Mail on Sunday considers next move over sacked Helliker

The stand-off between The Mail on Sunday and its sacked diary editor Adam Helliker continues as the paper’s executives consider a “communication” from Helliker’s lawyers.

Editor Peter Wright would not discuss the matter further before he left for a holiday last weekend and Helliker’s solicitor Gillian Howard was equally inscrutable, saying: “Both sides’ lawyers are still in discussion.”

Helliker has said he is pressing ahead with an unfair dismissal claim and is to consider legal action after he was sacked for his part in selling one of Princess Diana’s address books to a US dealer for £25,000.

Wright appears in no hurry to replace Helliker, whose deputy, Jane Slade, was away in Crete last week, researching a book. The column still appeared under her picture byline, but was compiled by freelance Christopher Wilson.

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