The short Inforrm Easter Break ends today and our first Law and Media Round Up of the new term will be published tomorrow. Although we have have not had Round Ups for the last fortnight we have been able to continue regular postings.
A General Election was called during our Easter Break. It is is not clear whether the Conservative Party will, again, commit itself to repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 – as it did in 2010 (when libel reform featured in three main parties’ manifestos) and 2015 (see Chris Pounder’s post on the party manifestos). There may be some manifesto commitments on Leveson related issues. It seems unlikely that that any other media and law issues will feature but we will keep readers posted.
The Easter Legal Term began on Tuesday 25 April and ends on 26 May 2017. The term looks like being a quiet one. We are aware of only two trials:
- Guise v Shah, a claim in libel, harassment and data protection, listed for 5 days before Dingemans J, beginning on 2 May 2017.
- Sooban v Badal, listed for 3 days, beginning on 3 May 2017.
In the Court of Appeal
- Lokhova v Tymula, an application for permission to appeal is listed for 16 May 2017.
The most popular posts during April 2017 were dominated by discussions of the Supreme Court’s decision in Flood v Times. They were, in descending order:
- News: Supreme Court dismisses newspapers’ Article 10 CFA appeals
- Case Law: Stunt v Associated Newspapers, Mail heads off attempt by businessman to prevent use of personal data in important decision on the Data Protection Act – Keith Mathieson
- News: Katie Hopkins lodges application for permission to appeal in Twitter libel case
- Brexit and the Tragic Downfall of British Media – Steven Barnett
- The Supreme Court decision in Flood, Miller and Frost: a claimant lawyer’s perspective – Nigel Tait
- CFAs and ATE premiums out of the running in freedom of expression cases – Nicola Cain
- The Supreme Court decision in Flood, Miller and Frost: a defence lawyer’s perspective – Keith Mathieson
- Media bias against Jeremy Corbyn shows how politicised reporting has become – Tom Mills
- News: Judge orders Metropolitan Police to provide information to BBC in Cliff Richard privacy case
- The Supreme Court decision in Flood, Miller and Frost: a response to Keith Mathieson from a lawyer who acts for both claimants and defendants – Jonathan Coad