Case Law: Gulati v MGN Ltd, A landmark decision on the quantum of privacy damages – Hugh Tomlinson QC and Sara Mansoori

22 05 2015

Mirror Hacking ClaimantsThe judgment in the Mirror Phone Hacking damages case of Gulati v MGN Ltd ([2015] EWHC 1482 (Ch)) deals with a wide range of legal and factual issues.  This post deals in detail with only three: the principles on which damages for misuse of private information are assessed, whether it was appropriate to make only one award of damages per claimant and the quantum of damages in privacy cases in general.  It was Mr Justice Mann’s decision in favour of the claimants on the first two points which led to the very substantial awards of damages in this case which are summarised below. Read the rest of this entry »





Why IMPRESS is Seeking Recognition as an Independent Press Regulator – Walter Merricks

22 05 2015

waltermerricksAs soon as I was appointed Chair of IMPRESS, people asked me whether we would be seeking recognition under the Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press [pdf]. It would have been absurd for me to give an immediate answer. The IMPRESS Board was yet to be appointed, let alone to hold our first meeting. When we did meet for the first time, early this year, we agreed that we would hear what people had to say for and against the Charter before reaching a decision. Read the rest of this entry »





Mirror Phone Hacking Judgment: a turning point in the phone hacking litigation – Steven Heffer

22 05 2015

mirror_1839320bThe judgment handed down by Mr Justice Mann on 21 May 2015 in the Mirror Group quantum cases, Gulati and others v MGN ([2015] EWHC 1482 (Ch)), represents a turning point in the phone hacking litigation.  Read the rest of this entry »