Case Law: Starr v Ward, Justification defence succeeds in Freddie Starr’s “groping” libel claim

12 07 2015

Starr WardThe libel claim brought by entertainer Freddie Starr against Karin Ward has been dismissed by Mr Justice Nicol following an eight day trial.  In a judgment handed down on 10 July 2015 ([2015] EWHC 1987 (QB)) the judge held that the allegations made by Ms Ward concerning Mr Starr’s conduct at a recording of a Jimmy Savile TV programme in 1974 were true. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Cruddas v Calvert, Sunday Times appeal allowed in part, ex Conservative Treasurer’s damages reduced to £50,000

17 03 2015

Sunday Times CruddasThe Sunday Times and two of its journalists have been partially successful in their appeal against the decision of Tugendhat J in Cruddas v Calvert awarding damages of  £180,000 to former Conservative party treasurer, Peter Cruddas ([2015] EWCA Civ 171). The Court of Appeal unanimously allowed the appeal on one of three grounds, finding that the allegation of corrupt conduct was true. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Sandra De Poi v Advertiser News Weekend Publishing Company Pty Ltd, MP’s ex loses “dishonest electoral practice” defamation action – Yvonne Kux

13 03 2015

gazetteSandra De Poi, the former partner of South Australia Labor MP Leon Bignell and a WorkCover board member, has lost her defamation action against the publisher of The Sunday Mail. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Rothschild v Associated Newspapers Limited, Court of Appeal upholds justification defence – Valerie Paisner

11 04 2013

pictureIn last month’s unanimous judgment in Rothschild v Associated Newspapers Limited ([2013] EWCA Civ 197) the Court of Appeal upheld a decision that the defence of justification had been established in a claim brought by the financier Nat Rothschild against the Daily Mail. The case provides interesting guidance on the circumstances in which a defendant need prove only part of the defamatory allegations which have been made. Read the rest of this entry »