No presents this Christmas for the Press! – Alastair Brett

23 12 2011

Santa Claus will be bringing few presents for the Press this year.  After the recent vicious attack by Associated Newspapers on Hugh Grant, the horror of the McCann’s ordeal in Portugal and Paul McMullan and Richard Peppiatt rounding on their former bosses, Lord Justice Leveson will be a brave man indeed if he decides that the Press is NOT a feral bunch – borderline criminals rather than the informative, well meaning newspapers of record they would like to be. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Raab MP v Associated – confidentiality agreements and libel proceedings – Gervase de Wilde

23 12 2011

Confidentiality agreements frequently play a part in the resolution of legal disputes outside the courts. The relationship between such agreements, the interests of parties to libel proceedings, and the wider public interest was considered in a decision on a strike out application given by Tugendhat J on December 15 ([2011] EWHC 3375 QB). The application to stay or strike out was made on the basis that the Claimant’s behaviour in relation to a confidentiality clause in a settlement interfered with the Defendant’s ability to defend the claim. Read the rest of this entry »