Phone Hacking Trial: Coulson received £600,000 pay-off, but remembers little of Dowler story – Martin Hickman

25 04 2014

Andy CoulsonDay 96: Andy Coulson left the News of the World with a £600,000 pay-off, but with little memory of what turned out to be one of its most important stories: the disappearance of Milly Dowler, the phone hacking trial heard today. Read the rest of this entry »





Reflections on the Defamation Act 2013, one year after Royal Assent – Matthew Collins

25 04 2014

CollinsIt is one year today since the Defamation Act 2013 received the Royal Assent. Dr Matt Collins QC reflects on the English law of defamation and the significance of last year’s reforms.

No-one, starting from scratch, would devise defamation laws of the kind with which England and Wales, and the rest of the common law world, have been saddled. If they could be represented pictorially, they might resemble Frankenstein’s monster: countless complications and piecemeal reforms riveted to the rusting hulk of a centuries’ old cause of action. Read the rest of this entry »





Trial by Television, Lessons from Pretoria – Jonathan McCully

25 04 2014

Oscar Pistorius trialWhether cameras should be allowed into our courtrooms has been a much debated issue for over 20 years. In England and Wales the Supreme Court has been been filmed since its creation in 2009, whilst the Court of Appeal finally let the television cameras in on the 31st October 2013. So why should England and Wales take notice of the media’s handling of the Oscar Pistorius trial? Have we not now accepted cameras in our courts? Read the rest of this entry »