News: Leveson Inquiry core participant applicants to be heard – Thais Portilho-Shrimpton

1 09 2011

Lord Justice Leveson is due to hear applications from individuals who have sought to be core participants in his inquiry next week.

Solicitors will make the case for their clients to become core participants in the Leveson Inquiry in the Royal Courts of Justice on Tuesday, September 6, at 10.30am. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Phone hacking of Bulger killer raises further questions about the police and the “News of the World”

1 09 2011

On Sunday 28 August 2011 the “Sunday Times” reported that Operation Weeting police officers have warned Robert Thompson, one of the killers of James Bulger, this his telephone may have been hacked by the “News of the World”.   It is reported that details relating to him and others close to him appear in the papers being examined by the investigation.   The story is by David James Smith, author of a book about the Bulger case, The Sleep of Reason and was, surprisingly, not front page news.  It was picked up in the Metro but has received very little media attention. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Cush and Boland v Dillon, High Court of Australia upholds privilege defence – Giselle Kenny

1 09 2011

In a unanimous ruling ([2011] HCA 30) the High Court of Australia has dismissed an appeal by two employees of the NSW Catchment Management Authority (“CMA”) and affirmed that a defamatory statement made by their former colleague to the chairperson of the CMA board was protected by qualified privilege. Read the rest of this entry »