Moore settles book extract libel action with Express

ENGLAND international rugby player and litigation partner Brian Moore has settled a libel action with the Daily Express over extracts published from a book by fellow rugby player Stuart Barnes.

Moore, a partner at London firm Edward Lewis, had earlier settled with Barnes and the publishers of his book Smelling of Roses after an addendum to the book was issued in which Barnes says he did not intend to impugn Moore's integrity.

In addition, Moore, represented by the firm's litigation partner Brendan Murphy, has confirmed a further settlement arising out of the action. The Daily Express published a correction on 6 January and paid damages to Moore.

“I am very pleased this matter is finally closed,” Moore says.

“I don't really blame the Express, who only reprinted the ill-advised comments by Stuart Barnes.

“This is not something I have been happy to be involved in but if you enter into this field you must do so with the benefit of the best possible advice.”

* Edwin Coe property specialist Rob McKellar has left the firm to join Edward Lewis as a partner in its property group.

Edward Lewis has been seeking to expand its property group through senior recruitment, and the firm says McKellar's appointment will complement its existing expertise in landlord and tenant law, property development and residential property matters.