News: Statement in Open Court, Times apologises to Hodge Jones & Allen and agrees to pay damages

26 11 2014

Office_0On Monday 24 November 2014, the well-known London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen LLP (“HJA”) received an apology and substantial damages from The Times following the publication in June 2014 of a front page article in which the newspaper claimed the firm was being sued by a former client for negligence in relation to a MMR vaccine claim. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini wins privacy damages from “Reveal” magazine

21 10 2014

Jean Bernard Fernandez-VersiniOn 20 October 2014 a Statement in Open Court was read in the High Court in the case of Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini v. National Magazine Company Ltd. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Daily Mail Apologises in Court for libelling Counsellor – Michelle Gribbon and Brian Cathcart

22 05 2014

Baylissa-Frederick1A professional counsellor yesterday won an apology from the Daily Mail, which admitted in court that it had harmed and distressed her by publishing defamatory allegations about her medical history. Baylissa Frederick, author and founder of the charity Recovery Road, which helped people suffering from addiction to tranquillisers, sleeping pills and anti-depressants, also received undisclosed damages. Read the rest of this entry »

Afghan wins refuge from Daily Express – Athalie Matthews

3 02 2014

Judges ExpressThe business of the law can tend to harden the heart – but every now and then a case comes along that drives off the spectre of compassion fatigue. This was the effect of a recent libel claim in which I obtained substantial damages and published apologies for a 20-year-old Afghan refugee, Abdul Shizad, who – despite being entirely alone in the UK and having limited English – had the courage to sue the Daily Express, which had falsely accused him of being a “Taliban Suspect”.

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News: Yachting World agrees to pay damages to Catamaran Owner

5 07 2013

OrinocoThe magazine, Yachting World has made a Statement in Open Court [pdf] and agreed to pay substantial libel damages to Tristram Cokes, a catamaran owner wrongly accused of being  a convicted cocaine smuggler. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Daily Mail agrees to pay £110,000 damages to risk management consultancy

30 06 2013

daily_news_logoOn 26 June 2013 a Statement in Open Court [pdf] was made in another action against the Daily Mail.  Following last week’s Sally Morgan apology, the paper has apologised for an article on its website which falsely linked Britam Defence a risk management and training consultancy, and two of its senior Directors (David Goulding and Philip Doughty) with an alleged plot to carry out a chemical weapons atrocity in Syria. The Daily Mail agreed to pay £110,000 damages, plus legal costs. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Daily Mail agrees to pay £125,000 libel damages to Sally Morgan

21 06 2013

sally morganThe publishers of the Daily Mail have agreed to pay damages of £125,000 to the “psychic to the stars”, Sally Morgan, in respect of an article which alleged that she had cheated an audience in Dublin by using an earpiece.  The trial of the action had been due to commence on 10 June 2013 but a settlement was announced in a Statement in Open Court [pdf] read to Mr Justice Tugendhat on 20 June 2013. Read the rest of this entry »