Campbell’s Lords victory means £1m for Schillings

Schillings is set to reap in excess of £1m in fees after the House of Lords delivered its landmark judgment in favour of Naomi Campbell against the Daily Mirror.

The House of Lords ruled for Campbell last Thursday (6 May) by a margin of three judges to two, reinstating the High Court’s decision to award £3,500 in damages after the Daily Mirror printed photographs of the supermodel leaving a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting.

The Lords also issued an injunction preventing the Daily Mirror from photographing Campbell leaving NA meetings in future.

The costs award will see the newspaper pay in excess of £1.5m in legal fees for both sides.

Schillings took the case to the House of Lords on a conditional fee arrangement (CFA) with a 100 per cent uplift. If the uplift is approved, the deal will see Schillings’ legal fees rise above £1m for the entire length of the proceedings, which commenced in 2001.

CFAs have come under attack recently, with newspapers and the Court of Appeal rounding on Peter Carter-Ruck & Partners for excessive fees.

Schillings founder Keith Schilling said the firm used a CFA “as a matter of principle”, to ensure the questions raised by the Campbell case were heard by the House of Lords.

“The decision is not a blow for freedom of information, and the press will welcome responsible laws on privacy,” said Schilling.

Davenport Lyons, led by partner Kevin Bays, advised the Daily Mirror, instructing Desmond Browne QC of 5 Raymond Buildings.

Schillings instructed Andrew Caldecott QC of One Brick Court.