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Month: December 2010 (Page 1 of 4)

Vince Cable, Subterfuge and the Public Interest

The “Telegraph” sting operation directed at the Business Secretary Vince Cable and other Liberal Democrat ministers once again focuses attention on the vital issue of confidentiality and the public interest.  Two “Telegraph” reporters, posing as concerned constituents, drew Mr Cable into a number of indiscrete statements about the Conservatives, the coalition and Rupert Murdoch which they secretly tape recorded and which have now been disclosed to the world. Continue reading

Matrix Media Update – 23 December 2010

This is a Media Law Update covering the last week prepared by the Legal Information Team at Matrix Chambers, which they have kindly agreed to make available to readers of Inforrm.

Latest Cases

Clift v Slough BC [2010] EWCA Civ 1171 – 21 December 2010, CA (Ward, Thomas and Richards LJJ).  The Court of Appeal dismissed the defendant’s appeal against a decision of Tudgendhat J that a public authority should only be entitled to rely on the defence of qualified privilege  in respect of a defamatory publication if it the publication was consistent with its public law duties.    Continue reading

Law and Media Round Up – 20 December 2010

In this regular feature we draw attention to the last week’s law and media news and next week’s upcoming events. If readers have any news or events which they would like to draw attention to please add them by way of comments on this post.


The phone hacking scandal continues to dominate the legal media news agenda. Shortly after the DPP announced that that there insufficient evidence for charges, the Guardian,  the Independent and the Financial Times reported on the Sienna Miller action.  Continue reading

EU Law, Freedom of Information and Data Protection – Part 3 – Aidan O’Neill QC

This is the third part of a three part post.  In this part Aidan O’Neill considers EU secondary legislation on data protection

The Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC was passed by the EU legislature under what is now Article 16(2) TFEU. It has been supplemented by: the Data Protection (Telecommunications) Directive 97/66/EC which regulates the processing of personal data in the telecommunications sector; and by  Privacy (Electronic Communications) Directive 2002/58/EC  which prohibits, in principle, the storage of electronic data by persons other than users, without the consent of the users concerned. Continue reading

News: Glenn Mulcaire Lodges Appeal To Court Of Appeal

The Court of Appeal have listed the appeal which has been lodged by Glenn Mulcaire against the decision of Mr Justice Mann handed down on 17 November 2010 in Phillips v News Group Newspapers ([2010] EWHC 2952 (Ch)).

The private investigator Glenn Mulcaire was ordered by Mr Justice Mann to provide information identifying the “News of the World” journalists who instructed him to hack into voice mail messages.  The Judge ordered Mr Mulcaire to provide information relevant to the claim being brought by Nicola Phillips, a former employee of Max Clifford’s company, against the News of World arising out of alleged phone hacking. Continue reading

“Phone Hacking – Questions to Answer” – Brian Cathcart

In a post yesterday on the Index on Censorship Blog, Brian Carthcart considers the latest developments in the “News of the World” phone hacking scandal, suggesting that this puts the police under the spotlight, suggesting that the police should be taken off the case and the investigation reopened.  This is based on the consideration of the case advanced by Sienna Miller in the latest civil claim against the “News of the World”. Continue reading

Matrix Media Update – 17 December 2010

This is a Media Law Update covering the last week prepared by the Legal Information Team at Matrix Chambers, which they have kindly agreed to make available to readers of Inforrm.

Smith v ADVFN plc (No.7) [2010] EWHC 3255 (QB) – 13 Dec 2010.   The claimant has brought 11 defamation claims he had brought against people he claimed had defamed. In May 2010 the Court of Appeal stayed a number of defamation actions brought by the claimant and ordered him to show cause why each of the remaining claims should not be struck out. Continue reading

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