Peter Murray, a former driving test examiner, was awarded £30,000 after being libelled by the Motor Schools Association of Great Britain. In their monthly magazine they claimed that Mr Murray deliberately failed driving test candidates when he should have awarded them passes, thereby cheating candidates during their test and distorting the pass rate figures of the Driving Standards Agency. The allegations were made against the backdrop of concerns about the driving test and road safety.
The day before trial the MSA, together with its Chairman and the author of the article, admitted their libel of Mr Murray. They apologised in a Statement in Open Court and agreed to publish a front page apology in the next edition of their magazine.
Mr Murray was represented by Nigel Tait and Magnus Boyd