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Well, it would have scotched the story but we went with it. This was a man called Napier, who was president of the Law Society. He was reprimanded by the Law Society, his own society. That seemed to me a reasonable story to put in. He said this was confidential, it was between him and his professional organisation, the fact that he'd been reprimanded while being president. We went to a court, quite expensive, and won. They said: "No, I'm not going to grant the application but he can have a temporary injunction while we appeal." The appeal -- that was in January and the appeal didn't come on until May, so it was five months delay. We have a story. We're not allowed to run it for five months. The total joint costs of both of the parties were 350,000 by this point. If we'd lost, £350,000 just to try and put in a story. As it happens, we didn't recover all other costs, because you never do, but we won finally an appeal. So six months later we're allowed to print a story which I thought self-evidently was in the public interest.

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