Following the runaway success of our Inforrm 2010 Media Law quiz, we are repeating the exercise with some even tougher questions about the events of 2011.   The prize in this year’s eagerly anticipated quiz is a copy of Adrian Bingham’s book “Family Newspapers?  Sex, Private Life and the British Popular Press 1918-1978”.

Answers should be submitted to Inforrm by Email (to by  13 January 2012.  The editors’ decision on all matters relating to the quiz is final.


1. Who said the following, when and where and in what context?

(a)   “The modern law of privacy is not concerned solely with secrets: it is also concerned importantly with intrusion”

(b)   “British newspapers have been sinking deeper into an unethical pit in which decency and the facts are all too often ignored”

(c)   “The only recommendation that should put be forward by Leveson is one banning by law over ambitious and under talented politicians from giving house room to proprietors who are seeking commercial gain from their contacts”

(d)  “The Defendant is a public nuisance. He is in effect a vexatious litigant who is a defendant”

(e)   “Does … a judge have any right to deny someone who works ten hours a day in a Sunderland call centre and lives for football, the right to buy a paper that reveals the sexual peccadilloes of one of his team’s millionaire married players”

(f)  “Don’t start me on the subject of misrepresented titles or names. I suffer that to this day”

 2.  In relation to privacy injunctions:

(a)   In which three cases were appeals against the refusal of injunctions successful in whole or part in 2011?

(b)   How many super-injunctions were granted in 2011?

(c)   How many new privacy injunctions were granted to prevent media publication after the date of the report of the Master Rolls’ Committee on Super-Injunctions?

(d)  There were three cases in 2011 in which injunctions restraining the publication of the names of claimants were discharged. Who were the three claimants who were identified as a result?

 3.  On this date three unsuccessful applications were made to discharge the same injunction:

(a)  What was the date?

(b)  What was the name of the action?

(c)  What were the other two judgment relating to media law delivered on the same date?

 4.  On this date a Lord Justice was party to decisions overturning two specialist defamation judges:

(a)  What was the date?

(b)  Who was the Lord Justice?

(c)  What were the cases?

5.  What was the largest libel award in the English courts in 2011 and where was the defendant based?

6.   What was the first redacted document generated by the Leveson Inquiry?

7.   Which Core Participant at the Leveson Inquiry did not complain about people watching him in bed with a QC’s daughter this year and why?

8.    In which case did the parties spend the 2010 Christmas vacation waiting for the first instance judgment and the 2011 Christmas vacation waiting for the judgment of the Court of Appeal?

9.  What is the significance of the following numbers for media lawyers in 2011:

(a)  175,000?

(b)  16, 8 and 1?

(c)  30,000?

(d)  0?


(a)  Which award winning investigative journalist, said to be nicknamed “Onan the Barbarian” by his colleagues was a defendant, a claimant and a witness in 2011?

(b)  What were the courts or tribunals involved in each case?

 11.   Who or what do the following have in common:

(a)  Rose West, Ken Dodd, Sarah Thornton?

(b)  Eady J, Richard Ferguson QC, Leveson LJ?

(c)  Benjamin Pell, Lady Heather Mills Macartney, Clive Goodman?

(c)  Sweeney J, Eady J, Mann J and Vos J?

(d)  Jonathan King, Elaine Decoulos, and Bob Crow?