Law and Media Round Up – 3 December 2018

3 12 2018

On 29 November 2018 the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, David Gauke, issued a statement, “Controlling the costs of defamation cases”. The Government also belatedly published its response to the 2013 consultation “Costs protection in defamation and privacy claims: the Government’s proposals”. Read the rest of this entry »






Recoverability of CFA success fees in defamation and privacy claims to be abolished (but ATE to remain for now) – Iain Wilson

30 11 2018

The government has announced that from 6 April 2019 conditional fee agreement (‘CFA’) success fees will no longer be recoverable from opponents in defamation and privacy claims.  The Ministerial Statement made by David Gauke the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »





Press Reporting: Did a council ‘act perversely’ to offer a jailed rapist a chance to see his victim’s child? – FC ReportingWatch

29 11 2018

This week has seen another Andrew Norfolk front page article in The Times about the wrongs committed in the Family Court and by social services. Sadly, just like last time, this is a sensationalised headline and article which ignores some important facts and legal context. Read the rest of this entry »





A brief introduction to the concept of privacy under English law, Part I – Suneet Sharma

28 11 2018

Many doctrines under English law form due to common law, also known as judge-made or case law, where a series of legal cases create and form doctrines or principles which underpin legal rights. Privacy emerged as a notion in common law in the 18th century, developing through cases, until in the 20th century it became part of the European Convention on Human Rights, which was integrated into English law by the Human Rights Act 1998. In Part I we explore the early common law cases which introduced the concept of privacy to English law. Read the rest of this entry »





Canada: Funding journalism means defining who’s a journalist, not a bad thing – Ivor Shapiro

27 11 2018

File 20181123 149338 u0lkv5.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The federal government’s recent announcement of financial support for news organizations has been met with understandably wide-ranging reactions — from relief to skepticism, and worse. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 26 November 2018

26 11 2018

The LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission has released its report “Tackling the Information Crisis [pdf]”.  The Report focuses on how to curtail misinformation and “fake news” whilst promoting reputable journalistic outlets. Read the rest of this entry »