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Month: February 2022 (Page 2 of 3)

Defamed in the workplace: a guide to recent caselaw – Percy Preston

Three cases heard in the past year in the High Court  – George v Cannell  [2021] EWHC 2988 (QB)Parris v Ajayi [2021] EWHC 285 (QB) and Kostakopolou v University of Warwick and others [2021] EWHC 3454 (QB) – have raised some of the difficulties confronting claimants who wish to bring a defamation claim in relation to publications made to or by an employer.  In this blog post, we look at some of the issues that may arise in claims that have their origins in the workplace. Continue reading

News: ZXC v Bloomberg, Landmark ruling as Supreme Court finds that suspects in criminal cases have a reasonable expectation of privacy

In an important decision that will have profound implications for media reporting as well as for individuals subject to criminal investigation, the Supreme Court has today held that, as a legitimate starting point, a person under criminal investigation has a reasonable expectation of privacy in respect of information relating to that investigation (ZXC v Bloomberg [2022] UKSC 5). Continue reading

Which Judges can relax reporting restrictions? – Lucy Reed

It’s not that often that a journalist or legal blogger attends a family court hearing but, when they do, they will often ask for permission to report what has taken place, anonymously. Because lawyers and judges are often unfamiliar with dealing with this sort of request, there can be confusion about the correct approach, and sometimes even about whether an ‘ordinary’ Family Court judge is allowed to deal with such a request. Continue reading

Online Safety Bill: The ‘new’ offences added to the bill are not really new, and could continue to fail victims of online abuse – Laura Higson-Bliss

The UK government has recently revealed more detail about its ambitious plans to become the “safest place in the world to go online” by way of the online safety bill. The draft bill is currently being reviewed by the government following a report by the joint committee, with the bill expected to go before parliament in the coming months. Continue reading

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