Willers v Joyce and Nugent

Judgment was handed down today by Mrs Justice Rose DBE following an 18-day trial in the Chancery Division of the High Court in the case of Willers v Joyce and Nugent.

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At an interim stage, the Supreme Court extended the tort of malicious prosecution to include civil proceedings generally (by a majority of 5-4) so that the case could proceed to trial. The Supreme Court also gave a significant ruling on the precedent value of decisions of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the Courts of England and Wales.

Laytons LLP – Geraint Thomas and Rebekah Parker – acted for the successful defendants, who are the Executors of the estate of the late Albert Gubay KC*SG.

Further information concerning the work and charitable ambitions of Albert Gubay can be found here.

Laytons LLP instructed Paul Mitchell QC and Tom Shepherd of 4 New Square to act on the executors’ behalf. A note about the case has been published by 4 New Square.

The judgment can be viewed below:


Press enquiries should be directed to Geraint Thomas.