Hamlins LLP is pleased to announce that our client the actor Kris Marshall, who is best- known for his roles in the hit romantic comedy film ‘Love, Actually’, and the popular television programmes ‘My Family’ and ‘Death in Paradise’, has settled his privacy claim against News Group Newspapers Limited (‘NGN’).
Kris instructed this firm in relation to his claim against NGN for the misuse of his private information by phone hacking and other unlawful information gathering activities and we issued proceedings on his behalf in January 2019.
NGN agreed to a joint Statement in Open Court in order to publicly apologise to Kris for the distress caused to him for the invasion of his privacy by individuals working for and on behalf of the News of the World. NGN also agreed to pay a substantial amount of compensation for the distress suffered as well as his legal costs.
A public apology made through a statement read out in open court is an important remedy in claims brought against the press, particularly libel and privacy claims, and yet in this instance it is notable – and possibly a first in English legal history – that the public apology had to read out remotely rather than in the courtroom because of the Coronavirus lockdown.
The Statement in Open Court was read before Mr Justice Mann, the Managing Judge in the phone hacking litigation – please click here to read the statement.