Toe-curling TV : Hancock and toad. GB News and Coad.
A solicitor has apologised for an awkward interview on TV in which he ranted at a GB News presenter, only to backtrack minutes later when it was revealed that he was at fault.
Media lawyer Jonathan Coad was being interviewed on GB News to discuss Isabel Oakeshott's decision to leak Matt Hancock's WhatsApp messages sent during the height of the pandemic.
GB News host Steve Allen introduced the lawyer as having been "recently asked to act for Matt Hancock". However, Coad appeared agitated at the remark, saying that he'd "made it absolutely clear" to the programme "not to disclose that, and that is very, very poor journalism" and "disappointing".
Coad said the presenter had thrown "poo left right and centre at Matt Hancock", and criticised GB News again for mentioning that Hancock had approached him, when he had specifically asked it not to. "Anybody who is tempted to take you seriously, or your programme seriously, here is a good reason not to," said Coad.
However, at the end of the interview, Allen revealed that Coad had seemingly given permission for the Hancock approach to be mentioned. The presenter read out an email that Coad had sent to the producer in which he had written “I would be grateful if it was mentioned that he asked me to act for him”.
Coad apologised to Allen: "I beg your pardon. You're absolutely right that it's my mistake, I missed out the 'not'. I take all that back...apologies. You're right and I'm wrong...fair dos. I'm absolutely wrong about that."
To be fair, he also took it on the chin when RollOnFriday asked him for a comment: “As I said to Steve Allen, the fault was entirely mine," said Coad.
"As a devout Christian I could do no other than accept that. Even though he is not a client, my aim had been not to add further difficulties to those that Matt Hancock was already facing. I got that wrong too. Mercifully such instances of idiocy on my part are rare.”
Coad is not alone when it comes to typos haunting the legal profession, as solicitors have revealed here and here. It was just particularly unfortunate for him that his mistake was captured on live TV: