Case Law: Flood v Times Newspapers, Supreme Court allows “Reynolds” appeal – Hugh Tomlinson QC

21 03 2012

In a unanimous decision ([2012] UKSC 11) the Supreme Court today allowed the appeal of  Times Newspapers Limited against a decision of the Court of Appeal ([2010] EWCA Civ 804) which had held that held that it could not rely on Reynolds qualified privilege.  The Supreme Court restored the decision of Mr Justice Tugendhat ([2009] EWHC 2375 (QB)) who had ruled, on the hearing of a preliminary issue, that the Times was entitled to rely on the defence of Reynolds qualified privilege in relation to the printed publication of the article about the claimant. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: R (Lord Carlile) v Secretary of State, Stifling Parliament? – Alex Bailin QC

21 03 2012

In R (Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 617 (Admin), the Divisional Court upheld, with evident reluctance, the Home Secretary’s decision to exclude Maryam Rajavi, “an eminent dissident Iranian politician”, from the UK – denying her the opportunity from meeting in the Palace of Westminster with 16 prominent cross-party members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons to discuss democracy, respect for human rights and other policy issues relating to Iran. Read the rest of this entry »