Phone Hacking Trial: Transcripts of “deeply personal and intrusive” messages between David Blunkett and lover found in News International safe – Martin Hickman

7 11 2013

BlunkettDay 9: Transcripts of “deeply personal and intrusive” messages between Labour politician David Blunkett and his lover Kimberly Quinn were found in a safe at Britain’s biggest newspaper group, the hacking trial heard today. Read the rest of this entry »





Consultation on Costs protection in defamation and privacy claims, consultation closes tomorrow

7 11 2013

ministry-of-justiceOur readers are reminded that the Government’s consultation on Costs Protection in defamation and privacy claims closes tomorrow, 8 November 2013.  Under the proposals, the present costs regime for these cases – involved “Conditional Fee Agreements” and recoverable After the Event insurance premiums – will be abolished and replaced by “qualified one way costs shifting” (QOCS). Read the rest of this entry »





Power and publication: an interview with Onora O’Neill

7 11 2013

O'NeillThis interview originally appeared in the Kings Review and is published with permission and thanks.

King’s Review recently talked to Baroness Onora O’Neill, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, crossbench member of the House of Lords, and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Cambridge. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: R (Ingenious) v HMRC: ‘Tax avoiders’ don’t have human rights – Philippa Whipple QC

7 11 2013

HM Revenue & Customs websiteIn the case of R (Ingenious Media Holdings) v Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs ([2013] EWHC 3258 (Admin)) Sales J has rejected an application for judicial review by Ingenious Media Holdings plc and Patrick McKenna, who complained that a senior official in HMRC had identified them in “off the record” briefings. Read the rest of this entry »