It has been reported that the case of Andrew Mitchell MP v News Group Newspapers Limited is unlikely to be taken any further on appeal to the Supreme Court. The Law Society Gazette yesterday stated that Mr Mitchell’s solicitors had indicated that they have been advised that a further appeal is unlikely to be successful.
Mr Mitchell’s appeal to the Court of Appeal late last year, to allow relief from a ruling that his costs only comprise of the Court Fees after his solicitors filed their costs budget late, had been rejected and there had been speculation as to whether the case would be taken further on appeal to the Supreme Court. However that now seems very unlikely.
As a result the previous strict guidance handed down by the Court of Appeal in the case is likely to stand as authority without further challenge – at least for the time being.
James Braund, specialist personal injury solicitor at Trethowans LLP, stated that "This indication has been widely anticipated in legal circles. Although not wholly unexpected, the decision will reinforce the message that breaches of Court Orders by parties to litigation (or their solicitors) will not be tolerated by the Court."