Alastair Brett – as he leaves The Times, an appreciation

21 07 2010

The Times’ and Sunday Times’ long serving legal manager, Alastair Brett, has left the newspapers after more than 30 years. He has been a fixture on the legal media scene for as long as most practititioners can remember. We take this opportunity to recall some of the highlights of his long career at Times Newspapers Limited and his tireless contribution to the cause of press freedom.

Alastair Brett began working in the Times Newspapers’ legal department in the late 1970s shortly after qualification in a city firm of solicitors. He traded a world of dreary “time-sheets” for the joys of the in-house lawyer’s role on a newspaper. The list of Editors who benefited from his advice over three decades includes William Rees-Mogg, Harold Evans and Andrew Neil. Read the rest of this entry »

Rome II and Defamation – an online symposium from the Conflict of Laws Blog

21 07 2010

The “Rome II” Regulation (Reg. (EC) No. 864/2007) is the European Union Regulation on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations. From 11 January 2009, the Rome II Regulation created a harmonised set of rules within the European Union to govern choice of law in civil and commercial matters (subject to certain exclusions) concerning non-contractual obligations.  However, there was no consensus over the appropriate conflict rule to deal with defamation and privacy disputes. Read the rest of this entry »