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 »





Phone hacking, News Group: CMC, three more settlements, forty nine cases continuing

2 11 2019

A Case Management Conference in the Fourth Wave of the Mobile Telephone Voicemail Interception Litigation (“MTVIL”) took place before Mr Justice Mann on 31 October and 1 November 2019.  Read the rest of this entry »





Prince Harry brings phone hacking claims against the Mirror and the Sun

4 10 2019

The website, Byline Investigates, has revealed that Prince Harry is suing the Sun and the Daily Mirror for phone hacking.  The claims were issued in the Chancery Division on 27 September 2019. Read the rest of this entry »






Mirror Group Phone Hacking: IPSOmertà, Inaction and a Culture of Impunity – Julian Petley

21 12 2018

During the course of a three-week trial in March 2015, it was revealed how MGN papers, and especially the Sunday Mirror, had hacked the phones of eight well-known people, wreaking havoc in their personal lives by causing them to believe that stories about them appearing in the papers had been fed to them by their nearest and dearest. The victims included Shane Ritchie, Paul Gascoigne, Alan Yentob and Sadie Frost. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Hugh Grant Phone Hacking case, Mirror Group admits it failed to investigate “repeat and prolonged” intrusions

5 02 2018

The actor, Hugh Grant, has accepted substantial damages from Mirror Group newspapers after it admitted the unlawful interception of his voicemail messages and the obtaining of private information about him. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Preview: Various Claimants v News Group Newspapers, Trial of phone hacking cases to begin on 18 January 2018

14 01 2018

On 18 January 2018, nearly seven years after the managed litigation began, Mann J will begin hearing the trial of  generic issues and four lead cases in the third wave of the Mobile Telephone Voicemail Interception. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Mirror Phone Hacking, Damages for Steve Coogan, Sienna Miller and Jamie Theakston

5 10 2017

The Mirror Newspapers phone hacking litigation continues.  A number of high profile settlements were announced this week with Statements in Open Court in a number of cases including those brought by Steve Coogan, Sienna Miller and Jamie Theakston. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking, Don’t let them fool you, most victims were not famous – Brian Cathcart

27 04 2017

It has become routine: another batch of phone hacking victims win compensation from a newspaper and the story is reported (where it is reported at all) as if only celebrities were involved.  Read the rest of this entry »





CFAs and ATE premiums out of the running in freedom of expression cases – Nicola Cain

11 04 2017

In the case of Times Newspapers Ltd v Flood; Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd; and, Frost and others v MGN Ltd ([2017] UKSC 33), the defendant media organisations each brought an appeal to the Supreme Court in relation to the obligation that they pay additional liabilities in cases engaging their right to freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »