Arbitration for the press is necessary, but it must cover all media – Alastair Brett

24 01 2017

brettThe war between the government and the press over section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, or rather between the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) and Impress, is artificial and wholly unnecessary. Read the rest of this entry »





Fast-track plan may be only way to speed press change – Sir Charles Gray and Alastair Brett

1 10 2013

Leveson.jpgThe debate over press regulation will start again in earnest in the coming weeks. What is extraordinary is how the press and the government have so far failed to find a workable way forward in implementing the Leveson recommendations. The press cries “no statutory intervention” so the government, terrified of upsetting the press, comes up with a complex royal charter rather than a simple statute.  Read the rest of this entry »





Inforrm Debate: Jury trial in libel actions: the plaything of civil liberty purists! – Alastair Brett

29 06 2012

Defamation is a rich man’s sport.  Only the super-rich or those on “no win, no fee” agreements with their lawyers can begin to afford the astronomic cost of a libel action.  Why? Because there are too many uncertainties in defamation actions.  First and foremost amongst these is ‘trial by jury’, a quite extraordinary hang-over from the past, which in too many cases bears little or no resemblance to justice. Read the rest of this entry »