The article which appeared in the Sunday Mirror was on 23 June of 1996. The adjudication was not until 27 July of 1997. So Mr Grant in his recollection perhaps was being somewhat generous. It took over a year for that adjudication to arise.
As I understand it, a legal claim was issued in October of 1997, which resulted somewhat more speedily in the judgment that he refers to in paragraph 14 being given in his favour in December, only some two months later.