New rules for media and communications claims – Iain Wilson and Elisabeth Mason

22 08 2019

From 1 October 2019 new rules – in the form of a revised Part 53, Media and Communication Claims, revised/new practice directions (PD 7A, 53A and 53B) and an all encompassing Pre-action Protocol – will apply to claims in England and Wales arising from media and communications disputes. Read the rest of this entry »





Supreme Court considers social media defamation: context is everything – Iain Wilson

11 04 2019

Some practitioners were surprised that Stocker v Stocker [2019] UKSC 17 reached the country’s highest court.  The appeal concerned the meaning (or imputation) of words in a libel action. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





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 »





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 »





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 »





The misreporting of Max Mosley’s DPA claim against the press – Iain Wilson and Tom Double

28 03 2018

It was reported last month in various newspapers that Max Mosley, the Former Formula One boss, has threatened to issue legal proceedings against The Daily MailThe TimesThe Sun and The Daily Mirror in respect of articles that he claims breach the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”).  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 »





Defamed by Persons Unknown – Interview with Iain Wilson

30 07 2016

The case of Smith v Unknown Defendants [2016] EWHC 1775 (QB) was a libel action against unknown defendants who had published defamatory material on a website, the Queen’s Bench Division granted the claimant’s application for default judgment against the second defendant in his absence and granted summary relief of £10,000 in damages as well as injunctions prohibiting publication of further allegations and requiring the removal of any allegations placed elsewhere. Read the rest of this entry »