Law and Media Round Up – 23 July 2018

23 07 2018

Mr Justice Mann’s judgment in Sir Cliff Richard’s claim against the BBC ([2018] EWHC  1837 (Ch)) was the biggest media law story of the week (and, indeed, of the year so far). Read the rest of this entry »





Why Sir Cliff Richard’s case was wrongly decided – Paul Wragg

22 07 2018

There are three reasons why I think the case of Sir Cliff Richard v BBC is wrongly decided.  Firstly, it seems to me that whilst a wrong has been done to Sir Cliff, this was committed by the police when it, or someone within it, disclosed information to the BBC that Sir Cliff was being investigated as part of Operation Yewtree (it must be stressed that the CPS announced on 16 June 2016 that no charges would be made against Sir Cliff and that, as was said in court, ‘he is an innocent man in the eyes of the law’). Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy Cliff’s courageous battle with the BBC brings the right outcome – Jonathan Coad

21 07 2018

The trial judge (Mr Justice Mann) in Cliff Richard’s successful privacy claim against the BBC ([2018] EWHC 1837 (Ch)) has not seen the best side of the British media. In 2015 he presided over the phone hacking trial brought by victims against the Mirror newspaper group, Gulati v MGN.  Read the rest of this entry »





‘Who Is America?’: Sacha Baron Cohen’s new series and the law suits that may follow… – Oscar Davies

21 07 2018

On Monday 15 July 2018 a preview of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new series ‘Who Is America’ was published on Showtime’s Youtube Channel. The 10 minute clip features a number of high-profile American gun supporters who agree to support a programme called ‘Kinder Guardians’ for 4 to 12 year old children. Read the rest of this entry »





Cliff Richard judgment a new shift in legal balance between free speech and privacy – Robin Callender-Smith

20 07 2018

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The question at the heart of Mr Justice Mann’s High Court judgment in the Sir Cliff Richard v BBC case had been a longstanding legal conundrum: how far do a celebrity’s privacy rights – or indeed anyone’s – extend in respect of the pre-charge stage of a police investigation? Read the rest of this entry »





If digital intermediaries are to be regulated, how should it be done? – Jacob Rowbottom

19 07 2018

The regulation of digital intermediaries has been an increasingly high-profile issue. Earlier this month, The Times called for the creation of a statutory regulator – which they would call Ofnet – ‘to protect internet users from harmful content and the monopolistic behaviour of the biggest online names’. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Sir Cliff Richard wins privacy claim against BBC, general damages of £210,000

18 07 2018

Mr Justice Mann today handed down judgment in the case of Sir Cliff Richard OBE v BBC [2018] EWHC 1837 (Ch)).  The Judge held that the BBC’s reporting infringed Sir Cliff’s privacy rights. General and aggravated damages of £210,000 were awarded. A further hearing will be held to assess special damages. Read the rest of this entry »