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 »





Case Law: Foskett v Ezeugo, Serial Abuser of Judges Committed to Prison for Contempt – Max Campbell

24 01 2019

In Foskett, Peters and Waschckuhn v Ezeugo [2018] EWHC 3694 (QB), three Judges applied for the committal to prison of a man who had repeatedly breached a harassment injunction made in their favour. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »