Fair Comment Case – Supreme Court Hearing Listed

21 04 2010

In an earlier post we noted that on 2 February 2010 the Supreme Court granted permission to appeal in the “fair comment” case of Joseph v Spiller ([2009] EWCA Civ 1075).  Although the case has not, for reasons which we are unable to explain, reached the Supreme Court’s list of “current cases” it is now reported that the appeal has been listed to be heard on 26 and 27 July 2010.

As we previously mentioned, the Notice of Appeal raises general issues about the law of fair comment.  In the  applicant’s Written Submissions Mr David Price, Solicitor Advocate, criticises the approach of the Court of Appeal as creating “a further level of technicality which is not only unnecessary but also significantly inhibits the defence”. Read the rest of this entry »