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 »





Case Law: David v Hosany, Cogent evidence required to defeat the qualified privilege defence – Tom Double

16 12 2017

In the case of David v Hosany [2017] EWHC 2787 (QB), His Honour Judge Moloney QC considered a libel claim brought by the claimant, a Governor of the East London Foundation NHS Trust, in respect of three publications by the defendant, another Governor of the same Trust. These publications alleged that the claimant had intimidated and harassed the defendant, with two of the publications containing allegations of sexual harassment. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Statements in open court in defamation and privacy claims – Max Campbell

5 07 2017

In Sir Cliff Richard OBE v the BBC and Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police ([2017] EWHC 1648 (Ch)), Mr Justice Mann reviewed the law on statements in open court, and the grounds upon which the court might refuse to permit them. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Prince Moulay v Elaph Publishing, Moroccan Prince wins libel and data protection appeal against Arabic news publisher – Simon Brown

7 02 2017

230px-prince_moulay_hichamPrince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah Al Alouai of Morocco (‘the Prince’) has won an appeal against Elaph Publishing Limited (‘Elaph’) that now allows him to advance a claim under the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’) and also overturned a previous ruling that the words published were not capable of being defamatory. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Flymenow v Quick Air Jet Charter, Libel damages reduced to £10 because of claimant’s disgraceful conduct – Neelam Gomersall

22 12 2016

logoIn the case of Flymenow Ltd v Quick Air Jet Charter GmbH [2016] EWHC 3197 (QB) an aircraft charter company was awarded nominal damages of £10 in a libel action after it was found that it had acted “disgracefully” before and during the litigation. Read the rest of this entry »