Sir James Dyson and Lady Deirdre Dyson: Statement in Open Court

10 December 2020

Rachel Atkins, Partner at Schillings, today read a Statement in Open Court (SIOC) on behalf of Sir James Dyson and Lady Deirdre Dyson, following their successful libel claim against Associated Newspapers Limited in respect of articles published in July 2019, which the Mail admitted were false and defamatory. You can read the full Statement in Open Court here.

The SIOC states that Sir James Dyson and Lady Deirdre Dyson’s case was not motivated by money and the compensation paid to them by Associated Newspapers Limited will be donated to Cure EB, a charity funding research into a cure for and treatment of the debilitating skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa. The Claimants will match the donation with a further £100,000 of their own.

The SIOC concludes The Daily Mail has protracted the process, but it has finally admitted the articles it wrote were false and damaging. The Claimants had little option but to accept the Offer of Amends even though the Daily Mail’s apology which followed was wholly inadequate in their view. You can read the the Daily Mail’s correction here.

For external commentary on the Statement in Open Court please see below:

  • Press Gazette: Daily Mail pays out 100,000 to Sir James Dyson over misreporting of row with housekeeper
  • Inforrm: Statement in open Court – Daily Mail pays 100,000 damages to Sir James and Lady Dyson over false housekeeper allegation
  • Daily Mail: Sir James Dyson donates 100,000 Daily Mail libel payout to charity
  • Belfast Telegraph: Sir James Dyson donates 100,000 Daily Mail libel payout to charity
  • Shropshire Star: Sir James Dyson donates 100,000 Daily Mail libel payout to charity
  • Express and Star: Sir James Dyson donates 100,000 Daily Mail libel payout to charity

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