In brief: Herbert Smith on end of defamation writ

Herbert Smith, which issued a libel writ on behalf of Irish businessman and lawyer Tony O'Reilly over an article published in the magazine Business Age, has become the target of a defamation writ issued by the firm's publisher Tom Rubython. Rubython claims the firm, which issued writs against both him and the Evening Standard, libelled him in a letter to the Standard on 11 January.