Law company Appleby is taking legal motion in opposition to the BBC and the Guardian over their reporting of leaked paperwork detailing offshore tax-avoidance schemes, referred to as the Paradise Papers.
It is suing for breach of self consider and needs the paperwork disclosed.
Appleby mentioned confidential wisdom had been taken in a “criminal act”.
The BBC and the Guardian mentioned they’d “vigorously” offer protection to the revelations, that have been during the “highest public interest”.
The leak of monetary paperwork published how the tough and ultra-wealthy secretly make investments money in offshore tax havens.
The papers contained information about investments made for the duration of the Queen’s non-public property and a tax avoidance scheme utilized by 3 stars of BBC sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys.
They additionally confirmed that Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton have shyed away from tax on his £16.5m luxurious jet.
About part of the 13.4m leaked paperwork had been from Appleby, some of the global’s greatest suppliers of offshore legal products and products and services and merchandise.
Panorama led analysis for the BBC as a part of an international investigation involving in terms of 100 different media organisations in 67 global places, after the information had been handed to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.
The BBC does no longer know the identification of the supply. Appleby says the tips used to be taken via hackers.
Appleby could also be on the lookout for a long-lasting injunction preventing any more use of the tips, and the go back of all copies of the paperwork.
In a statement, it mentioned its overwhelming responsibility used to be to its purchasers and colleagues.
The BBC mentioned its “serious and responsible journalism” had published issues which might perhaps otherwise have remained secret and that executive all over the world had been taking motion as a end result.
The Guardian mentioned the legal motion used to be an try to “undermine responsible public interest journalism”.