Case Law: Sube v News Group, Court sets very high bar for harassment by press publication – Thomas Otter

27 06 2020

In Sube & Anor v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Anor (Rev 1) [2020] EWHC 1125 (QB) the High Court emphatically rejected a claim for harassment against media organisations.  The case highlights the difficulties faced by claimants in harassment proceedings against media organisations, as it must be found that the conduct by the media organisation constituted a conscious or negligent abuse of media freedom. This will, unsurprisingly, be difficult to prove in most cases. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Sube v News Group Newspapers, Harassment claims against media publishers dismissed – Tim James-Matthews

27 05 2020

The case of Sube v News Group Newspapers is a rare claim for harassment brought against a media publisher – only the second such claim to have proceeded to trial in England and Wales. In a judgment handed down on 7 May 2020 ([2020] EWHC 1125 (QB)), Warby J dismissed the claims brought against News Group and Express Group. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Comment: BVG v LAR, Summary judgment in privacy and harassment case – Mathilde Groppo and Persephone Bridgman-Baker

28 04 2020

On 21 April 2020, Nicol J granted summary judgment in a matter involving the online publication of covert recordings of intimate footage featuring both parties to the proceedings (BVG v LAR [2020] EWHC 931 (QB)). Read the rest of this entry »





New year, new internet? Why it’s time to rethink anonymity on social media – David Babbs

31 01 2020

January 2020 sees two significant steps towards the UK improving regulation of social media companies. The government confirmed in the December Queen’s Speech that it would legislate to tackle “online harms”, and is now expected to provide some more details of how it will take this forward. Meanwhile, in the House of Lords, an Online Harm Reduction Bill was tabled on 14 January. Read the rest of this entry »





Analysis shows horrifying extent of abuse sent to women MPs via Twitter – Susan Watson

16 11 2019

The approach of a rare December election in the UK has many campaigners feeling chills. What misery awaits them on the dark, cold streets as they try to convince voters to support their party? My preliminary research reveals that the women who bid for political office over the next six weeks have more to worry about than sore feet and aggressive dogs. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Dulgheriu v The London Borough of Ealing, The line between legitimate protest and anti-social behaviour – Rosalind English

2 09 2019

Public order cases involving protests have always sparked controversy, with the collision between the state’s responsibility to ensure the smooth running of civil society and the individual citizen’s right to draw attention to what they regard as a pressing moral concern. Read the rest of this entry »





Practice Note: Media and Communications List becomes a Specialist List, new CPR 53, Practice Directions and Pre-Action Protocol

9 08 2019

In a major change to the media litigation landscape, wholly new version of CPR 53 and its Practice Directions have been published along with a new Pre-Action Protocol for all media and communication claims. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Hayes v Willoughby, Injunction granted in leading harassment action breached – Samuel Rowe

4 04 2019

On 8 March 2019, Her Honour Judge Melissa Clarke sentenced Michael Willoughby for several five breaches of a harassment injunction, which had originally been ordered in 2011 by the Court of Appeal ([2019] EW Misc 5 (CC)). Read the rest of this entry »





Online trolling used to be funny, but now the term refers to something far more sinister – Evita March

6 02 2019

File 20190131 108351 w5ujdy.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1 It seems like internet trolling happens everywhere online these days – and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. This week, the British press and Kensington Palace officials have called for an end to the merciless online trolling of Duchesses Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, which reportedly includes racist and sexist content, and even threats. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Suttle v Walker, Facebook “Keyboard warrior” order to pay £55,000 libel and harassment damages – Iain Wilson [Updated]

30 01 2019

Mr Justice Nicklin has ordered that Samantha Walker pay care home manager Kim Suttle £55,445.50 in libel and harassment damages after instigating a hate campaign against her based on false allegations that she had abused her dog. Read the rest of this entry »