Case Law: O’Rawe v William Trimble Ltd, Northern Ireland – Olivia O’Kane

27 01 2011

In a previous post I referred to Northern Irish interlocutory judgement in the case of Bridget O’Rawe and William Trimble Limited ([2010] NIQB 124).  The trial of the action has now taken place and the trial judgment has been delivered ([2010] NIQB 135). There is a BBC News report of the judgment.  This is one of the few libel cases to go to trial in recent times in Northern Ireland and the judgement is not only extremely detailed but provides long awaited clarification from the bench in relation to qualified privilege and particularisation of pleadings. Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: “Ignoring domestic abuse? SLAPPs in the UK” – Andrew Scott

27 01 2011

An interesting piece in the Guardian on 18 January focused on a letter sent recently by Carter Ruck to the Soil Association warning of potential liability under libel law if an objection to a planning application was not withdrawn. The piece quoted David Banisar of Article XIX who characterised the letter as a ‘strategic lawsuit against public participation‘ (SLAPP). Read the rest of this entry »