“The gutsiest of all in-house libel lawyers, Harvey Kass’s ballsy tenure at Associated Newspapers has sustained a strongly investigative journalistic culture." So said The Lawyer Magazine for their “Hot 100” list in 2007 and for their Hall of Fame.
From the experience of being Legal Director of Associated for 17 years (titles include Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, Metro and Mailonline), he is perfectly placed to comment on all matters coming out of the current Leveson enquiry into journalistic standards, having fought countless times to defend a variety of newspapers from libel and privacy claims - and battled for two decades on freedom of the press issues.
Harvey’s successful legal life has complemented a second career in theatre and film production. He is no stranger to the highs and lows of the notoriously fickle world of show business, having been involved with the legendary Goldcrest Films.
At Goldcrest he worked on productions including The Killing Fields, Absolute Beginners, Revolution (which brought Goldcrest to its knees) and went on to co-produce West End theatre productions of The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Ernie Wise and Lulu), The Foreigner (Nicholas Lyndhurst) and A Life in the Theatre (Denholm Elliott and Sam West), Jackie Mason’s “The World According To Me” and over 40 touring and comedy shows. This was followed by the Oscar and BAFTA nominated feature film “Tom and Viv” starring Willem Dafoe and Miranda Richardson.
Married to the actress Judith Sweeney, Harvey has a wealth of material with which to regale audiences as a keynote speaker or as an entertaining anecdotal after dinner performer.