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