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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: Qadir v Associated Newspapers, privilege defence fails – Callum Galbraith

Mr Justice Tugendhat handed down judgment today after the trial of preliminary issues of privilege and malice in the libel action, Qadir v Associated Newspapers Limited, heard on 26-27 July 2012 ([2012] EWHC 2606 (QB)). Novel issues concerning the media’s reporting of litigation and of court hearings, along with malice, were determined in what will be considered to be a landmark judgment. It is anticipated that the new Defamation Act will significantly broaden the scope of statutory privilege defences so this decision is likely to be of considerable importance in the future. Continue reading

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