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Defamation and domestic abuse, the judgment in Lee v Brown – Julie Doughty

Defamation and domestic abuse – an update

The judgment in Lee v Brown [2022] EWHC 1699 (QB) was handed down on 1 July 2022.   I wrote about the case after I attended one day of a hearing on 20 June.  This update isn’t going to go into detail on defamation law but will, I hope, explain further why I think the scaremongering after Depp v Heard (US trial) was exaggerated. Fear of being threatened with libel should never stop anyone reporting abuse. Continue reading

The prurient press and a Court of Protection decision that had a profound effect on a family – Julie Doughty

Court of ProtectionIn V v Associated Newspapers [2016] EWCOP 21, published on 25 April, Mr Justice Charles, Deputy President and Judge in Charge of the Court of Protection, uses the word ‘prurient’ several times about the press coverage of earlier judgments in the case of ‘C’, the woman who ‘lost her sparkle’. (She had been described in this way, from her own words, in a judgment by Mr Justice Macdonald.) Continue reading

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