Opinion: “Freedom of Information in the Wikileaks era” – Andrew Murray

4 02 2011

This is the text of Andrew Murray’s opening statement  at the BIICL debate on Freedom of Information in the WikiLeaks Era.   It was originally posted on his blog, “The IT Lawyer” and is reproduced with permission and thanks.  There was a report of the full debate by Judith Townend posted on Wednesday.


I am pleased to be here tonight among a panel of expert commentators. I believe the role of the academic on occasions such as this is to provide the broader viewpoint that is afforded by the freedom of not having to support either a client viewpoint or a professional one. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Wallis v Meredith – another libel strike out – Sara Mansoori

4 02 2011

The recent decision of the Mr Justice Christopher Clarke in Wallis v Meredith ([2011] EWHC 75 (QB)) resulted in the Claimant’s case being struck out on the basis that there had been no real or substantial tort following Jameel v Dow Jones & Co Inc ([2005] QB 946).   The Defendant, Mr Meredith, had been an employee of the claimant company which had been founded by Mr Wallis. Following Mr Meredith’s redundancy the relationship between the parties broke down and the Claimants instructed Mishcon de Reya who began to correspond with Mr Meredith on their behalf. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: “Daily Mail on the naughty step over domestic violence case” – Adam Wagner

4 02 2011

In an entertaining post which also raises the serious issue of journalistic responsibility, the Nearly Legal blog has put a Daily Mail “family law expert” on the naughty step in relation an article on a recent Supreme Court decision on the meaning of domestic violence in housing cases.

According to the respected housing law blog, the Mail article, entitled “Shout at your spouse and risk losing your home: It’s just the same as domestic violence, warns woman judge”, demonstrates“why the Mail is not a paper of record for case reports”. Read the rest of this entry »