Partner acted for Andrew Gilligan in row with Ken Livingstone's publisher
Who? Korieh Duodu, 38, partner at City media law firm David Price Solicitors & Advocates.
Why is he in the news? Acted for journalist Andrew Gilligan in winning an apology from the publishers of former London mayor Ken Livingstone’s autobiography over a passage claiming Gilligan had been dismissed by the London Evening Standard for writing ‘lies’.
Publishers Faber & Faber also apologised for Livingstone’s claim that the Standard had subsequently carried editorials repudiating Gilligan’s stories.
Duodu said: ‘The true position is Mr Gilligan was not sacked. He left of his own volition. No such editorials have been published by the Standard and Mr Gilligan's articles continue to be available on its website.’
A Faber & Faber spokesman said: ‘Faber is pleased Andrew Gilligan's complaint about You Can't Say That by Ken Livingstone has been resolved by agreement and without the need for legal proceedings. The matter is now closed.’
Thoughts on the case: ‘As a Londoner, it was a real eye-opener to gain an insight into the detail of the wranglings at City Hall. As for my client, I would not have liked to have cross-examined someone as meticulous and professional as him.’
Dealing with the media: ‘This firm has a lot of relationships with publishers, which allowed us to ensure the redress was publicised fairly. Despite the controversy around such high-profile figures, the media was very fair.’
Why become a lawyer? ‘I was a student union officer at university and found myself defending the student newspaper against a libel charge. It was stressful, but invigorating, and eventually it dawned on me I could get paid for doing this kind of work.’
Career high: ‘I did a live TV press conference early in my career on behalf of a client who had been described by an MP as “extremely disturbed”. The MP later apologised.’