News Group Newspapers Limited Settles High Court Action by Matt Nixson

Matt Nixson and News Group Newspapers Limited have reached an agreement, without admission of liability, to settle the claims brought by Matt Nixson against News Group Newspapers Limited in respect of the termination of his employment.  Matt Nixson has withdrawn his claims against Lord Grabiner QC, William Lewis, Simon Greenberg and Jeffrey Palker without admission of liability by any of those defendants.

Matt Nixson’s solicitor Alison Downie of Goodman Derrick LLP said:

“My client is delighted to have reached agreement to settle both his High Court and Employment Tribunal claims against his former employer News Group Newspapers Limited.  Matt is a widely respected and highly experienced senior journalist, previously Head of Features of The Sun.  The High Court and Employment Tribunal litigation has ended by settlement, with Matt Nixon’s high reputation and professional integrity maintained. He is glad to be able to put the litigation behind him and looks forward to continuing the career he loves.”

Matt Nixson said:

“I am really pleased to have reached agreement with News Group Newspapers Limited. 

 I’m incredibly grateful to Barry Fitzpatrick and  Roy Mincoff of the National Union of Journalists, and all their colleagues, for backing me unstintingly during this very difficult period. I would also like to thank my solicitor Alison Downie of Goodman Derrick LLP for acting for me and her support. I am particularly grateful to the many journalists, former colleagues and friends in the press, including at News International, who have provided incredible support to me and my family over the last year.”

Barry Fitzpatrick, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists said:

“ I am immensely pleased that Matt has reached conclusion to this very sad affair. I would like to thank the many journalists who have written about this and sent messages of support to Matt, the Press Gazette for their support also, and Alison Downie and the legal team.”

Roy Mincoff, Legal Officer of the NUJ said:

“The NUJ is delighted that Matt Nixon’s fight for justice has been concluded. We are grateful to all those involved in assisting and standing by him during this time and hope that Matt can now rebuild his career in his chosen profession of journalism”

Background

Matt Nixson was the Head of Features of The Sun who in July 2011 was summarily dismissed by his employer NGN Limited with no reason given for that dismissal at that time.  Matt Nixson launched High Court proceedings last October 2011 against NGN Limited and members of the Management Standards Committee of News International, claiming damages for wrongful dismissal/breach of contract and referring to damage to reputation. Matt Nixson also commenced Employment Tribunal proceedings against NGN Limited only, for compensation for unfair dismissal. Those claims were defended by all Defendants.

Following settlement the High Court claims and the Employment Tribunal claims have been withdrawn by Matt Nixson.

Alison Downie, partner and Head of Employment at Goodman Derrick LLP acted for Matt Nixson in the legal proceedings. Counsel instructed in the High Court case were James Goudie QC and Akhlaq Choudhury, both of 11KBW Chambers, at 11 Kings Bench Walk, Temple London EC4

For further information please contact:

Alison Downie
Partner and Head of Employment

Goodman Derrick LLP
10 St Bride Street
London EC4A 4AD
Telephone: 0207 404 0606
Direct Dial: 0207 421 7960
Mobile:      0788 7575 666
Email:  adownie@gdlaw.co.uk

or:

Jennifer Hellyer
Direct Dial: 0207 421 7996
Email:  jhellyer@gdlaw.co.uk