Libel: Tinkler, Koutsogiannis and Sheikh, distinguishing natural and ordinary meaning from the reactions of a Book Club – Erica Henshilwood

12 11 2019

Since the removal of the presumption that actions will be tried by juries, the preliminary determination of ‘meaning’ has become commonplace in libel cases.  This involves the (artificial) exercise of determining the ‘single meaning’ of the words complained about. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 11 November 2019

11 11 2019

The leading phone hacking campaigner and Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson MP has announced that he is standing down as an MP. Meanwhile Byline Investigates reports that twelve editors at The Sun have been accused at the High Court of phone hacking and commissioning illegal private investigators. The list of names features members of The Sun’s leadership team stretching back more than 20 years. Read the rest of this entry »





When Harry met his ancestors, on the way to the law courts: Volume II – Amber Melville-Brown

8 11 2019

When Harry Met his Ancestors – Volume I finished tantalizingly as we saw Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, following in the legal footsteps of her father-in-law, her sister-in-law, Queen Victoria ancestor to hubby Harry, and an anonymized non-royal, on her way to potential legal success in her privacy claim. Read the rest of this entry »





When Harry met his ancestors, on the way to the law courts: Volume I – Amber Melville-Brown

7 11 2019

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, is suing the newspapers. And so is her husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. As a couple, they are united it seems in a distaste for the British tabloid media, elements of which they accuse of carrying on a vindictive and bullying campaign against them. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 4 November 2019

4 11 2019

The phone hacking saga continues, more than 13 years since the arrest of Clive Goodman and 10 years after the first legal actions. This week saw three more settlements of News Group claims and a CMC in the Fourth Wave of claims. Read the rest of this entry »





Court Reporting: President of Family Division issues new guidance on reporting the Family Courts

31 10 2019

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued new Guidance as to “Reporting in the Family Courts” [pdf].  The guidance has been issued to assist the court, the parties and the media in circumstances where a reporter attending court may wish to apply to vary reporting restrictions. Read the rest of this entry »





Compound liability following data breaches: Equifax two years on – Suneet Sharma

29 10 2019

In September 2017 Equifax suffered a data breach exposing the personal data of over 147 million people. Hackers utilised a website application vulnerability to access the personal data of customers. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 28 October 2019

28 10 2019

The phone hacking saga continues with Byline Investigates reporting that Sienna Miller and Sir Simon Hughes have launched claims against the Sun.  The family of the late Sir Bobby Robson have also issued similar claims. Read the rest of this entry »





Freedom of thought is under attack: here’s how to save your mind – Simon McCarthy-Jones

22 10 2019

Freedom of thought stands at a critical crossroads. Technological and psychological advances could be used to promote free thought. They could shield our inner worlds, reduce our mental biases, and create new spaces for thought. Yet states and corporations are forging these advances into weapons that restrict what we think. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 21 October 2019

21 10 2019

In a news week dominated, as usual, by Brexit the newspapers continued with their predictable and entrenched editorial positions.  The vote in Parliament on Saturday was, on the front page of the Mail on Sunday “House of Fools”, in contrast, the Sunday Mirror had the Prime Minister “Humiliated”.  The Guardian had a piece with the front pages and headlines from the various Sunday newspapers. ITV news also had coverage. Read the rest of this entry »