The Hilary Legal Term ended  last Wednesday, 17 April 2019, and the short Easter Term will not begin until Tuesday 30 April 2018. The High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court are on “vacation” over this period and Inforrm is taking a short Easter break.

Our regular weekly “Round Ups” will not be published for the next fortnight.  We will however, continue to have some posts – catching up with some “Case Comments” and with news items. As usual, we invite posts from readers on national and international “Media and Law” topics. Contact us via the Inforrm email: And please let us know by email if there are topics which you think we should be covering.

There were three judgments after full trials handed down this term.

First, in the libel case of Burgon v NGN [2019] EWHC 195 (QB). The claimant was successful and was awarded damages of £30,000 by Dingemans J.

Second, in the misuse of private information case of ZXC v Bloomberg LP [2019] EWHC 970 (QB) the claimant was also successful before Nicklin J and obtained an injunction and an award of damages of £25,000.

Third, in the data protection case of Rudd v Bridle [2019] EWHC 893 (QB), the claim succeeded in a claim relating to subject access requests before Warby J.

This term there was one Supreme Court media law judgment, in Stocker v Stocker ([2019] UKSC 17) – in which the appeal was allowed and the finding was in favour of the defendant.  The decision in Lachaux v Independent Media is still awaited.

There were three Court of Appeal judgments, Kennedy v National Trust for Scotland ([2019] EWCA Civ 648), Ali v Channel 5 ([2019] EWCA Civ 677) and Various Claimants v MGN [2019] EWCA Civ 250). In all three cases, the appeals were dismissed.

A full list of the judgments given this term can be found in our Table of Media Law Cases.

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