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Manchester lecturer wins legal fight against Vilnius University

Manchester lecturer wins legal fight against Vilnius University

Tuesday 24th April 2012

Yesterday, 21 March 2012, a statement was read in open court at the High Court in London in proceedings brought by Mr Khalid Ansari against Vilnius University and other defendants. Mr Ansari has been and continues to be represented by the defamation team at North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street in those proceedings.

The proceedings concern serious allegations made about Mr Ansari, a respected academic, during his time as an employee of Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). The allegations concerned both his personal and professional reputation. They have caused him considerable stress and embarrassment. He has been forced to issue court proceedings in seeking to restore his reputation. High Court proceedings were issued in December 2008. Until now, Vilnius University had contested the claim in full.

In the statement at court yesterday, Vilnius University expressed its regret for the damage and distress caused to Mr Ansari by the publication of these serious allegations. Vilnius University took the opportunity to disassociate itself from all of the allegations and confirmed that it has agreed to pay substantial damages to Mr Ansari and to pay his costs in connection with the proceedings against Vilnius University.

Mr Ansari's reaction

Mr Ansari commented on the agreement reached with Vilnius University: “The allegations made against me have devastated my personal and professional life. They have caused me untold distress and my health has suffered immeasurably.”

“The allegations in question date back to 2007 and since that date I have had to put aside the impact of these allegations to be able to fight for my reputation. It is regrettable that Vilnius University took until now to resolve my claim against them but I am delighted that we have now reached terms. I remain as determined as ever to clear my name as against the remaining defendants.”

Glyn Lancefield, Solicitor at Brabners Chaffe Street said: “We are very pleased with the terms of the apology provided by Vilnius University to our client. This firm has represented Mr Ansari on the basis of a ‘no win no fee' agreement since the outset of his claim and we remain committed to pursuing the claim against the other defendants and fully obtaining vindication of our client's reputation”.

Mr Ansari's claim continues to be contested by the remaining defendants, including MMU.


For further information contact Glyn Lancefield at Brabners Chaffe Street on 0151 600 3060