Case Law: Shergill v Purewal – another “religious libel” case stayed.

28 01 2011

The judgment in Shergill v Purewal ([2010] EWHC 3610 (QB)) given on 15 December 2010 by Sir Charles Gray has now been posted on the indispensable Bailii website.   The claimant was a Sikh activist who sued the “Panjab Times” and a person he claimed was its editor for libel. Mr Shergill alleged that three articles in the newspaper meant that he sought to instigate serious riots and create an atmosphere of terror by proclaiming that Baba Jeet Singh had won a case in an Indian court, and that he was seeking to misappropriate religious centres in Oldbury, Birmingham and High Wycombe by trick and false rumours, and that he would be responsible for any unpleasant incidents which occurred. Read the rest of this entry »

Matrix Media Update – 28 January 2011

28 01 2011

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

Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police v Information Commissioner [2011] EWHC 44 (Admin) – 21 Jan 2011.  The issue to be determined was whether, when estimating the costs of complying with a request for information, a public authority could take into account, for the purposes of the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, SI 2004/3244, reg 4(3)(d), the time spent in redacting exempt information from any document in which the information which it proposed to disclose in compliance with that request was contained. Read the rest of this entry »

RPC Media Bulletin: “The end of recoverable success fees in media cases?”

28 01 2011


The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that UK laws allowing the recoverability of success fees in privacy cases violated a newspaper’s rights to freedom of expression. Last week’s landmark decision almost certainly means that later this year the Government will scrap recoverable success fees and ATE insurance premiums in defamation and privacy cases. Read the rest of this entry »