Privacy, the common law and a celebrity divorce – David Burrows

16 01 2018

Under the headline ‘Jamie and Louise Redknapp’s divorce papers to be kept secret as a judge blocks the release of documents the Transparency Project reported that the Press were complaining a London court had ‘blocked the release of papers that would normally be made public and he has not given a reason why’The Daily Mail, TP said, had complained: ‘A judge has thrown a blanket of secrecy” over the couple’s divorce. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 15 January 2018

15 01 2018

The Data Protection Bill is currently progressing through the House of Lords, attracting much scrutiny in the process. Recent amendments can be found here.  The third day of the Report Stage was on 10 January 2018. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Preview: Various Claimants v News Group Newspapers, Trial of phone hacking cases to begin on 18 January 2018

14 01 2018

On 18 January 2018, nearly seven years after the managed litigation began, Mann J will begin hearing the trial of  generic issues and four lead cases in the third wave of the Mobile Telephone Voicemail Interception. Read the rest of this entry »





Virgin boycott and the Daily Mail’s strange notion of press freedom – Justin Lewis

13 01 2018

Virgin Trains’ recent decision to decide not to include the Daily Mail amongst the publications it offers its West Coast customers has received predictable howls of outrage. The foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, found time in his busy schedule to condemn it as “pompous, censorious and wrong”. For some, of course, these criticisms might equally be applied to the Daily Mail itself. Either way, this story brings to light a host of contradictions. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson: Theresa May gets her facts wrong – Brian Cathcart

12 01 2018

The Prime Minister says press reforms backed by the Lords threaten local papers. But locals already have a special opt-out– thanks to measures she helped sponsor. Read the rest of this entry »





Inforrm End of Winter Break and Hilary Term Preview [Update]

11 01 2018

The Inforrm winter break ends today, which is the first day of the Hilary Legal Term.  This term will end on Wednesday 28 March 2018.  The highlights include a 4 week phone hacking trial and two “right to be forgotten” trials involving Google. Read the rest of this entry »





Data Protection: Overview of the Case Law in 2017

10 01 2018

It was perhaps in 2017 that media and information lawyers became fully aware of the potential benefits of data protection claims.  The  Court of Appeal approved what has now become the standard practice of pleading data protection and defamation claims in tandem. Read the rest of this entry »