Ref NoOBS/1/1/4/1/14
TitleAl-Fayed Harrods Dispute
Date20 August 1984-11 October 1989
Extent2 files
Creator NameThe Observer Limited; Sir Derek Mitchell
DescriptionDocuments relating to the dispute between the Al Fayed brothers and The Observer over the paper's calls for a Department of Trade and Industry inquiry into the purchase of Harrods.

File 1 includes press cuttings from various newspapers reporting the dispute, including those published by the Observer; notes by Derek Mitchell on the case; correspondence between the Independent Directors; copies of legal documents from the High Court of Justice for the case between the Al Fayeds and The Observer; publications; booklet entitled 'A fool and his money..' accounting the life of Mohamed Fayed; booklet regarding the case between Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and The Observer Limited & Lonrho PLC in the High Court of Justice; booklet entitled 'Sinking in corruption', and copies of letters sent by Francesca Pollard to Tiny Rowland.
Also includes list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of employees, Independent Directors and representative lawyers.

File 2 includes an account of Derek Mitchell on his experience of the publication of the special mid-week edition of The Observer (Thursday 30th March 1989); press cuttings from various newspapers covering the publication of the special issue and political fall-out afterwards; copy of the Special Edition and copies of Donald Trelford's affidavits to the Court of Appeal regarding the injunction against The Observer.
Access StatusOpen(part)
Access ConditionsList of names, addresses and telephone numbers of employees, independent directors and representative lawyers is to remain closed in line with Data Protection Act 1998
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