Law and Media Round Up – 19 November 2018

19 11 2018

On 13 and 14 November 2018 Supreme Court heard the appeal in the crucial “serious harm” case of Lachaux v Independent Print Limited. The three sessions can be watched on the Supreme Court website. The Press Gazette has a short report on the arguments advanced by the parties in the case.  Judgment was reserved. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 12 November 2018 [Updated]

12 11 2018

On 13 and 14 November 2019 the Supreme Court (Lords Kerr, Wilson, Sumption, Hodge and Briggs) will hear the appeal in the most important defamation case if the year – Lachaux v Independent Print.  The Court will consider the meaning of “serious harm” under section 1(1) of the Defamation Act 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





Blasphemy law is repealed in Ireland, enforced in Pakistan, and a problem in many Christian and Muslim countries

11 11 2018

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The citizens of Ireland voted recently, in a nationwide referendum, to remove a clause from their constitution that had made blasphemy a criminal offence. Ireland’s now-defunct Defamation Act of 2009 prohibited the “publication or utterance of blasphemous matter.” Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 5 November 2018

5 11 2018

On 29 October 2018 Lord Speaker Lord Fowler issued a statement on parliamentary privilege. The statement comes in the aftermath of Lord Hain’s naming of Sir Philip Green despite an interim injunction being in place, relying upon parliamentary privilege. Read the rest of this entry »





The Peter Hain Case: Parliamentary Privilege and Article IX of the Bill of Rights – Robert Craig

2 11 2018

Peter Hain’s decision to breach an interim injunction granted by the Court of Appeal in the case of ABC v Telegraph Media Group has caused serious concern. It is one of the cardinal rules in Parliament that members should not interfere in ongoing legal proceedings and Hain did not wait until the end of the proceedings before breaching this injunction, even though the case had been scheduled for an early full hearing. He does not appear even to have read the court judgment he saw fit to overrule, effectively. Read the rest of this entry »





Guidance issued to court staff on supporting media access – Paul Magrath

1 11 2018

Last week the Ministry of Justice issued Guidance to staff on supporting media access to courts and tribunals as “part of a wider effort to build stronger working relationships between courts and the press and maintain the principle of open justice as we increasingly digitise court services.” Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: ABC v Telegraph Media Group: NDAs and Interim Injunctions, is there ever a public interest in breach of confidence? – Persephone Bridgman Baker

30 10 2018

The case of ABC v. Telegraph [2018] EWCA Civ 2329 raises a number of current and important legal issues about interim injunctions, confidential information and the legitimacy of the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). That was before the disclosure made in Parliament late last week, and the case now raises equally current and important legal issues of parliamentary privilege, circumstances of confidence and the rule of law. Read the rest of this entry »