Doughty Street media lawyers win libel action brought against The Sunday Times.

05.07.13 |

Gavin Millar QC and Anthony Hudson of Doughty Street Chambers, instructed by Simons Muirhead & Burton, acting for The Times Newspapers, have won a libel action brought by a man described as an “underworld king”.


The article written in May 2010, headlined “Underworld kings cash in on taxpayer land fund”, described David Hunt as the head of a crime organisation that had been shown to be connected with murder, drug trafficking and fraud.


Described by Hunt’s lawyers as libel of “exceptional gravity”, the judge, Mr Justice Simon said he was satisfied journalist Michael Gillard behaved fairly and responsibly in gathering the information and in ensuring what was published was accurate and fair. It was "a serious piece of investigative journalism".

The judge said the newspaper had justified its case that there were grounds to suspect Hunt was responsible for the intimidation of the main witnesses against him when he was prosecuted in 1999 for a violent assault, and that he attacked and threatened to kill a man at a court hearing and then avoided prosecution through intimidation.

To read the full judgment click here.


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