The three Appeals involve two libel privacy matters and phone hacking. The Appeals have provided the three newspaper groups the opportunity to convince the Supreme Court to end recoverable success fees together with ATE premiums in such cases.
The Claimants exchanged contacts and completed on a property in London between November and December 2013, completion taking place on the 12th December 2013. Following completion the Claimants discovered that the seller had committed a fraud as he was not the true owner of the property, he had impersonated the owner.
This case was the first to look in detail at the defence of public Interest under s4 of the Defamation Act 2013