Tributes to ‘unflappable’ media lawyer Eddie Young

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Tributes have been paid to legendary Fleet Street lawyer Eddie Young, who has died after a long illness.

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Mr. Young, 80, was considered one of the greatest legal minds of his generation and has been described by his former colleagues as an unsung hero of the newspaper business.

His career as a media lawyer began in 1969 when he joined the Evening Standard. He joined the Daily Mail after the Standard was bought by Associated Newspapers in 1985, and continued to advise both papers until his retirement in 2009.


Mr Young is best known for his legal advice to the then Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre on the murder of Stephen Lawrence for his publication in 1997 under the headline “Murderers”.

Mr. Young loved the buzz of the newsroom and the adrenaline rush of breaking stories. He will have only a few moments to offer advice on controversial front pages before the story goes to press. Whatever the story, Eddie remains unstoppable. Former colleagues described him as a “newsroom legend, with a sense of humor and a true friend”.

Mr. Young was born in London in 1942, one of six children of Catherine and Alfred Young. He attended St Benedict’s in Ealing, where he was captain of the cricket team and played in the rugby XV.

He remained a keen follower of both sports. He died of pneumonia on 17 November at the age of 80 after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Young is survived by his wife, Diana, and their three children, Daniela, Nadine and Ilan.


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