Sepia, sorry to be the doom mongerer but...
If you change your name they will just refer to you as Mr X, formerly Mr Y etc. What gets reported in the press depends on what information the police release and what gets mentioned in court, solicitors can have a quiet word with the prosecutor to avoid some things being discussed but don't hold your breath that they will, it's very informal and once the cat's out the bag there is nothing you can do about it...
As for your solicitor talking to the press that sounds absurd, they are either pulling your leg or setting you up for a fall, basically your only hope is that there are no court reporters on the day, and that's just down to luck, if there's a particularly juicy trial going on that day you might be lucky... But again don't hold your breath!
They should only discuss things in court relevant to the case, but your defiantly going to tell them your name, date of birth, and address.
My advice having been slapped across the local rag:
1.) Clean up your online profile; deactivate facebook, twitter and delete and personal photos or private information etc.
2.) Get your affairs in order; rent, bills, insurance, etc.
3.) If your going to change name/address do it now and do it quick!
4.) Prepare for the worst, if there are people in your life you need to tell do it before the papers do it for you, no article is ever 100% true and it will no doubt be made out to be worse than it is to sell more papers!
5.) On every court appearance be prepared for sneaky reporters and photographer's... The clever ones keep a distance and snap you with a big fat zoom lens, the a***holes will stick a camera in your face and chase you all over, some kind of disguise is never a bad option; burka, hat, glasses, scarf, an umbrella... A getaway car or taxi waiting outside to jump straight into etc.
I know this probably sounds a bit extreme for a financial crime but it's good advice for anyone facing a higher profile conviction, I know it's a horrible position to be in and I wish I could say today's news is tomorrow's fish and chip paper but the Internet has a habit of dragging up the past.