Tag Archives: Law Society

Corporate defamation claims and claims against anonymous parties

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson is interviewed by Susan Ghaiwal.  This article was first published on Lexis® PSL IP&IT on 24 September 2015.

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Solicitors from Hell appeal thrown out

Rick Kordowski, the founder/operator of the now defunct solicitors from Hell website, has been refused permission to appeal the High Court ruling that closed down the website.  On 15 November 2011 Tugendhat J ordered that Mr Kordowski cease publishing the website.  On 7 December a final order was made, inter alia, preventing Mr Kordowski from establishing a similar website.

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Defamation litigation statistics for 2011 published

The Inforrm Blog has published its annual summary of libel litigation in England and Wales. It reports that 23 final determination hearings were held in the High Court in 2011, down from 21 in 2010. Unusually, only three cases involved the mainstream media. Only two trials took place, neither of which were a jury trial.There has not been a libel jury trial since 22 July 2009.

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Judgment handed down in Solicitors from Hell class action

Mr Justice Tugendhat has handed down judgment in the claim brought by Brett Wilson LLP on behalf of the Law society, Hine solicitors and Kevin McGrath against Rick Kordowski, the operator/publisher of solicitors from Hell.  Representative proceedings were brought by the Claimants under CPR 19.6 on behalf of those listed on the website and those at serious risk of being listed on the website. Three applications were heard at a hearing before the High Court on 15 November 2011.  Firstly, an application for an interim injunction prohibiting the Defendant from publishing www.solicitorsfromhell.co.uk (the Website) or a similar/similarly named website; secondly, an application for a default judgment/permanent injunction (which superseded the first application) and thirdly, an application for the continuation of an injunction granted on 2 November 2011 preventing the Defendant from transferring data relating to the Website.  Following the hearing Tugendhat J ordered the immediate removal of the Website in its entirety and that the injunction of 2 November 2011 continue.  Further orders were made on 7 December 2012, inter alia, prohibiting the Defendant from publishing or establishing (whether by himself, his servants, his agents or otherwise) a similarly named website or a website inviting member of the public to post negative comments about individuals and/or organisations involved in the legal profession, where as a result such individuals are harassed (within the meaning of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (PHA)) or have their personal data unlawfully or unfairly processed in breach of the Data Protection Act (DPA).  The following is a summary of the judgment (The Law society & Ors v Kordowski [2011] EWHC 3185 (QB) (07 December 2011)) prepared by Brett Wilson LLP.  The full 70 page judgment can be found on the Bailii website.

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Slander action brought against Law society CEO struck out

A claim for slander brought by Rick Kordowski, owner of the “solicitors from Hell” website, against Law society CEO Desmond Hudson has been struck out by the High Court as an abuse of process. Brett Wilson LLP was instructed by Mr Hudson in relation to Mr Kordowski’s claim. A full copy of the judgment can be found at http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/2011/2667.html

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