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Libel claim brought by BES Group discontinued

DPSA has successfully defended a libel claim brought by BES Utilities and Commercial Power against businessman Neil Scrivener. Following the emergence of an Ofgem report¬†published on 25 November, which contained Ofgem’s intention to impose a financial penalty on BES for failures in customer service, the claimants discontinued their claim. The trial on serious financial loss was due to commence at 2pm on 26 November and would have been the first trial on s.1(2) of the Defamation Act 2013, which requires trading corporations to prove serious financial loss.

The Defendant’s skeleton argument, in relation to the legal principles, can be read here.