Opinion: “Without prejudice – How can Leveson avoid hampering the police investigation into phone hacking?” – Alex Bailin QC

28 10 2011

Lord Justice Leveson Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry into phone hacking will take place before the conclusion of two criminal investigations and possible criminal trials. Normally, a public inquiry as a route of investigation is an alternative rather than a precursor to criminal investigation or prosecution. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Morrissey v McNicholas – Morrissey’s libel claim can go to trial – Gervase de Wilde

28 10 2011

The NME has failed in its attempt to get Morrissey’s long-running libel action against them struck out. In a judgment given by Tugendhat J at the High Court on 26 October 2011 the magazine’s application was dismissed [2011] EWHC 2738 (QB), with the Guardian reporting that the case will be heard next year. The singer told the newspaper that he will now “be able to use the very public forum of the high court in London to clear my name, loud and clear for all to hear.” The NME was similarly bullish, saying to the same paper that it welcomed the chance to bring the matter to an end. Read the rest of this entry »