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Hamilton v Milroy-Sloan

Reference 30/08/2001
Court Queen's Bench Division

Judge Aikens J

Date of Judgment 30 Aug 2001


Summary

Defamation- Libel – Injunctive Relief- Asset freezing order


Facts

The Claimants were a former Tory MP and his wife. They had been accused by the Defendant, a young woman, of participating in a sexual assault upon her. These allegations were untrue. The Defendant had sold her story to a tabloid newspaper for which she received payment. The Claimants issued defamation proceedings and sought a freezing order.


Issue

Whether it was appropritate to grant a freezing order.


Held

Freezing order granted.


Comment

A freezing order was granted in a defamation case which is fairly unusual. For an example of a Mareva injunction granted in a slander claim see Abdul-Haq Al-Ani v Majed Naji Shubber (Court of Appeal, 25/2/1999).


Instructing Solicitors

Harkavys for the Claimants