NEWS: Journalist drops action against lobbyist Tomison

Evening Standard planning correspondent Mira Bar-Hillel has dropped her court action against Maureen Tomison, chairman of lobby firm Decision Makers. ES publisher Associated Newspapers, which was backing the case, has agreed to pay costs estimated to be in excess of pounds 50,000.

Evening Standard planning correspondent Mira Bar-Hillel has dropped her

court action against Maureen Tomison, chairman of lobby firm Decision

Makers. ES publisher Associated Newspapers, which was backing the case,

has agreed to pay costs estimated to be in excess of pounds 50,000.



Bar-Hillel had claimed damages for slander in comments Tomison made

about her to the Nolan Committee last January. The writ, issued in

February 1995, also claimed damages for libel in a press notice it

alleged Tomison had issued.



Sandra McDonald, of Associated’s solicitors Titmuss Sainer Dechert, said

the case - which had been brought to protect Bar-Hillel’s reputation -

was delayed because of Maureen Tomison’s ill-health. ‘Meanwhile, Mira’s

career went from strength to strength. In those circumstances we decided

not to proceed’.



Tomison issued a statement saying: ‘It is significant that I was forced

to ask the court for the Evening Standard’s own case to be given a date

to be heard’. The Evening Standard’s decision, was, she said, a ‘total

vindication of my company, my team and my work.



It is a victory for the individual over the increasing tyranny of the

tabloid press.’



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