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July 13, 2010

Flood wins Reynolds appeal

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Court of Appeal overturns finding that Times article was protected by Reynolds privilege

The Court of Appeal has overturned the finding made by Mr Justice Tugendhat that a report published by The Times about an investigation into a Detective Sergeant Flood was protected by Reynolds privilege. Tugendhat J’s judgment was given at the conclusion of a trial which took place in July 2009.

This is believed to be the first occasion on which a finding of Reynolds privilege has been overturned on appeal.

The Master of the Rolls, Lord Justice Moore-Bick and Lord Justice Moses each delivered concurring judgments in Mr Flood’s favour.

For further information and a copy of the judgment, please see the full 5RB case report.

5RB’s James Price QC and William Bennett (instructed by Edwin Coe LLP) acted for Mr Flood.