Serious fraud office libel case

The House of Lords has granted Thomas Taylor and Monarch Assurance leave to appeal an Appeal Court decision which struck out their libel and slander claims against the director of the Serious Fraud Office. The appeal will centre on whether documents disclosed to the defence by the Crown in criminal proceedings are subject to an implied undertaking that they will not be used in any other proceedings except with the leave of the court. They will also consider whether statements or conduct of a defendant which are part of the process of investigation of a possible crime have an absolute immunity from suit.