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Wagatha Christie trial timely reminder of inherent risks in litigation between high profile individuals

Published on 29 July 2022

Earlier today, the UK's High Court handed down its decision on the highly publicised case Vardy v Rooney.

Commenting on the judgment by Mrs Justice Steyn, RPC Media Partner Alex Vakil said:

"Whilst the case does not throw up any new or novel areas of law, it serves as a timely reminder of the inherent risks in hard-fought litigation between high-profile individuals, particularly when parties are subjected to robust cross-examination. Ms Vardy as Claimant was subjected to three days of cross-examination which touched on various aspects of her private life. Had she succeeded, this ordeal may have been worth it. Instead, Ms Vardy is left to settle what is likely to be a monstrous legal costs bill. The experience of Ms Vardy may serve as a warning to other future litigants considering embarking on such action."