Case Law: Grayling v North, Brexiteer ordered to pay philosopher £20,000 in libel damages for paedophile tweet – Iain Wilson

9 03 2019

Peter North, former UKIP parliamentary candidate and founder of the Brexit-supporting Leave Alliance, has been ordered to pay philosopher and academic AC Grayling £20,000 in libel damages after tweeting an allegation that Professor Grayling was in possession of child pornography. Read the rest of this entry »





An allegation of dishonesty: A statement of fact or the expression of opinion? – Tom Double

6 03 2019

In a number of recent libel cases, the court has encouraged parties to apply prior to the service of a defence for a preliminary issue trial where the meaning of the words complained of is in dispute. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Suttle v Walker, Facebook “Keyboard warrior” order to pay £55,000 libel and harassment damages – Iain Wilson [Updated]

30 01 2019

Mr Justice Nicklin has ordered that Samantha Walker pay care home manager Kim Suttle £55,445.50 in libel and harassment damages after instigating a hate campaign against her based on false allegations that she had abused her dog. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Foskett v Ezeugo, Serial Abuser of Judges Committed to Prison for Contempt – Max Campbell

24 01 2019

In Foskett, Peters and Waschckuhn v Ezeugo [2018] EWHC 3694 (QB), three Judges applied for the committal to prison of a man who had repeatedly breached a harassment injunction made in their favour. 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 »





Why Lord Hain was wrong to disclose Sir Philip Green’s name – Tom Double

29 10 2018

Lord Hain’s decision to name Sir Philip Green in the House of Lords as the individual who obtained an interim-injunction against the Daily Telegraph has polarised opinion.  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Comment: TLU v Home Office, Unnamed family members entitled to damages for Home Office immigration data leak – Iain Wilson

24 06 2018

In The Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor v TLU & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 2217 the Court of Appeal, was asked to review one aspect of Mr Justice Mitting’s decision in TLT & Ors v The Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor [2016] EWHC 2217 (QB)Read the rest of this entry »





Suspect Anonymity: is it actually feasible? – Alistair Parker

19 05 2018

Former popstar and baby-boomer heart-throb Cliff Richard is suing the BBC for breach of privacy regarding its report that he had been accused of a sexual offence, and also its coverage in 2014 of the subsequent police raid on his home. The BBC coverage included use of a helicopter, and broadcasting the police search through the glass walls of Mr Richard’s property. He was later exonerated from the police investigation. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation take-down requests to Google – Max Campbell

12 05 2018

The right to be forgotten has been in the news again recently following the decision in NT1 & NT2 v Google LLC [2018] EWHC 799 (QB) (read our blog on that decision here), but Google will often voluntarily remove content from its search engine results on a variety of other grounds, including that the content is defamatory. Read the rest of this entry »





Vlogger Chrissy Chambers secures damages in revenge porn settlement – Iain Wilson

21 01 2018

In a widely-reported settlement, the American vlogger Chrissy Chambers has recovered damages from her former British boyfriend – anonymised in the High Court proceedings as “DCR”. Read the rest of this entry »