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Complainant Name:
Jirehouse Capital

Clauses Noted: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10

Publication: Evening Standard


Jirehouse Capital complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy), Clause 2 (Opportunity to reply), Clause 3 (Privacy), Clause 4 (Harassment), Clause 10 (Clandestine devices and subterfuge), and Clause 14 (Confidential sources) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant was concerned that the newspaper had included a number of inaccuracies about its involvement in Scot Young's financial affairs. It did not consider that it had been given sufficient opportunity to respond to the allegations included in the article, and was concerned that the newspaper had clearly been in possession of confidential information.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following correction:

An article of 21 May (‘A new twist in the capital's most bitter divorce battle') said that Stephen Jones, a lawyer from Jirehouse Capital, had been accused in court by lawyers acting for Michelle Young of helping her husband, Scot Young, to conceal his wealth. The accusation had not been made in court at that time and, although it was made in later proceedings relating to the Youngs' divorce, Mr Jones was cleared by the judge of any impropriety. Jirehouse Capital, which acts for some of Mr Young's creditors (though not Bank of Scotland or the Malaysian government) has asked us to reiterate that Mr Young is not their client. We are happy to set the record straight.

Date Published: 07/03/2014

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