A leading law firm in Northern Ireland has resolved its legal action over a press report about the so-called Hooded Men.

KRW Law sued the publishers of the Sunday Times following an article which referred to the legal representatives of a group of men allegedly interned and tortured 45 years ago.

Two high profile solicitors in the firm, Kevin Winters and Darragh Mackin, also issued writs.

Up to 26 witnesses were due to give evidence during a two-week trial due to get under way in the Belfast High Court today. However, Mr Justice Stephens was told a confidential resolution had been reached between the parties.

The law firm and its solicitors were awarded their costs under the terms agreed.

KRW Law is representing many of the Hooded Men involved in ongoing attempts to secure a full inquiry into their interrogation and treatment by the British Army in 1971.

The law firm's libel proceedings centred on an article published in the Sunday Times in December 2014.

Following the hearing this morning Mr Winters said: "We are happy with the outcome and further satisfied that the defendant has consented to an order being made to pay all of our legal costs."