Counsellor granted challenge

Former Portsmouth councillor Terence Gregory, who was removed from office following allegations relating to unfair property dealings but who was later cleared of those allegations, has won the right to continue with a legal battle for the right to sue the council over the impact the matter had on his reputation. The Lawyer, 14 July, reported his application to the House of Lords for consent to challenge earlier court rulings striking out his claim. Now Lords Slynn, Steyn and Hope have granted him leave to mount that challenge.