Who are we?

We are a small niche practice specialising in libel law but have also undertaken other specialist litigation work referred by existing clients. Our administrative base is in the heart of legal London (opposite the Royal Courts of Justice) at 218 Strand. These offices known as "218 lawyers club", is a dedicated office space for lawyers, with shared secure facilites and reception - though we all work independently. 

Founded 27 years ago (1991) by Mr Sahota our practice has achieved many favourable settlements for private individuals, companies, newspapers, and other media outlets.  We have also achieved some notable successes in court.

Mr Sahota can provide on-site training and pre-publication advice to newspapers; and offer a 24/7 "lawyer access" package if needed (for those that go to press at midnight !).

We offer fixed fee quotes (especially to newspapers) and occasionally undertake "no win no fee" claimant and defence work. Funding arrangements are clearly discussed, explained, and agreed in advance.

Mr Sahota's interest in life science law, both contentious and non-contentious, means that we are expanding into this area of law.

About Mr Sahota

Mr Sahota is a solicitor-advocate with a background in journalism (amongst other things!). His small but busy practice (est. 1991) acts for claimants and defendants alike and range from private individuals to large media outlets.   

His "solicitor-advocate" title allows him to appear in all civil courts at all levels in England and Wales. He graduated from Warwick University (BA Hons 1975-78) where he read Politics with International Studies; then won a post-graduate bursary to study journalism at City University, London (1978-79); and, after working as a journalist and civil servant (Commission for Racial Equality) changed career to study law (CPE & LSF at Wolverhampton University in 1986-88).

This breath of experience has proved invaluable in getting the right result whether it be by friendly compromise or occasionally, but only if necessary, by courtroom battle at trial. 

Mr Sahota believes that legal practice specialisms should be chosen according to personal taste and passion and so, in September 1991, he established his own independent libel practice. 

Mr Sahota additionally has a keen interest in life science law - an area he is expanding into.

He was born in Punjab, Nothern India, and is of Sikh background. His interest include sport and travel. 

 

 

Our firm's policy in representing claimants and defendants

We do not favour claimants or the press.  The right to reputation and respect for private and family life is as important as the right to freedom of expression. At many levels freedom of expression is a "private right" and so, though these rights are often weighed against each other in the libel courts in London, they are at a fundamental level inextricably linked and must co-exist in a free and democratic society.

Private Individuals:

We aim to get those whose reputation has been tarnished an early apology, correction, and in some instances damages for the harm caused. However we recognise that some cases will not settle and individuals have little option but to fight in court.

The Press:

For our media clients we understand the pressures of a busy newsroom, tight deadlines and other pitfalls. Genuine mistakes need to be corrected quickly. In other cases if settlement is not possible, despite good will and the desire to do so, then the only solution may be a courtroom battle. There are, however, a few exceptional cases where to expose serious wrongdoing (and not to enrich the "villain who sues") the matter can only be resolved by the courts.