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So what did we think of the news this week that Quality Solicitors are teaming up with WH Smith to provide 500 'open access legal points', with legal desks in store manned by QS representatives? Innovative for sure. But who will ultimately control this brand? And do we think QS has chosen the right brand on which to piggyback? On the one hand WH Smith has an excellent reputation and is considered by British shoppers as something of a 'national treasure'; on the other hand, book and CD retailers have their own challenges responding to the threat posed by internet downloads and changing buying patterns. Who'd have thought that they would start turning to legal services to plug the gap!
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Other news that caught our eye this week was the story on Friday of News International's surprise 'unreserved apology' to victims of phone-hacking by News of the World. The corporation has set up a compensation scheme for 'justifiable claims' but also now faces possible criminal prosecution. Its bid for BSkyB is now also under threat.
Celebs and politician victims of the scandal include Sienna Miller, John Prescott (who called News International's conduct 'mass criminality'), Tessa Jowell - and disgraced football presented Andy Gray, sacked by Sky Sports last year for sexist comments about the offside rule, for whom some are suggesting this could be payback time.
To catch up on the story, see ITV's news video here.
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