Law and Media Round Up – 17 December 2012

17 12 2012

christmas-round-upThis is the final round up before Christmas: normal service will resume in the new year. Please send us any items for inclusion in the next round up to

Twenty-two claimants in the News of the World phone hacking litigation have accepted damages in settlement of their cases. Other cases are likely to settle by January, with a “substantial” number of claims going forward, as the BBC reports here. In October 2012 it was reported that there were 167 claims on the register. Read the rest of this entry »

Northern Ireland Defamation Cases, numbers decline – Olivia O’Kane

17 12 2012

High Court BelfastThe recent changes in the media landscape have no doubt had an impact for libel lawyers in Northern Ireland.  As advertising cuts continue to be made and the Leveson culture has exerted pressure on journalistic practice, the media are no doubt trying to resolve disputes in advance of legal proceedings being issued.  Legal Aid is not available to libel claimants and conditional fee agreements and after the event insurance is not available in Northern Ireland, which also has an effect on the volume of this type of legal work. Read the rest of this entry »