News: News International to close Phone Hacking Compensation Scheme in April

1 02 2013

News of the WorldNews International, also now known as NI Group, has just announced that its Compensation Scheme for victims of mobile phone interception is to close in April 2013.  The Scheme has been in operation since April 2011.  Compensation is assessed by former High Court Judge, Sir Charles Gray.  The announcement is in the following terms: Read the rest of this entry »





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

1 02 2013

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. Read the rest of this entry »





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

1 02 2013

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. Read the rest of this entry »