – the equivalent of paying the annual salaries of three trainee teachers.
The payments by Outwood Grange, previously revealed to be paying its “superhead” more than £190,000 a year, included significant amounts spent on trying to stop the information becoming public.
The Wakefield-based academy paid the money to Addleshaw Goddard, a law firm with offices in Dubai and Singapore as well as UK bases including Leeds which handled the school’s account. Read more.
Yorkshire Post | 13th November