Paul Tweed, a partner at Gateley Tweed, acted for Arlene Foster, the first minister of Northern Ireland, in the High Court in Belfast. The court ordered Christian Jessen, the celebrity doctor and television presenter, to pay Foster a record £125,000 in damages, plus her legal costs, for a defamatory tweet that wrongly said that she had been having an extramarital affair.
What were the biggest hurdles you had to overcome in this case?
I was initially consulted on Christmas Eve 2019 after our office had closed, as there was ongoing dissemination of the tweet. In the absence of accessible contact details for the defendant, my client and I decided that the only option was to forward a warning on an open tweet, making headlines on