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Day: 1 February 2013

News: Mail on Sunday to pay substantial libel damages to former banker – Christopher Hutchings and Callum Galbraith

Mail on SundayFormer banker Irfan Qadir has been awarded substantial damages at the conclusion of his long-running libel action against Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Mail on Sunday, following the publication of two defamatory articles in May and June 2011. It also apologised in Court in respect of the articles.  A Statement in Open Court [pdf]was read before Mr Justice Tugendhat on 31 January 2013. Continue reading

Case Law: Henry v News Group, The Jackson Reforms are Alive and Well – James Heath

Sir Rupert JacksonOn Monday 28 January 2013 judgment was handed down by the Court of Appeal in the Sylvia Henry v News Group Newspapers Limited ([2013] EWCA Civ 19).  Almost immediately there were the predictable howls of anguish from the insurance industry, followed by attention grabbing headlines such as “Jackson reforms ‘undermined’ by landmark costs ruling” declaring the Jackson reforms dead and buried before they had begun. This could not be further from the truth.  This judgment is fact-dependent.  It concerns the implementation of CPR PD51D “The Defamation Proceedings Costs Management Pilot Scheme”, which was the pre-cursor for new additions to CPR 3 which will apply to all multi-track cases commenced on or after 1 April 2013.  Jackson is alive and well. Continue reading

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