Norfolk-based Steeles Law has been retained by Formula 1 chief Max Mosley as he launches libel proceedings against the News of the World.
Mosley’s legal team issued a writ for defamation against the newspaper on Friday (25 July) after winning £60,000 in damages from the Sunday publication for breach of privacy (TheLawyer.com, 24 July).
Steeles Law has also retained its three-barrister team from 5 Raymond Buildings, comprised of James Price QC (pictured), David Sherborne and Victoria Shore.
It is understood that the News of the World will also continue with its own legal team, which will mean Mark Warby QC, another 5RB silk, acts as lead counsel through instructions from Farrer & Co partner Benjamin Beabey.
Mosley has also started criminal and civil actions against media organisations across Europe. These include a £1.2m lawsuit against the publisher of Germany’s largest newspaper, Bild.
Bild, like the News of the World, alleged that Mosley’s sadomasochistic sex session with five dominatrices had “Nazi connotations”. Mr Justice Eady’s ruling last Wednesday held that sex orgy involved a portrayal of sadomasochism but not in relation to Nazism.
Bild publisher Axel Springer is being sued for breach of trust, copyright and fraud. The claim against the publishers alleges that it spent money for “illegal purposes” by paying for the video and photos of the orgy.