Inforrm End of Winter Break and Hilary Term Preview [Update]

11 01 2018

The Inforrm winter break ends today, which is the first day of the Hilary Legal Term.  This term will end on Wednesday 28 March 2018.  The highlights include a 4 week phone hacking trial and two “right to be forgotten” trials involving Google. Read the rest of this entry »





Data Protection: Overview of the Case Law in 2017

10 01 2018

It was perhaps in 2017 that media and information lawyers became fully aware of the potential benefits of data protection claims.  The  Court of Appeal approved what has now become the standard practice of pleading data protection and defamation claims in tandem. Read the rest of this entry »





2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies begin to confront misinformation – Damian Tambini

9 01 2018

2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies are forced to confront misinformation, predicts Damian Tambini. Emmanuel Macron has already proposed a crackdown on fake news during election campaigns. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 8 January 2018

8 01 2018

A Happy New Year to all Inforrm readers. The Hilary Legal Term will commence on Thursday 11 January 2018 and will end on Wednesday 28 March 2018.   We will have a preview of the term later in the week. Read the rest of this entry »





Net neutrality may be dead in the US, but Europe is still strongly committed to open internet access – Saleem Bhatti

6 01 2018
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The belief that unrestricted internet access is vital to modern life is not necessarily a view held by all businesses that provide internet services. And now that net neutrality – the equal treatment of all data sent and received without differential charges and service quality – has come to an end in the US, how will this affect the rest of the world? Read the rest of this entry »





The open justice principle: a child’s crimes and a parent’s misdemeanour – David Burrows

5 01 2018

What legal principles connect publicity for the 17 year-old Charlie Pearce (born 3 July 2000), a double rapist and attempt murderer (R v Pearce (Press Restrictions) Haddon-Cave J (7 December 2017)) and privacy for a stalking mother who, with her cohabitant (‘Mr JM’) tried to disrupt her 10 year-old daughter T’s foster placement (Re T (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1889 (23 November 2017)). Read the rest of this entry »





Press Regulation: We are only one signature away from a revolution in access to justice – Brian Cathcart

4 01 2018

It is a longstanding national scandal that, although in principle the law protects us against libel and breach of privacy by news publishers, with rare exceptions those laws work only for the rich. The vast majority of people in Britain simply can’t afford to go to court to uphold their right not to be lied about and and their right to have a private life. Read the rest of this entry »





Internet legal developments to look out for in 2018 – Graham Smith

2 01 2018

A preview of some of the UK internet legal developments that we can expect in 2018. Any future EU legislation will be subject to Brexit considerations and may or may not apply in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »