Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Delays at court hearing

15.30: There have been substantial delays in getting the Charlton court hearing in Manchester under way.

Richard Cawley tweeted recently: 'There are 167 people on hearing. Judge Pearce saying the lobby was so jammed it was not possible for people to join - including him and some of the parties involved. He apologises for considerable delay. Confident that all key people in attendance. 

The early exchanges suggest that this may not be concluded today, indeed given the complexity of the matters raised, it may well have to go to trial which would mean a long delay.

Paul Elliot's QC is pushing for a trial, suggesting availability in November.  Damages could not settle the matter.  Anyway, Panorama has no assets other than shares in ESI so there is no assurance that it could settle.

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