Law Absolute - Recruitment specialists

Former New Zealand cricketer wins Twitter case

1st November 2012

Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns has won what he hopes will be the final stage of a libel case against former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi over allegations of match-fixing which were made on Twitter.

The High Court ruled in March that the tweet, which appeared briefly on the website in January 2010, was defamatory, and this has now been fully upheld by the Court of Appeal. Mr Cairns has also been awarded £90,000 in damages after successful representation from a UK law firm.

With the allegations described as ‘baseless’, Mr Modi has now been refused permission to appeal again.

The length and complexity of this case, which was based entirely around one post on a social media website, will no doubt have been viewed with great interest by newly qualified lawyers who are currently seeking work through legal recruitment agencies in London, as the sector continues to expand and diversify into new, uncharted areas.