Wright v McCormack – consequentials judgment handed down


Craig Wright to pay indemnity costs and referred for contempt proceedings following alleged breach of High Court embargo in libel action.

Craig Wright, who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin, has been referred for contempt proceedings by Chamberlain J over an alleged breach of the embargo related to draft judgments in his libel proceedings against the blogger Peter McCormack. The judgment was handed down today.

Following Chamberlain J’s findings at trial, that a central part of Dr Wright’s case on reputational serious harm was deliberately false, and the award of £1 nominal damages (see the judgment of 1 August 2022 here, Dr Wright has now also been ordered to pay Mr McCormack all the costs of the action on the indemnity basis (save in respect of two costs orders previously made in Wright’s favour which the court declined to set aside). Dr Wright was also refused an injunction against Mr McCormack and refused permission to appeal against the award of nominal damages.

Catrin Evans KC, Ben Silverstone and George McDonald acted for Mr McCormack instructed by RPC LLP.

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