News: Phone Hacking – the DPP’s letter to the Guardian.

14 03 2011

The DPP, Keir Starmer QC, has taken the highly unusual step of writing to the Guardian to clarify a point made by Assistant Commissioner John Yates in his own letter to the paper published on Saturday.    This letter was set out in full in our post of yesterday.   In it, Mr Yates had sought to refute the contention that his reliance on a “narrow interpretation” of the offence of interception before the Home Affairs Select Committee in 2010 was misleading.  He argued that the DPP had given “unequivocal” advice to the same effect. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 14 March 2011

14 03 2011

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 Government’s Defamation Bill is expected to be published this week.  The Libel Reform campaign has issued a pamphlet entitled “”What should a defamation bill contain?” setting out its views on the contents of any bill.  There are comments about the discussion document by campaign supporters Simon Singh and David Allen Green. Read the rest of this entry »