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Sydney barrister Anthony Renshaw sues Lawyers Weekly magazine for defamation

Published 27 February 2013 09:59, Updated 28 February 2013 07:54

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Sydney barrister Anthony Renshaw sues Lawyers Weekly magazine for defamation

A lawyers weekly story wrongly claimed barrister Anthony Renshaw was in prison on drugs charges and had fled to Queensland to avoid court. Photo: Michele Mossop

Sydney barrister Anthony Renshaw is suing legal magazine Lawyers Weekly over an article he claims painted him as a “criminal” who was “embroiled in a seedy court case”.

Renshaw is suing the publication and its owners, Reed Business Information, over a story it ran on November 21, 2012.

The story wrongly claimed Renshaw was in prison on drugs charges and had fled to Queensland to avoid court.

Lawyer’s Weekly had issued an apology to Renshaw on its website on November 23, 2012 saying it had “unfortunately” conveyed defamatory statements about him.

“These statements were false and were made as a result of an unfortunate and serious error,” it said.

The article had incorrectly described Renshaw as being the victim of theft by a former Penthouse pet with whom he shared his apartment.

It also claimed that he was “released from prison over unrelated drugs charges” and fled to Queensland in March 2012.

It followed reports in The Daily Telegraph that a former model Simone Farrow was released on bail after Renshaw and a doctor Joseph Grech provided security.

Farrow, who is facing drugs charges, had been staying Renshaw’s Double Bay residence as part of her bail conditions.

She is also facing separate charges, including allegedly stealing Renshaw’s cheque book.

A directions hearing in the defamation case is set for the Sydney District Court on April 5.

Hearings into the drugs charges against Farrow continue at Downing Centre District Court on March 20.

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