The legal year in England and Wales ended on 31 July 2019. The High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court are now on vacation until Michaelmas Term begins on 1 October 2019. Our Table of Media Law cases records 57 judgments in media law cases this legal year.
On our analysis, there were four judgments after full trials in libel cases. The claimant was successful in all four cases
- Doyle v Smith  EWHC 2935 (QB) – damages of £37,500
- Monir v Wood  EWHC 3525 (QB) – damages of £40,000
- Burgon v News Group Newspapers  EWHC 195 (QB) – damages of £30,000
- Fentiman v Marsh  EWHC 2099 (QB)) – damages of £55,000.
Only one of these (Burgon) was against the mainstream media
There was also one assessment of damages after default judgment in a libel case, Suttle v Walker  EWHC 396 (QB) – damages of £40,000.
There were 11 judgments after the trials of preliminary issues in libel cases
- Spicer v Commissioner of Police of Metropolis  EWHC 1439 (QB)
- Travel Insurance Facilities v Times  EWHC 1337 (QB)
- Allen v Times Newspapers  EWHC 1235 (QB)
- Feyziyev v The Journalism Development Network Association  EWHC 957 (QB)
- Rochester v Ingham House Ltd  EWHC 847 (QB)
- Hewson v Times Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 650 (QB)
- Poroshenko v BBC  EWHC 213 (QB)
- Koutsogiannis v The Random House Group Ltd  EWHC 48 (QB)
- Poulter v Times Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 3900 (QB)
- Tinkler v Ferguson  EWHC 3563 (QB)
- Price v MGN Ltd  EWHC 3014 (QB)
The Court of Appeal gave judgments in four libel cases.
- Economou v De Freitas  EWCA Civ 2591
- Kennedy v National Trust for Scotland  EWCA Civ 648.
- Butt v Secretary of State for Home Department  EWCA Civ 933
- Serafin v Malkiewicz & Ors( EWCA Civ 852)
The defendant was successful in the first three cases and the claimant in the fourth (which is now subject to an appeal to the Supreme Court).
There were trials in two privacy cases. In both cases the claimant was successful.
- Bull v Desporte  EWHC 1650 (QB) – general and aggravated damages of £12,500.
- ZXC v Bloomberg LP  EWHC 970 (QB) – damages of £25,000.
The Court of Appeal heard two privacy appeals. In the first the claimant succeeded, in the second the defendant:
There was one full data protection trial, Rudd v Bridle  EWHC 893 (QB). There was also a judgment on a service out application in the case of Lloyd v Google  EWHC 2599 (QB) – an appeal in this case was heard this years and judgment is awaited.
In terms of judges, the position of Warby J as the leading High Court media law specialist was confirmed, hearing a total of 18 cases followed by Nicklin J giving judgment in 12 cases. Julian Knowles J gave judgments in three cases and Nicol J and Dingemans J gave judgments in two cases each.
Nataly Tedone is an LPC student with a particular interest in media law