Law firm Appleby is taking legal action against the BBC and the Guardian over their reporting of leaked documents detailing offshore tax-avoidance schemes, known as the Paradise Papers.
It is suing for breach of confidence and wants the documents disclosed.
Appleby said confidential information had been taken in a “criminal act”.
The BBC and the Guardian said they would “vigorously” defend the revelations, which were in the “highest public interest”.
The leak of financial documents revealed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy secretly invest cash in offshore tax havens.
The papers contained details about investments made by the Queen’s private estate and a tax avoidance scheme used by three stars of BBC sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys.
They also showed that Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton
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