Lord Justice Leveson has enjoyed a distinguished legal career, both as barrister and judge, culminating in his appointment as the head of the inquiry into phone hacking and related unethical media practices. He will certainly have his work cut out to produce a comprehensive report within a year on wrongdoing in the press and police, and the broader question of press regulation.
So what sort of man is 62-year-old Lord Justice Leveson, and what can we expect from him as we see him grill witnesses over the coming months? Never speak ill of dead people or live judges, cautioned one American politician, while on trial for corruption. It is, therefore, with due caution and bearing this in mind, that I venture an opinion.