This is the last day of the 2016-2017 legal year in England and Wales. The Inforrm blog is taking a summer break until the beginning of October. 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.
The last week of term was a quiet one. There was no sign of the long anticipated judgment in Lachaux v Independent Print (although the judgment in Mionis v. Democratic Press S.A is due to be handed down later today).
We have now had nearly 4 million page views since since February 2010. There have been over 4,000 posts from dozens of different contributors.
Over the past seven 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
- Begg v BBC  EWHC 2688 (QB) – see our case comment by Aidan Wills.
- ERY v News Group Newspapers  EWHC 2760 (QB) – see our case comment by Max Campbell.
- CG v Facebook Ireland  NICA 54 – see our case comment from Lorna Woods.
- Monroe v Hopkins  EWHC 433 (QB) – see our case comment from Nathan Capone.
- Flood v Times Newspapers  UKSC 33– see our case comment from Aidan Wills.
- Khuja (formerly PNM) v Times Newspapers  UKSC 49 – see our comments from Paul Wragg and Robert Craig.
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 were as follows:
- Case Preview: Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins, Twitter libel trial about meaning and serious harm
- How to avoid defamation – Steven Price
- Defamation Act 2013: A Summary and Overview – Iain Wilson and Max Campbell
- Case Report: Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins, Libel Trial, Day 3: Claimants closing submissions, judgment reserved
- Is there is any difference between the public interest and the interest of the public – Brian Cathcart
- Defamation Act 2013: The public interest defence and digital communications – Jacob Rowbottom
- Case Law: Gulati v MGN Ltd, A landmark decision on the quantum of privacy damages – Hugh Tomlinson QC and Sara Mansoori
- Seamus Milne and the ‘Mystery Blonde’: Five years after Leveson the press still ignores privacy – Hugh Tomlinson QC
- How Dacre and the Mail are making the case for section 40 – Brian Cathcart
- Case Law: Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing, Subject access requests: Court of Appeal bolsters right to disclosure of data – Ashley Hurst and Peter Barratt
Please let us know if there you think that are any other topics that we should be covering on Inforrm.