Cicero Consulting has been appointed on a 'no win no fee' basis to
handle media relations for two former day-nursery nurses accused of
The nurses, Chris Lillie and Dawn Reed, this week started civil
defamation proceedings in the High Court as a result of the allegations,
which were published in a 1998 Newcastle City Council report, Abuse in
The report followed a court case in 1994 in which both Lillie and Reed
were acquitted of 11 counts of child sexual abuse by direction of the
Newcastle Crown Court judge.
The council, the Newcastle Chronicle, and the report's authors are all
defending the action, being heard without a jury.
Cicero has been appointed by Lillie and Reed's solicitors SJ Cornish,
who are also working on a no win no fee basis.
Agency CEO Stephen Lock refused to comment on media tactics other than
to confirm the campaign would be nationally-focused. He added that even
if the litigation was a success, Cicero's payment would only cover