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High Court grants overworked law firm relief from sanctions

A High Court judge has granted relief from sanctions, after a law firm blamed pressure of work for late service of evidence in a Russian libel case. Despite the absence of a good reason for the breach, Mr Justice Warby said: “Compliance is not an end in itself.”

March 18th, 2015 | No Comments »

High Court: “proper defence” of libel actions should not lead to aggravated damages

The High Court has made it clear that putting up a “proper defence” to libel actions should not be taken into account when courts are deciding whether to award aggravated damages.

October 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

Phone-hacking and privacy injunctions contribute to drop in libel claims, says research

A drop in the level of libel litigation last year could be down to the phone-hacking scandal and celebrities switching to privacy injunctions, new research has suggested. Sweet & Maxwell said the number of reported defamation court cases in the UK fell 15%, from 84 to 71.

September 4th, 2012 | Comments Off on Phone-hacking and privacy injunctions contribute to drop in libel claims, says research