More success for Rogers and Norton’s Litigation team in defamation claim
12th Feb 2021
Our Litigation team led by Peter Hastings successfully concluded a claim for Mutual Aid Sheringham (MASh).
It was alleged in May 2020 that our clients were subject to Police Investigation. This allegation was completely untrue and false. We advised our clients that this was a defamatory statement, and advised our clients that they had a claim in defamation. A letter of claim was issued and we engaged with Sheringham Town Council and its solicitors in pursuing the claim. Our clients received an apology and admission that the statement was false and untrue. The Council settled a claim for damages and costs. Our clients are delighted that they can now put this event behind them and continue to serve the local community, working with the Council.
Our clients commented “Throughout the duration of our case Peter Hastings and the team at Rogers and Norton worked tirelessly with incredible diligence and professionalism, promptly and ending with the best outcome. We really felt like they were working for us and we very much appreciated their skills and second to none expertise. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone. Peter, you are what they call a legend. “
Peter is recognised as an expert and leader in commercial litigation, he has a particular specialism in dealing with:
Directors/shareholder covenants, breach of agreement and duties
Enforcement/defending employment covenants and issues
Insolvency claims including claims against directors
Construction Contracts and Disputes
HMRC and Border Force – Including Tax, VAT, Duty, and Border Force seizures
Claims involving the Financial Conduct Authority and Financial Ombudsman and Banks and Consumer Credit claims
Online harassment by social media, including through repeated online posts, “trolling”
Intellectual Property including Copyright, Passing off and Trademark disputes
He is very experienced in High Court and County Court claims, Court of Appeal., First Tier Tax Tribunal, Adjudication, Mediation; Arbitration (including International Arbitration); County Court and High Court injunctions and advocacy.
Clients are based locally, nationally and internationally.
The value of claims range from £10,000 into multi-millions.
Recent Cases Include:
Advising Nestle on imports/exports
Anglian Windows Limited v Anglian Roofline Limited  EWHC 4204 (IPEC) – a successful interim injunction application in the IPEC in relation to trade mark infringement and passing off.
E v S (ICC 2013) Instructed for Claimant in ICC arbitration concerning an operating agreement for a Guinea Gold Mine, in which both parties alleged that the other was in repudiatory breach, resulting in a substantial claim for damages and defending a counterclaim. Arbitration settled shortly before substantive hearing. Arbitral Tribunal: John Marrin QC, Joe Smouha QC, Sir Gordon Langley.
White Digital Media v Weaver  EWHC 1681: Acting for a defendant to defeat an application to enforce post-termination restraints
Banham Marshall v Lincolnshire County Council 2007 EWHC 402 QBD
Re Checkprice 2010 All ER (D) 296
CC&C v HMRC 2014/3351.
Belcher (VAT Assessment) TC/2014/0318
Successfully obtaining a High Court Injunction on behalf of Anglian Windows Limited in relation to a breach of confidential information and securing the protection of its database.
Acting for an American company and disputing a £1.2m VAT assessment.
Successful defence of a High Court Defamation claim, resolved on an expedited basis.
Acting for a purchaser of a business on a warranty claim arising on the purchase, value £2.8m.
Achieving a fantastic result for a Swiss Company securing the release of goods and a reduction on penalty.