Judges granting Philip Green an injunction 'accelerated likelihood' of his identity being revealed, says former executive editor of News of the World

Philip Green and family

Friday, October 26, 2018

The former executive editor of the News of the World has said that granting Sir Philip Green an injunction "accelerated the likelihood" of his name being revealed publicly.

Neil Wallis, who now works as a media consultant, told Julia Hartley-Brewer the judges who granted the injunction were "short-sighted" in banning the businessman's identity from being revealed in the press, and that the decision "probably" accelerated his name "coming out".

"I thought that the judges were incredibly disappointing, short-sighted and ludicrous in banning his name," Mr Wallis said.

"One thing it probably did was accelerate the likelihood of his name coming out because of the pulpable sense of outrage that a man can buy silence."



Sir Philip has been accused of sexual harassment, bullying and racial abuse, but he denies the allegations.

In a statement, he said: "To the extent that it is suggested that I have been guilty of unlawful sexual or racist behaviour, I categorically and wholly deny these allegations."

His identity was revealed in the House of Lords yesterday by Lord Peter Hain, who used Parliamentary privilege to name the businessman, claiming it was in the public interest.


Lord Hain 'did the right thing'

Mr Wallis said Lord Hain "did completely the right thing" in revealing Sir Philip's identity, and defended the alleged victims in the case, who are believed to have signed non-disclosure agreements to prevent them talking about the allegations.

"To be in that position is incredibly difficult particularly if in the nicest sense of the word you're a small person standing against someone as huge, and I don't mean physically, as Philip Green," he said.

"When you're facing up to vast wealth and power which is what he has, and armies of lawyers it is very intimidating."