Law and Media Round Up – 7 February 2011 [Updated]

7 02 2011

Wordle: Law and MediaIn 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 most important case of the week was Monday’s “anonymity” decision of the Court of Appeal in the JIH case. Edward Craven’s Inforrm post about the decision attracted a record number of hits.  Unfortunately, neither the decision itself nor this post appears to have been read by many journalists who produced characteristically inaccurate and one-sided analyses of the case the following day (see our post here).  Read the rest of this entry »

News: Libel in the Supreme Court [Revised]

7 02 2011

Gary Flood

On 24 January 2011, the Supreme Court gave permission to appeal in the case of Flood v Times Newspapers. Lords Hope, Brown and Mance originally proposed to grant permission on the condition that the “Times” agreed to pay Mr Flood’s costs in any event. The Court has now granted permission on these terms.  The “Times” has to decide whether to pursue the appeal on this basis.  We commented on the Court of Appeal decision at the time and other discussions of it can be found in the “Table of Recent Cases” above. There is a report on the initial permission decision in the Press Gazette. Read the rest of this entry »