Case Law: Middleton v Persons Unknown, Privacy injunction granted following iCloud hack – Francesca Miller

4 10 2016

pippa-middletonIn the case of Middleton & Anor v Person Or Persons Unknown [2016] EWHC 2354 (QB) Pippa Middleton, the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, successfully sought the continuation of an interim privacy injunction and the expansion of its terms against person(s) unknown. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Bukovsky v CPS, Soviet dissident fails in trial of meaning against CPS – Max Campbell

30 09 2016

_82597606_vladimirbukovskyIn Bukovsky v Crown Prosecution Service ([2016] EWHC 1926 (QB)), a Soviet dissident resident in England, was suing the Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’), the principal public prosecuting authority in England and Wales, for libel, misfeasance in public office, and breach of the Human Rights Act concerning a press release announcing that he was to be prosecuted for a number of criminal offences.  The action came before Warby J for a preliminary trial as to the meaning of the words complained of. Read the rest of this entry »





Sir Cliff Richard investigation highlights issues with pre-charge bail – Jonathan Hicks

7 08 2016

Sir Cliff Richard is one of many famous faces to have been investigated for allegations of historic sex abuse, with the police and the Crown Prosecution Service ultimately taking no further action. Read the rest of this entry »





The ‘Right to be Forgotten’: the scope of delisting – Max Campbell

27 05 2016

Google CNILIt is now just over two years since the Court of Justice of the European Union first ruled that Google was a data controller and that the principles of EU Directive 95/46/EC (‘the Data Protection Directive’), and the various national legislation that implement them, applied to its search results. Read the rest of this entry »





Stalking: why aren’t we doing enough to stop it? – Max Campbell

29 04 2016

harassmentFollowing reports about the seven year ordeal suffered by Lily Allen, stalking is back in the mainstream media.  Most people will be familiar with the term ‘stalking’.  Unfortunately, familiarity can breed contempt: many people, including, significantly, many Police Officers, still either fundamentally misunderstand what stalking is, or fail to appreciate how serious a problem it presents for our society.  As a result, many victims receive poor advice and little, if any, protection. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Burrell v Clifford, Costs and Proportionality in low value privacy cases – Iain Wilson

30 03 2016

Last month PR guru Max Clifford was ordered to pay the former Royal Butler Paul Burrell £5,000 compensation for the unauthorised disclosure of private information contained within a letter Mr Burrell had sent him.  There is a judgment on liability and quantum (Burrell v Clifford [2016] EWHC 294 (Ch)), although Mr Justice Mann’s earlier decision dismissing Mr Clifford’s strike out application on limitation and triviality grounds (Burrell v Clifford [2015] EWHC 2001 (Ch)) is arguably of wider importance.  This was discussed on the Brett Wilson blog last year. Read the rest of this entry »





Resources: Cyberbullying, Online Harassment and Twibel – The State of Play in 2015

9 03 2015

bwfrontcoverSolicitors Brett Wilson have published an e-book exploring the development of online abuse.  The 21 page guide charts the recent explosion of cyberbullying and the potential dangers of social media use.   Read the rest of this entry »





‘Revenge porn’ criminalised in England and Wales

22 02 2015

end-revenge-porn-031013‘Revenge porn’, the term coined for the unauthorised sharing of private sexual photographs or videos, often carried out by spurned lovers over the medium of the Internet, has been criminalised in England and Wales under the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (‘the Act’) which received Royal Assent on 12 February 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Yeo v Times Newspapers, guidance on approach to costs budgeting in libel cases –

20 02 2015

Tim-Yeo-008 (1)In a recent case management conference in the ongoing Yeo v Times Newspapers libel litigation (also see our blog ‘The End of Juries in Libel Trials?’), Mr Justice Warby QC gave a written Judgment ([2015] EWHC 209 (QB)), which provides some guidance on the issue of costs budgeting in libel cases. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: ReachLocal v Bennett, Libel general and special damages award totals £443,000 – Max Campbell

3 12 2014

ReachLocalIn ReachLocal UK Ltd and another v Jamie Bennett and others [2014] EWHC 3405 (QB), the Claimants (both subsidiaries of an international online marketing group) sued for defamation following a campaign to discredit them by a former affiliate company and individuals connected to it.  Read the rest of this entry »