The Inforrm blog is taking a summer break until the end of September. We thank all our readers and contributors who have supported us over the past year. Posting will continue over the summer but will not be as regular as normal.
We have now had over 3.5 million page views since February 2010. There have been nearly 3,600 posts from dozens of different contributors.
Over the past six years we have sought to cover the full range of media and law issues – from the “libel reform” debate, through “super injunction spring” and phone hacking firestorm” into issues of media regulation and the impact of the Defamation Act 2013 and the “right to delist”.
A number of important media law cases have been decided by the English courts in the past 12 months including
- In November 2015, the Court of Appeal dismissed the Daily Mail’s appeal in in the case involving photographs of Paul Weller’s children. In March 2016 the Supreme Court refused the Mail permission to appeal.
- In December 2015, the Court of Appeal dismissed the Mirror Phone Hacking Appeals, approving an approach to privacy damages which produces considerably higher awards. In March 2016, the Supreme Court refused the Mirror permission to appeal.
- In May 2015, the Supreme Court reinstated the privacy injunction in the “PJS” case. Our post on the original injunction granted by the Court of Appeal in January was the most popular of all time. The Court of Appeal then decided to discharge the injunction – a decision overturned by the Supreme Court.
All these and many other media and law stories have been extensively covered on Inforrm over the past year. The top ten posts of the past 12 months (from a wide range of authors)were as follows:
- Case Law: PJS v News Group Newspapers, Court of Appeal grants privacy injunction – Sara Mansoori and Aidan Wills
- How to avoid defamation – Steven Price
- News: Daily Mail loses Human Rights Act challenge to CFA success fees and insurance premiums
- Case Law: Lachaux v Independent Print, “Serious Harm” under the Defamation Act 2013 and the drawing of inferences – Hugh Tomlinson QC
- Media and Information Cases before the Appellate and European Courts in 2016
- Defamation Act 2013: A Summary and Overview – Iain Wilson and Max Campbell
- Leveson Costs Incentives, Cries of Foul from the Dirtiest Players on the Pitch – Jonathan Coad
- Case Law, Australia: Duffy v Google Inc, Google liable for search results, hyperlinks and autocompletes – Lorna Skinner
- News: EU agrees final text of General Data Protection Regulation
- Case Law: Gulati v MGN Ltd, A landmark decision on the quantum of privacy damages – Hugh Tomlinson QC and Sara Mansoori
Please let us know if there you think that are any other topics that we should be covering on Inforrm.
Finally, we repeat our invitation to anyone who is interested in a guest post (or repost) on any of the topics which we cover. Subject to the usual rules of lawfulness, decency and the avoidance of gratuitous personal attacks we accept contributions on media and legal topics from all points of view. Please let us have any suggestions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.