Phone Hacking Trial: Police searches of Brooks’s homes come under scrutiny – Martin Hickman

21 01 2014

Rebekah BrooksDay 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. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Re E (A Child), Reporting Restrictions and the foreign media, a pragmatic approach

21 01 2014

2646_MunbyIn the case of Re E (A Child) ([2014] 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. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: Charlie Brooks may have threatened to sue over missing bags, Old Bailey hears – Martin Hickman

21 01 2014

Charlie and Rebekah BrooksDay 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.

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Defamation Act 2013: A Summary and Overview – Iain Wilson and Max Campbell

21 01 2014

Defamation Act 2013The 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. Read the rest of this entry »