Morgan v Associated Newspapers: libel claim settled with apology, substantial charity payment and Statement in Open Court, Four lessons learned for libel practitioners – Matt Himsworth

20 02 2019

Steve Morgan C.B.E. is an impressive individual. As a young man in the 1970s working for Wellington Civil Engineering, a business that was going to the wall, he borrowed £5,000 and took over one of Wellington’s contracts to put sewers in in Penley, near Wrexham. Fast forward to 2019 and he retires from his business Redrow PLC this year with the housebuilding firm valued at £2.2 billion. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Practice Update: Determination of Meaning before Defence – Kirsten Sjøvoll

14 02 2019

A series of recent decisions make it clear that, if meaning is an issue in dispute in a defamation action, there should ordinarily be a trial of meaning as a preliminary issue before the service of the defence. This is an important change in practice. Read the rest of this entry »





Canada: Internet Defamation, “Diaspora damages” or damage in a “tightly knit ethnic community” – David Potts

9 02 2019

Tightly knit ethnic communities and social media often combine to create a toxic brew of defamatory allegations. Special considerations apply to the assessment of damages in libel actions in Canada where the language in the publication was not English or French. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Burgon v News Group, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice successful in libel action against “Nazi symbols” allegation – Persephone Bridgman Baker

7 02 2019

The case of Richard Burgon MP v. News Group Newspapers Limited and Thomas Newton Dunn ([2019] EWHC 195 (QB)) was a libel claim relating to an online article published by The Sun, which made allegations that the MP for Leeds East and Shadow Justice Secretary had joined a band that delighted in Nazi symbols.  It was common ground at trial that the Defendants did not believe that Mr Burgon was a Nazi nor were there any grounds to believe as such. 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 Preview: Stocker v Stocker, a Supreme Court appeal considering meaning – Oliver Cox

24 01 2019

Today, 24 January 2019, five Supreme Court judges (Lord Reed, Lord Kerr, Lady Black, Lord Briggs and Lord Kitchin) will hear Stocker v Stocker UKSC 2018/0045, an appeal against the 12 February 2018 Court of Appeal decision of Lady Justice Sharp, with whom Lord Justice McFarlane and Sir John Laws concurred ([2018] EWCA Civ 170). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Carruthers v Associated Newspapers, Child Care Chief Fails in Bid to Sue Newspapers for Libel – Media Lawyer

18 01 2019

In the case of Carruthers v Associated Newspapers ([2019] EWHC 33 (QB)) , the claimant a child welfare chief who worked for the council involved in two major scandals over ill-treatment of children failed in a bid to sue two newspaper publishers for defamation. Read the rest of this entry »