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Inforrm: Beginning of Easter Break

The Hilary legal term ended on Wednesday 12  April 2017 and the Easter Term does not begin until Tuesday 25 April 2017.  The High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court are on “vacation” over this period and Inforrm is taking a short Easter break.  We will not be having weekly round ups for the next few weeks.

We will however, continue to have the occasional post – catching up with some “Case Comments” and with news items. As usual, we invite posts from readers on “Media and Law” topics. Contact us via the Inforrm email: And please let us know by email if there are topics which you think we should be covering.

The Hilary Term has been quite a busy one for English media lawyers.

There have been a two libel trials, Monroe v Hopkins [2017] EWHC 433 (QB) and Hourani v Thomson [2017] EWHC 432 (QB) (decisions handed down by Warby J on the same day). There have been two “offer of amends” cases, Barron v Collins [2017] EWHC 162 (QB) and Lisle-Mainwaring v Associated Newspapers [2017] EWHC (QB).

There have been a number of privacy and confidentiality injunction applications (ZXC v Bloomberg [2017] EWHC 328 (QB) and Brevan Howard v Reuters [2017] EWHC 644 (QB)), with at least one public judgment awaited.

The rising importance of of data protection law has been illustrated by a number of cases, notably HH Prince Hicham Ben Abullah Al Alaoui v Elaph Publishing [2017] EWCA Civ 29)(on the overlap between libel and data protection) and Stunt v Associated Newspapers [2017] EWHC 695 (QB).

Then, of course, there was the decision of the Supreme Court in Flood v Times Newspapers [2017] UKSC 33 – in which media law CFAs survived an Article 10 challenge.  This is a very important decision on which we have already had five posts (and there will be more …).

The top ten posts of the term were as follows (in descending order)

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  1. daveyone1

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