Government statement about defamation and privacy claimants not have to pay other sides costs in UK

January 5, 2013 |

The UK government has announced that members of the public bringing a claim for defamation or breach of privacy against a large media organisation will in the future  be protected against having to pay the other side’s costs if the case is lost. In addition the proposed  ban on the claiming back of legal insurance premiums and lawyers’ success fees, coming into force in the majority of civil court cases from April 2013, will initially not apply to these types of cases. This will mean that conditional fee agreements (CFAs), will  continue to allow defamation and privacy cases to be brought at no financial risk to the claimant, and will remain attractive to victims of defamation or breach of privacy.

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