The privacy of the Duchess of Cambridge is worth its weight in lead. Not gold, but lead. Her mother-in-law, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has never been photographed in a wardrobe malfunction with the royal pins – let alone the royal buttocks – on display as a result of a treacherous gust of wind. Not only does she favour more sober attire than young Kate, but she also has tiny balls of lead sewn into the hems of her dresses. Continue reading
When the Pope speaks, millions of people listen. Over the centuries this has not necessarily meant good news. The words of religious leaders have led to Holy wars and significant loss of life. Continue reading
There are three legal weapons that you may find in your armoury to protect you against attacks from others in the online environment. These are weapons which you may find turned on you. They are the laws of defamation, privacy and harassment. Continue reading
Courtney Love has successfully defended her former lawyer’s US Twitter libel claim – ‘Twibel’ as it been labelled by media and on social media. The case has been lauded as breaking new ground in defining the nexus of social media and defamation. Continue reading
Rutland. The smallest English county. Right in the middle of the country. Indeed, Middle England proper. And now, the most recent bastion, apparently, of free speech. In a recent decision reported in The Rutland Times, District Judge Temperley has put Leicester Magistrates Court on the map of free speech … in a case concerning harassment. Continue reading
The last vestige of real privacy known to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new baby boy was that which he experienced in the womb. Even then, while he was curled oblivious to it, outside speculation raged as to his gender, his name and his future. Continue reading
With the press machine in over drive as to what the ramifications of Lord Justices Leveson’s report will be, the media savvy amongst you may have a far greater concern over the festive period; the fear of fielding countless questions from friends and loved ones simply trying to understand, “what’s it all about?’ Help is at hand. Below we bring you our top five phrases to help you knock back even the toughest Leveson-related question that comes your way.
The story of teacher Jeremy Forrest and his cross-channel flit with a 15 year old pupil Megan Stammers has put the teaching profession firmly into the headlines. But potentially taking teachers out of the headlines is the Education Act 2011 which, when it came into force on Monday 1 October, provided that teachers accused of a criminal offence against their pupils be automatically entitled to anonymity. Continue reading