The Financial Times published a letter by Belfast media lawyer Paul Tweed.
From Mr Paul Tweed.
Sir, You report (“Reducing costs of UK libel actions could cause wave of litigation”, November 4) that a media law firm has suggested that the proposed Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting “would hurt small publishers disproportionately”.
However, the proposed costs protection order may also be granted in favour of a regional newspaper or publisher with limited financial means as well as an impecunious claimant. In other words, both claimants and defendants with limited means may not have to pay costs if it is determined to be in the overall interests of justice.
Paul Tweed, Senior Partner, Johnsons Law Firm, London SW1, UKRead in the FT here. Read on Scribd here and here.