A case apart: Paul Tweed interviewed

From humble beginnings, Belfast native Paul Tweed has built up one of the most lucrative defamation law practices in the world. Now he’s setting his sights on social media giants like Twitter and Facebook

Paul Tweed: For three decades, his name has been synonymous with defamation Pic: Stephen Davison

Paul Tweed likes to re-tell the story of the moment he realised the power of the internet. He was sitting up at home at some ungodly hour, waiting for an apology to be published.

He had, against all odds, squeezed the apology out of the National Inquirer, a US supermarket tabloid magazine so outré that it often seemed to get away with publishing whatever it liked – from alien babies to celebrity tittle-tattle – because ...