Where libel proceedings had been launched by the applicant with a view to vindicating his reputation and undermining the credibility of the respondents, a convincing case had to be made out to justify putting those proceedings on hold at an early stage in the litigation. In the circumstances it was not in the interests of the administration of justice to stay the proceedings, as the applicant had chosen to issue the proceedings and to use them as a weapon in an attempt to close down discussion and debate over an important public issue.

[2005] EWHC 2410 (QB)

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