References to individuals’ criminal histories are commonplace in news reporting, works of non-fiction and on social media. Unwittingly or otherwise, this may include details of spent convictions and the conduct which gave rise to them. Continue reading
The Supreme Court is currently hearing three joined appeals brought by media organisations challenging the Convention compatibility of the recoverability of conditional fee agreement (CFA) success fees/uplift and after the event (ATE) insurance premiums (“additional liabilities”) in libel and privacy claims. Continue reading
The liability of intermediaries, such as social media companies, and the scope of the defences under the 2002 Regulations/e-Commerce Directive is a matter of considerable significance as many thousands of content-related complaints are made on a daily basis.
The BBC has successfully defended a libel claim brought by the Chief Imam of Lewisham Islamic Centre in relation to comments made by Andrew Neill during a live interview in November 2013. In Shakeel Begg v BBC ( EWHC 2688 (QB)), Haddon-Cave J held that allegations that the claimant is an extremist speaker who has promoted jihad are substantially true. Continue reading
On 19 May 2016, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd UKSC 26. This much-discussed privacy action brought by a celebrity has generated renewed debate on privacy injunctions. Continue reading
On 11 April 2016, Nicol J handed down judgment in Axon v Ministry of Defence ( EWHC 787 (QB)), dismissing a former Royal Navy commanding officer’s privacy and breach of confidence claims against the Ministry of Defence (‘MoD’) for a former employee’s leaks to the Sun. Continue reading
On Monday and Tuesday, 4 and 5 April 2016 the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland will hear an appeal from the judgment of Stephens J in CG v Facebook Ireland Ltd & Anor  NIQB 11. The case will require the Court to determine a number of important issues of principle relating to intermediary liability. Continue reading
The first privacy injunction case heard by the Court of Appeal since 2011 has recently been published. In PJS v News Group Newspapers ( EWCA Civ 100), the court allowed an expedite appeal against the refusal to grant an interim injunction restraining The Sun on Sunday from publishing an article about a well-known entertainer’s extramarital sexual activities. Continue reading