David Paisley publishes letter despatched by Joanna Cherry’s attorneys – NewsEverything Scotland

AN ACTOR has printed a letter he obtained by attorneys performing on behalf of Joanna Cherry QC after the MP disputed studies of authorized motion in opposition to him. 

David Paisley shared screenshots of a letter he obtained after posting on social media in regards to the MP for Edinburgh South West.

It follows a narrative within the Herald on Sunday which revealed that Mr Paisley was requested to pay £2,000 in authorized charges and donate £500 to charity after he questioned Ms Cherry’s help of a fundraiser on Twitter.

Ms Cherry criticised the preliminary story and stated there was “no authorized motion”.

One of many letters, despatched on December 3, 2020 by regulation agency Brodies LLP, states: “We’re instructed by Joanna Cherry QC MP.”

It describes a tweet posted by Mr Paisley which questioned Ms Cherry’s monetary help of a fellow lawyer’s crowdfunding marketing campaign and continues: “Our shopper is an outspoken and enthusiastic supporter of equality. Our shopper welcomes debate round these points.”

It provides: “Your tweet has brought on hurt to our shopper and continues to take action. Our shopper requires you to take motion to treatment the hurt attributable to your tweet. Our shopper requires you to take away the tweet, to publicly apologise to Ms Cherry QC MP, and to make a donation of £500 to a charity of our shopper’s selection.

“Our shopper has moreover incurred authorized charges of £2,000 (excl. VAT), which have essentially been incurred in responding to your defamatory tweet. Our shopper requires you to pay these prices.

“If this motion is taken, our shopper doesn’t take into account it essential to take additional motion relating to your defamatory tweet. Ms Cherry QC MP reserves her place in relation to any motion that she needs to take if you don’t treatment the hurt attributable to your tweet.”


Mr Paisley informed the Herald: “I believe it is improper for an elected consultant to mislead the general public. I believe it is vitally deceptive to counsel that Joanna hasn’t taken authorized motion.

“I’ve obtained a number of letters from her lawyer and have been requested for cash from her.

“I’ve needed to have interaction a lawyer myself. That counts as authorized motion by most individuals’s definition. It could be unfaithful to say she has not engaged authorized motion.”

Ms Cherry claimed the Herald on Sunday report implied that she had taken courtroom motion.

Following publication of the story, she tweeted: “I’ve not lodged a defamation motion in opposition to anybody. Nevertheless like anybody else I’m entitled to name out lies about me notably after they endanger my private security and that of my family members.”

In one other tweet, the MP added: “Defamatory claims about my place on trans rights by the likes of the actor in query and others have successfully put a goal on my again and led to on-line abuse and threats of sexual violence which are actually the topic of legal costs.”

Mr Paisley stated the MP’s denial round her authorized motion was “detracting from the actual problem.”

He added: “This takes away from the purpose I’m making – that these threats are getting used to silence considerations, questions or criticisms.

“I’ve by no means stated something untruthful about Joanna Cherry. I requested a query about why she had funded a marketing campaign, which I believe was a official query, and I nonetheless should not have a solution to that.”

Learn extra: MP Cherry’s £2500 defamation declare ‘may have chilling impact’ on holding energy to account

Lawyer Jolyon Maugham, director on the Good Legislation Undertaking, stated that defamation regulation is getting used extra typically as a technique for silencing individuals.

Mr Maugham has labored with Ms Cherry previously on the authorized problem over Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament and his organisation is presently taking the Conservative Authorities to courtroom over the awarding of Covid-related contracts to firms or people linked to Conservative MPs and officers.

On social media he stated: “As a result of defending defamation proceedings is so costly, a well-funded claimant can bully critics into silence and, by marking the threats ‘confidential’, suppress transparency over the very fact they’re doing so. This feels profoundly incorrect to me.”

He added: “So many defamation authorized threats are marked ‘personal and confidential’ to restrict transparency over who’s utilizing the regulation to curtail (truthful or unfair) criticism. The authorized recommendation we’ve got obtained is that there’s little or no threat in publishing these threats.

“We’re conscious of instances of (e.g.) campaigners in opposition to sexual violence being bullied into silence, and wrongly compelled to apologise, by the specter of defamation proceedings.

“We at @GoodLawProject intend to again these campaigners as a way to discourage these threats.”

As beforehand reported, charity Scottish PEN have supported Mr Paisley and say the authorized motion by Ms Cherry on this case is “disproportionate and troubling”.

The organisation has printed a press release on his case this morning, confirming its help and considerations.

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