Solicitor Wins a Libel Claim

Solicitor, Stewart Wiseman, has succeeded in his libel claim against businessman, Colin Sullivan.The businessman had alleged that his solicitor had spent “a whole day” playing golf, instead of dealing with his case.

He rung the solicitor and accused him of charging £300 per hour for legal work, when he was playing golf.

Mr Sullivan posted offensive notes on his Range Rover and parked it outside the solicitor’s home and then outside his offices at Duke Street, London.

Those accused the solicitor of spending the whole day playing golf instead of working on his case, and then sending him a £4,050 bill; charging 13 and a half hours work at £300 per hour.

The allegations were strongly denied by the solicitor and he sued his former client for libel.

The case came before Mr Justice Eady, and the Defendant’s barrister told the court and the Judge that his client now

  • “admits the libel and is anxious for me to make an apology as soon as I can.”

The barrister said

  • “Mr Sullivan now accepts that all the allegations he made about Mr Wiseman are entirely untrue and wishes to sincerely apologise for the serious distress that he caused Mr Wiseman and his family.”

The Defendant agreed to pay the Claimant substantial damages and costs.

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