National newspaper groups sign up for compulsory IPSO arbitration

The UK’s seven best-selling national daily newspapers and eight best-selling Sunday newspapers have agreed to sign up to the IPSO compulsory arbitration scheme announced on Tuesday this week.

The scheme will cover national newspapers published by News UK, Trinity Mirror, Associated, Telegraph and the former Northern and Shell.

This will mean that members of the public can get low-cost access to justice without having to go to court for legal claims including libel, invasion of privacy, data protection or harassment. The participating newspapers cannot refuse to arbitrate on any valid claim. It costs a maximum in fees of £100 for the claimant.

The scheme will launch by 31 July, when IPSO has drawn up new agreements with publishers. Adverts promoting the new arbitration scheme will feature in national newspapers from Monday to begin raising awareness.

IPSO Chief Executive, Matt Tee, said “The compulsory arbitration scheme will cover the biggest national newspaper titles in the UK. Anyone who has a valid claim against them can make it through the IPSO scheme for a maximum cost of £100, and the newspaper has no choice but to arbitrate.”

The full list of newspapers covered is: Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Weekly Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Metro, Times, Sunday Times, The Sun, Times Literary Supplement, Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star,  Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, and Sunday People.