The UK could become a hotbed for internet litigation after a Russian claimant was told by the House of Lords that he could sue for libel in this country, says law firm Keeble Hawson.

In the cases Boris Beresovsky v Michaels and Nikolai Glouchkov v Michaels, the House of Lords decided a claimant's right to sue did not arise solely in the country where the libel originated, but could arise in any jurisdiction where claimants have a reputation to uphold.

Keeble Hawson internet lawyer, Jonathan Armstrong, said: "As a result of this case we are likely to see what lawyers call forum shopping – that is international litigants choosing the most favourable court to sue in, wherever that is in the world."