Lee & Thompson and 5RB secure libel win for comedian Frankie Boyle

Media firm Lee & Thompson has won a major libel claim for Frankie Boyle after a jury ordered Daily Mirror publisher Mirror Group Newspapers to pay the comedian £50,400 after concluding it had libelled him.

Frankie Boyle
Frankie Boyle

Head of litigation Mike Brookes instructed 5RB’s David Sherborne for Boyle, who had claimed damages after an article in the tabloid described him as a “rascist” in an article on 19 July last year.

Davenport Lyons partner Kevin Bays had instructed Ely Place’s Ron Thwaites QC for the publishing group, which had defended the article “on the basis of truth and fair comment”.

The jury awarded Boyle £50,400 for the libel and £4,250 over a claim that he was “forced to quit” the tv show Mock the Week.

Mr Justice Eady was the presiding judge in the trial.

It is a sizeable reward by the court, although the largest libel damages payout to have been assessed went to former Formula 1 chief Max Mosley, who was awarded £60,000 by Eady J in 2008 after he successfully sued the News of the World over pictures that showed him participating in an orgy with five prostitutes (24 July 2008).