A solicitor who acts for a range of high profile clients has launched a legal battle for libel damages against Associated Newspapers.
Dr Shahrokh Mireskandari, a partner of legal firm Dean and Dean, accuses the newspaper group of defaming him and is seeking damages and aggravated damages.
The Daily Mail ran a series of articles about Mireskandari, including one headed: ‘Liar, crook, and friend of billionaires and royalty â€¦ meet the lawyer who’s tearing the Met apart’in September. Another story was headed: ‘The crooked lawyer and his ‘very good friend’ police chief who told him how to tear a case apart.”
Mireskandari has instructed media firm Carter-Ruck to act for him in his libel action, and is demanding an injunction banning repetition of the allegations against him.
Unusually, his High Court writ does not list the claims at the centre of his case, and refers instead to allegations in a schedule. Mireskandari is seeking unlimited damages and values his claim at more than £300,000.