The 2017-2018 legal year in England and Wales ended last week. The Inforrm blog is now taking a summer break until the end of September. 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 usual.
We have now had nearly 4.5 million page views since since February 2010. There have been over 4,400 posts from dozens of different contributors.
Over the past eight 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
- Sir Cliff Richard OBE v BBC  EWHC 1837 (Ch) this has perhaps been the most high profile and discussed case of the year and has been the subject of a wide range of Inforrm posts including by Robin Callender-Smith, Jonathan Coad, Paul Wragg, Brian Cathcart, Jelena Gligorijević and Thomas Bennett (Parts 1 and 2).
- TLU v Home Office  EWCA Civ 2217, we had a case comment by Lorna Skinner.
- NT1 and NT2 v Google LLC  EWHC 703 (QB) – we had a case preview by Aidan Wills and a comment by Iain Wilson.
- Ali v Channel 5 Broadcast  EWHC 298 (Ch) – we had a case comment by Zoe McCallum.
- Stocker v Stocker  EWCA Civ 170 – the Supreme Court have granted permission to appeal.
- Various Claimants v W M Morrisons Supermarkets plc  EWHC 3113 (QB)
- Lachaux v Independent Print  EWCA Civ 1334 this was the subject of a range of posts on Inforrm including Iain Wilson and Tom Double and Nicola Cain. The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal and the appeal will be heard in the Autumn.
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 Law, India: Puttaswamy v Union of India, Supreme Court recognises a constitutional right to privacy in a landmark judgment – Hugh Tomlinson QC
- Top 10 Defamation Cases of 2017, a selection – Suneet Sharma
- Media and Law: Review of Defamation, Privacy and other Media Cases in 2016
- Case Law: LJY v Persons Unknown: Celebrity blackmail victim obtains injunction restraining publication of allegation of serious criminality – Max Campbell
- Is there is any difference between the public interest and the interest of the public? – Brian Cathcart
- Data Protection: Overview of the Case Law in 2017
- Case Preview: Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Privacy trial arising out of reporting of “police raid” to begin 12 April 2018
- Media and Law: Overview of Defamation, Privacy and other Media Cases in 2017
- Case Law, Australia: Google Inc v Duffy, Appeal court finds Google liable for publication of defamatory content of snippets and hyperlinked articles – Hugh Tomlinson QC
- The Guardian’s Leveson Betrayal, Line by Line – Brian Cathcart
Please let us know if there you think that are any other topics that we should be covering on Inforrm.