News: Katie Hopkins lodges application for permission to appeal in Twitter libel case

3 04 2017

The columnist and broadcaster Katie Hopkins has lodged an application to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal against the judgment of Warby J ([2017] EWHC 433 (QB)) awarding damages of £24,000 to food blogger and writer Jack Monroe. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Re (W), Can non-parties appeal critical findings made in a judgment which infringe their human rights? – Jo Moore

9 12 2016

silhouetteIn Re: W (A child) [2016] EWCA Civ 1140 the Court of Appeal considered a case in which a Family Court judgment was severely critical of two witnesses and the applicant local authority. In an oral “bullet point” judgment at the end of the hearing, the Judge found that the witnesses, a social worker (‘SW’) and a police officer (‘PO’), had improperly conspired to prove certain allegations regardless of the truth, or professional guidelines. Read the rest of this entry »





News: PJS injunction appeal, Supreme Court reserves judgment, injunction remains in place

21 04 2016

PJS Court of AppealThe Supreme Court today heard the application and appeal in the case of PJS v News Group Newspapers – following the decision of the Court of Appeal on Monday ([2016] EWCA Civ 393) to discharge the injunction it had granted in January because it had ceased to have practical effect. Read the rest of this entry »





Hearing Report, Gulati v MGN, the first day of the Mirror Phone Hacking damages appeal

21 10 2015

Royal-Courts-of-JusticeThe Mirror Phone Hacking appeal began yesterday, 20 October 2015, in the Court of Appeal before Arden, Rafferty and Kitchin LJJ.  Most of the day was occupied by the submissions made on behalf of the appellant, MGN Limited, by Lord Pannick QC. Read the rest of this entry »





Appeal: If you love freedom of information, will you help the CFOI survive?

24 01 2014

confidential_animationThe Campaign for Freedom of Information (“CFOI”) has an immediate and short term cash-flow problem. Despite its modest expenditure, CFOI needs to raise nearly £25,000 to ensure its survival through to the end of March 2014.  CFOI has launched an urgent appeal for funds, to which donations can be made online.  CFOI asks you to support it now. Read the rest of this entry »





Appeal: Ethiopian journalists imprisoned on anti-terror charges seek donations to fund human rights case

28 11 2013

eskinderandreeyotcroppedEskinder Nega and Reeyot Alemu are Ethiopian journalists who have been awarded the UNESCO World Press Freedom Award and nominated for the 2013 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought for their journalistic work. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Cruddas v Calvert, Sunday Times appeal allowed in part, no allegation of criminal corruption

21 06 2013

Peter CruddasThe Court of Appeal have allowed the appeal of the Sunday Times in the libel case brought former Conservative Party Treasurer, Peter Cruddas ([2013] EWCA Civ 748) against the ruling of Mr Justice Tugendhat that the published articles made an allegation of corruption contrary to the criminal law ([2013] EWHC 1427 (QB)).  The Court set aside the orders striking out the defence of justification and entering judgment for the claimant.  The trial will now have to proceed. Read the rest of this entry »





News, Exclusive: Carina Trimingham’s appeal against harassment ruling withdrawn

19 02 2013

Carina-Trimingham_2201220bCarina Trimingham has withdrawn the appeal in her harassment and privacy claim against the publisher of the Daily Mail. This was a matter of principle; brought because Carina and her legal team are convinced that the way the Daily Mail wrote about her, and in particular referred to her looks and her sexuality, was simply not acceptable. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Comment: Cairns v Modi and KC v MGN Ltd, appealing assessments of damages? – Kirsten Sjøvoll

1 11 2012

The Court of Appeal yesterday delivered judgment in the joined cases of Cairns v Modi and KC v MGN Ltd ([2012] EWCA Civ 1382). Both appeals concerned the assessment of damages in libel actions, although the facts of the two cases were very different.

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News: Trimingham v Associated Newspapers, Permission to Appeal Granted

25 09 2012

The Court of Appeal has granted Carina Trimingham permission to appeal against the High Court’s judgment in her harassment and privacy claim against Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday.  In granting permission to appeal, Lord Justice Laws emphasised that there were “significant issues” as to the Judge’s treatment of the harassment claim.  He also noted that this was the first trial in England and Wales of a civil claim for harassment against a newspaper. He granted permission on all grounds, including Ms Trimingham’s privacy claim and claims under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Read the rest of this entry »