It continues to baffle me why otherwise sane, risk-averse persons should choose to gamble their entire wealth by going to law. It has long been established that the only winners from legal actions for libel or slander - defamation as it seems to be termed these days - are the lawyers. There must come some point at which vanity, hubris and the faint hope of victory overcome common sense - but beware it, for that is the point at which all your life's wealth is lost.
In the construction business we've long learned not to have intractable disputes. Or if we insist on having them, to have recourse in the first instance to tribunal processes such as adjudication, faster and simpler than an action in the Construction Court. Relatively. £600 an hour is fairly cheap by city solicitor standards and even a simple adjudication can cost £30k.
I suppose politicians fall into the same category of fuddle-headed moron as pop stars and glamour models as far as defending their 'reputation' goes and so one need not over sympathise will any ill fortune in the law courts. In Andrew Mitchell's case, it would take a heart of stone not to chuckle.