James Murdoch told the committee in July he did not remember being briefed about settling a phone-hacking claim brought by Gordon Taylor, head of the English soccer players' union, until a meeting on June 10, 2008, with Colin Myler, then News of the World editor and Tom Crone, the tabloid's in-house lawyer.
But Pike told the committee last month that he had notes of a meeting between Myler and Murdoch on May 27, 2008, about the case. Pike said: "27 May was probably the first time James Murdoch had been given a briefing about the cases."
"So James Murdoch has mis-recalled the sequence of events in that regard ?" Pike was asked by Damian Collins, a member of the parliamentary committee.
"I think so, yes," Pike replied.
The payout to Taylor was agreed at the June 10 meeting.
Pike said that on May 24, three days before the meeting with James Murdoch, Crone sent a briefing note to Myler preparing him for the meeting. Pike said that Crone sent a copy of the briefing memo to him at Farrer & Co.
Pike said the briefing note referred to the fact that a 2005 e-mail apparently incriminating more than one News of the World journalist in voice-mail hacking had been disclosed to the company. Pike said the briefing note did not, however, mention the name of Neville Thurlbeck, the News of the World's chief reporter, who is now alleged to have been the person to whom the message in question, now referred to by investigators as the "For Neville" e-mail, was addressed.
Pike also indicated to the committee he had a note of a telephone call he had with Myler after the editor's meeting with James Murdoch, as well as billing records related to these contacts.
Pike told the committee that legal privilege covering notes in Farrer & Co's possession related to the May 27 James Murdoch meeting with Myler had been waived and that he would therefore be able to disclose the documents to the committee.
On Tuesday, a parliamentary source said the material had been received in hard copy form, and might be published on the committee's website later in the day.
A spokesperson for News International told Reuters neither the company nor James Murdoch had any comment on the disclosure of the documents or their content.
During his testimony in July, James Murdoch was asked by committee member Tom Watson if he, before approving a substantial settlement payment to Taylor, had seen or been "made aware of the full Neville e-mail, the transcript of the hacked voicemail messages?"
James Murdoch replied: "No, I was not aware of that at the time."
Subsequently, Murdoch sent the committee a written statement that, "Prior to the meeting on 10 June 2008, I do not recall being given any briefing nor do I recall Mr. Crone or Mr. Myler referring to, or showing me ... documents during the meeting."
YKVN named Vietnam’s law firm of the year for 2011Vietnamese law firm YKVN has been named Vietnam’s National Law Firm of the Year for 2011 by International Finance Law Review (IFLR), according to the firm.
It is the fifth time and third year in a row that YKVN was awarded this distinction. The law firm was also nominated by IFLR for Asian “Restructuring Deal of the Year,” in recognition of its leading role in the acquisition of a controlling interest in Nui Phao Mining Joint Venture Company Ltd. by Masan Group.
According to their press release, “The transaction was a landmark in Vietnam because it was one of the first corporate restructurings in the country and was a complex test in analyzing Vietnamese law on debt acquisition and restructuring, issuance of securities and options, and corporate reorganization.”
The Japanese Airlines corporate reorganization was also shortlisted by IFLR for Asian “Restructuring Deal of the Year.”
The Nui Phao Company’s transaction “was a great test of our firm’s capabilities and I am very proud that YKVN is again gaining recognition on a regional stage for the quality of our work,” said Truong Nhat Quang, YKVN Managing Partner.
YKVN was also named “Employer of Choice” for the year of 2010 by Asian Legal Business (ALB), a leading journal covering legal transactions in Asia.