Online Publication Claims: Foreign defendants and section 9 of the Defamation Act 2013 – Darryl Hutcheon

7 11 2017

For many years there was a perception that the private international law rules applied by English courts allowed for so-called “libel tourism”, meaning the practice of opportunistic litigants (often with very limited connections to England and Wales) using English courts to bring defamation claims with much stronger connections to other jurisdictions. In enacting section 9 of the Defamation Act 2013 Parliament sought to address this concern by making it much harder for English courts to hear those kinds of claims. Read the rest of this entry »





Gotcha? Civil claims arising from the activities of the Fake Sheikh – Darryl Hutcheon

8 11 2016

confessionsThe conviction and sentencing of the “Fake Sheikh”, former News of the World journalist Mazher Mahmood, has led to renewed reports of possible legal actions against him and his former employers.  It is said that these could “dwarf” phone hacking claims. It has been reported that the Duchess of York has commenced legal action and that Mr Mahmood and his former employers, News Group Newspapers Limited, face more than 40 civil claims. Read the rest of this entry »