Schillings win Lords victory for Naomi Campbell

Schillings is set to reap in excess of £1m in fees after the House of Lords delivered its landmark judgement in favour of Naomi Campbell against the Daily Mirror.

The House of Lords today ruled for Campbell by a margin of three judges to two, reinstating the High Court’s earlier decision to award £3,500 in damages to the supermodel after the Daily Mirror printed photographs of Campbell leaving a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting.

The Lords also issued an injunction preventing the newspaper from photographing Campbell leaving NA meetings in future.

The award will see the Daily Mirror pay costs in excess of £1.5m including legal fees for both sides.

Schillings took the case to the House of Lords on a Conditional Fee Arrangement (CFA) with a 100 per cent uplift. The deal sees Schillings’ legal fees rise above £1m for the entire length of the proceedings, which commenced in 2001.

Senior partner Keith Schilling said the firm used a CFA “as a matter of principle,” to ensure the case was heard by the House of Lords.

He said: “The decision is not a blow for freedom of information, and the press will welcome responsible laws on privacy.”

Davenport Lyons, led by partner Kevin Bays, advised Daily Mirror instructing Desmond Browne QC of 5 Raymond Buildings.

Schillings instructed Andrew Caldecott QC of One Brick Court.