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Lawyer in £3.5m sex book case: I'm fighting for free speech
Her salacious tales of sex, binge drinking and drug-taking among British expats in Moscow scandalized one of the world’s top law firms but titillated almost a million readers on the internet.

Yet Deidre Clark, the former City lawyer now at the centre of a £3.5 million legal battle with her former employer, insists that she is simply waging a war against “draconian” British attitudes to free speech.

The 45-year-old New Yorker was sacked from her £126,000-a-year job at Allen & Overy after her novel graphically depicting alcohol, promiscuity and adultery among foreign professionals on six-figure salaries was published online.

Written during her secondment to the firm’s Moscow office in 2007 and 2008, the novel “Expat” recounts the exploits of “Dasha”, a young office worker at an Anglo-Russian firm who describes herself as “part drug addict, part alcoholic”.

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The Telegraph