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Month: June 2021 (Page 1 of 3)

Case Law: Webb v Jones, Facebook libel claimants beware! – Hugh Tomlinson QC

In the case of Webb v Jones  [2021] EWHC 1618 (QB) Griffiths J struck out a claim for libel based on seven Facebook posts due a of serious deficiencies in the particulars of claim.  He refused permission to amend on the basis that the case was “unwinnable”. The case provides important lessons for those dealing with libel claims based on social media posts. Continue reading

The bitter taste of victory: After years of campaigning for press freedom, is the Times now regretting its success? – Simon Carne

Reading the Times newspaper on Tuesday.  I was somewhat gobsmacked to see Sean O’Neill, the paper’s chief reporter, complaining that “The UK has no constitutional protection for a free press and no real cap on costs for libel actions.” These two facts formed the centrepiece of his argument that abuse of British courts is killing free speech. Continue reading

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