Carter-Ruck has successfully defended a claim for defamation brought against Sarah Hermitage by the Tanzanian businessman Reginald Mengi. The case concerned five postings on a blog, “The Truth about Silverdale Farm”, and two emails Ms Hermitage had sent. Mr Justice Bean dismissed the claim, stating that Ms Hermitage’s publications were substantially justified and in any case a measured, even restrained, response to the attack she and her husband had endured from the media in Tanzania. The Judge ordered that Mr Mengi should pay the defence costs on an indemnity basis.

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