Keystone Law has advised Lady Colin Campbell on her successful libel claim against MGN Limited, the publishers of the Daily Mirror.
MGN has agreed to pay a significant sum in damages to authoress, socialite and TV personality Lady Colin Campbell after defaming her in an article published in print and on the Daily Mirror’s website on 18 and 19 November 2019.
The article misquoted what Lady Colin Campbell had said on the television programme “Good Morning Britain”, and alleged that Lady Colin Campbell had appeared on the programme to defend the rape of children by Jeffrey Epstein.
In a statement read in the High Court before His Honour Judge Lewis, Lady Colin Campbell’s Leading Counsel, William McCormick KC of Selborne Chambers, instructed by Keystone Law media lawyer Gerard Cukier, explained that MGN had libelled Lady Colin Campbell by misquoting her. The publisher accepted that it was entirely wrong to accuse her of having appeared on the programme to defend Jeffrey Epstein or his “right to rape children” and that it should not have made that accusation.
The Daily Mirror has today published a correction and apology to Lady Colin Campbell for the considerable distress caused to her, including by misquoting her, and the print and online articles have been permanently removed.
The claim was settled on 16 May 2023 with MGN agreeing to pay substantial damages and Lady Colin Campbell’s reasonable costs. MGN Limited has unreservedly withdrawn the allegation.
Following the settlement, Gerard Cukier said:
“This was an extremely damaging and hurtful allegation to make of such a high-profile personality.
“After a hard-fought battle lasting well over three years, it is gratifying that Lady Colin Campbell has finally been successful in fully vindicating her reputation. I admire her tenacity in maintaining her stance throughout and never giving up at any point during the entire three-and-a-half-year ordeal.”
Lady Colin Campbell was represented by Gerard Cukier and assisted by litigation associate Romina Nicolaou.