Day 42: Police searches of Rebekah and Charlie Brooks’s homes in London and Oxfordshire came under scrutiny at the phone hacking trial today. At one stage, Jonathan Laidlaw QC, for Mrs Brooks, suggested that detectives were practising “Carry On” style policing. Continue reading
In the case of Re E (A Child) ( Fam 6) the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, returned to the vexed question of reporting restrictions in children cases. He, once again, emphasised the importance of permitting public debate about a decision. He stressed the need to proceed with caution where the foreign media were involved and ordered express exemptions covering broadcast and print media outside the jurisdiction. He also permitted publication by the mother on the internet in languages other than English. Continue reading
Day 41, Part 2: Charlie Brooks may have threatened to sue after an estates manager refused to hand back his missing bags, the Old Bailey heard yesterday. Neil Perkins, a porter at the Chelsea Harbour residential complex, said he thought he heard an irritated Mr Brooks issue the warning on 18 July 2011.
The Defamation Act 2013 came into force on 1 January 2014. This article is a short introduction to the various provisions of the Act. Is it not a comprehensive guide to the law of libel (which is not limited to this Act) and not intended as a substitute for legal advice. Continue reading