Case Law: AXB v BXA: False claims of pregnancy and threats to misuse private information in an extra-marital affair constituted harassment – Chloe Flascher

29 03 2018

Sir David Eady handed down his last trial judgment last week, AXB x BXA [2018] EWHC 588 (QB) , The case concerned an extra-marital relationship between a man of considerable wealth and his “mistress” which took place between July 2014 and August 2016.  The Judge referred to the case as an “unhappy and intensely personal saga”. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: GYH v Persons Unknown, Interim injunction to restrain campaign of vilification – Suneet Sharma

17 01 2018

In the case of GYH v Persons Unknown ([2017] EWHC 3360 (QB)) Warby J granted an interim non-disclosure order to  a sex worker.  The case engages a wide range of significant legal issues including venue jurisdiction, claims against Persons Unknown, the right to privacy despite prior disclosures and the assessment of concurrent actions in defamation and harassment. Read the rest of this entry »





Sexism, social media and democracy – María Rún Bjarnadóttir

28 12 2017

It is long established that people standing for office and participating in politics have to anticipate a higher level of public scrutiny than the general population. A recent review from the Independent Committee for Standards on Public Life indicates that during lthe ast General Election in the UK, political candidates had to endure threats and intimidation far beyond the scope of “scrutiny”. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: LJY v Persons Unknown: Celebrity blackmail victim obtains injunction restraining publication of allegation of serious criminality – Max Campbell

19 12 2017

In LJY v Persons Unknown [2017] EWHC 3230 (QB), Mr Justice Warby granted an interim injunction restraining unknown defendants from publishing serious allegations of criminality against a celebrity, anonymised in the proceedings as ‘LJY’. Read the rest of this entry »





Book Review: Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide (eds Hugh Tomlinson QC & Guy Vassall- Adams) – Christina Michalos

15 11 2017

Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide pretty much does what it says on the tin cover. It is a new book written collectively by media law practitioners at Matrix Chambers dealing with, surprisingly enough, claims arising out of internet publication. Read the rest of this entry »





Online Publication Claims: Harassment by online publication – Aidan Wills

8 11 2017

Material is often published online to promote causes, further campaigns, air grievances and raise concerns about the conduct of others. When this is done responsibly it performs an invaluable public function. The availability of free-to-use platforms to express views and to engage in public debate is among the most important benefits of the internet in general and social media in particular. Read the rest of this entry »





Online Publication Claims: an Introduction – Guy Vassall-Adams QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC

20 10 2017

The Internet has brought about a global communications revolution. An individual who wishes to communicate with others no longer needs a printing press or a broadcasting operation. Instead information can be communicated worldwide with a few keystrokes. Words, sounds, pictures or videos can, potentially, be communicated to the nearly 48% of the world’s population – 3.2 billion people – who are now estimated to use the internet (see ITU figures). Read the rest of this entry »