Lawyer Fined for Outing Rowling as Thriller Writer

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
A lawyer who let slip J.K. Rowling

MGN Online: J.K. Rowling is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series, Photo Credit: Daniel Ogren / Wikipedia, Photo Date: April 5, 2010

LONDON (AP) - A lawyer who let slip J.K. Rowling's secret thriller-writer identity has been fined 1,000 pounds ($1,645) for breaching client confidentiality rules.

Chris Gossage of London law firm Russells Solicitors - which represents Rowling - told a friend of his wife that the "Harry Potter" creator was author of "The Cuckoo's Calling," published last year under the name Robert Galbraith. The friend tweeted the information, and it was followed up by the Sunday Times.

The law firm apologized and paid damages to Rowling for the leak.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority says it issued Gossage with a written rebuke for disclosing confidential information about a client to a third party.

The ruling was dated Nov. 26 but published this week.

Sales of the thriller rocketed after Rowling was outed as its author.


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