Second Success for Anglia Research founders in Heir Hunting Libel Claim
Today marked the successful conclusion of a second libel action brought by the owners of Anglia Research Ltd, Philip and Peter Turvey, against Daniel Curran and his company Finders Genealogists Ltd. Both companies are competitors in “heir hunting” and are linked to popular television programmes.
In 2016 Mr Curran and his company apologised for false statements (some made anonymously), paid costs and made a donation to a charity chosen by Philip Turvey. Shortly after that, the Turveys received further documents from an anonymous source containing additional serious libels. Following a series of forensic examinations, disputes over access to documents and information and a yet further set of documents provided anonymously, a second set of proceedings for libel was issued in November 2018.
Whilst denying liability, Mr Curran and his company agreed to pay £40,000 plus costs and to undertake not to repeat the libels and on that basis Philip and Peter Turvey were given leave to make the statement in open court which can be viewed here, upon which basis the claim was concluded.
William McCormick QC, instructed by Adam Tudor and Dominic Garner of Carter Ruck, represented Messrs Turvey in the second claim.