At long last, on 26 July 2016 the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), the regulator of the Press, set-up an arbitration pilot scheme to allow parties to avoid having to go through expensive court proceedings for defamation, privacy and harassment claims against participating newspapers and magazine. The scheme is initially set to run for 12 months.

The Process


The way the process works is that instead of the parties going to court, an IPSO-appointed arbiter will judge a claim in a more informal, probably quicker, and certainly cheaper way and will make a decision that is binding on both parties (ie, you and the publisher). 

Before you can go down the IPSO arbitration route, both you and the publisher must agree to arbitrate your claim through IPSO. It is likely that participating publishers will be eager to sign up to this route, particularly as it will also save them significant legal costs, and we produce a list of participating publishers at the end of this article.  The type of claims that are potentially eligible for IPSO arbitration are those which:

  • Relate to defamation, privacy and harassment; and
  • Are brought within 12 months of the alleged wrongdoing; and
  • Are brought against participating publications (see the list at the end of this article).

We Can Help

At MW, Our Mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those who are the victims of defamation, privacy and harassment.

If you have an eligible claim in relation to the above and would like to talk to one of our specialist Solicitors, call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at

Participating Publications

The publications below are participating in the IPSO Arbitration Scheme, although they are not obligated to arbitrate. This must be agreed for each case, and we can assist with this.

Trinity Mirror
The Daily Mirror, The Sunday Mirror, The Sunday People, The Liverpool Echo
Telegraph Media Group
The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The Weekly Telegraph
Conde Nast Publications Limited
Brides, Conde Nast Johansens, Conde Nast Traveller, Glamour, GQ, GQ Style, House and Garden, Love, Tatler, The World of Interiors, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Wired
Northern and Shell
The Daily Express, The Daily Star, New!, OK!, Star Magazine
News UK
The Sun, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Times Literary Supplement
Associated Newspapers
Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Metro (NB: that the Mail Online and are excluded from the pilot)

The Press Association

The Press Association drafts content for newspapers, websites, broadcasters and magazines, and does not publish its own titles. IPSO can refer arbitration claims to the Press Association in relation to its content regardless of where that content appeared.

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