Brooks v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd; Brooks v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd [2016] NSWSC 604

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – application to have related defamation proceedings heard together – where proceedings involve differently drafted imputations but common questions of fact – delay – where each proceeding already listed for hearing on different dates – prejudice to plaintiffs in losing junior counsel long briefed in the matter – prejudice to defendant in related proceedings in losing usual right of an independent approach

Matthew Richardson appeared for TCN Channel Nine