What ‘Coleen Rooney vs Rebekah Vardy’ tells us about contemporary gender politics – Jilly Boyce Kay and Melanie Kennedy

13 10 2019

The furore over the apparent betrayal of Coleen Rooney by her friend Rebekah Vardy – who is accused of leaking private information about the Rooney family to The Sun newspaper – has generated reams of British media coverage, conversation and commentary in just a few days. Read the rest of this entry »





Why we need a national commitment to open justice data – Judith Townend

13 10 2019

Justice ‘data’ – that is the information that arises from the process and administration of justice – is perhaps one of the most fundamentally important administrative data categories in public life. Read the rest of this entry »





The fightback against Facebook is getting stronger – Leighton Andrews

12 10 2019

Facebook leader Mark Zuckerberg recently took the unusual step of visiting lawmakers in Washington, including President Donald Trump in the White House. The reason? Congress’s anti-trust sub-committee has started demanding documents from Facebook and other big tech firms. It’s part of the committee’s investigation into whether dominant tech firms are acting anti-competitively. And Zuckerberg’s trip suggests the company is worried. Read the rest of this entry »






Meghan Markle, Ben Stokes, Gareth Thomas: three reasons why UK press needs help to understand ‘public interest’ – Alexandros Antoniou

10 10 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced their intention to launch legal action against the Mail on Sunday for publishing a private handwritten letter the Duchess had sent to her estranged father. Prince Harry said in a statement: “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.” Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Lloyd v Google LLC, Landmark judgment in representative data protection action – Aidan Wills

9 10 2019

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in Lloyd v Google LLC [2019] EWCA Civ 1599, a decision with significant implications for data protection law and practice. Brought on behalf of an estimated 4.4 million iPhone users, this representative claim concerns Google’s gathering and exploitation of browser generated information (“BGI”) on Apple’s Safari browser. Read the rest of this entry »





Media and Law Cases: 2019 Michaelmas Term Preview

8 10 2019

The Michaelmas Legal Term in England and Wales began a week ago, on Tuesday 1 October 2019.  It will end on Friday 20 December 2019. This post deals with the media law cases listed for this term and cases in which decisions are awaited. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 7 October 2019

7 10 2019

This has been a busy week for media law news with Duke and Duchess of Sussex bringing claims against the three largest newspaper groups. On Tuesday it was announced that the Duchess, Meghan Merkle, has has brought an action for misuse of private information, breach of copyright and data protection against the Mail on Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »





Meghan Markle letter: what the law says about the press, privacy and the public’s right to know – Hayleigh Bosher

6 10 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced plans to sue the publisher of the Mail on Sunday Associated Newspapers, after they published a private letter from Meghan to her father earlier this year. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: AAA v Rakoff, Lap dancers denied anonymity in privacy claim – Brett Wilson

6 10 2019

In AAA -v- Rakoff [2019] EWHC 2525 (QB) Mr Justice Nicklin set out the importance of claimants (and their lawyers) setting out a clear and consistent basis for seeking anonymity in civil proceedings. Read the rest of this entry »