The Belgian brewing group, Interbrew, has announced that it is delaying its action to seize the assets of The Guardian newspaper. The action was threatened after the brewer won a legal battle forcing five media groups to hand over leaked documents.

The case was due to come to court on Tuesday when Interbrew would have applied for the sequestration of Guardian assets. Lawyers for Interbrew have now said that the case has been adjourned indefinitely to allow negotiations to continue. The company has obtained court orders to force The Guardian, Financial Times, The Times and Reuters to give up the documents but has not yet enforced them.

Interbrew offered to drop its legal action if the leaked documents were handed over to the Financial Services Authority which is carrying out an investigation into the leaking and altering of the documents.