Defamation Practice Update: Determination of Meaning before Defence – Kirsten Sjøvoll

14 02 2019

A series of recent decisions make it clear that, if meaning is an issue in dispute in a defamation action, there should ordinarily be a trial of meaning as a preliminary issue before the service of the defence. This is an important change in practice. Read the rest of this entry »





Tinker, Tailor, Protestor, Spy: Corporate “intelligence” and legal remedies – Kirsten Sjøvoll

13 12 2017

The Guardian has reported that two corporate intelligence firms spied on protestors on behalf of a number of large companies, including British Airways, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Caterpillar, and Porsche. Read the rest of this entry »





Online Publication Claims: Norwich Pharmacal orders and Jurisdiction Issues – Kirsten Sjøvoll

26 10 2017

Norwich Pharmacal orders may be made against individuals or companies who are not guilty of any wrongdoing but who are involved in that wrongdoing and can provide relevant information to an intended claimant. Norwich Pharmacal orders are now commonly sought against ISPs in order to compel disclosure of information held by them about their users. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Bayev v Russia: Legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality violates Articles 10 and 14 – Kirsten Sjøvoll

23 06 2017

In a judgment in the case of Bayev v Russia ([2017] ECHR 572) handed down on 20 June 2017, the Third Section of  European Court of Human Rights found – by six votes to one –  that the so-called Russian “gay-propaganda law” banning the promotion of homosexuality violated both Article 10 and Article 14 of the Convention. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: AMC v News Group, Super-Hysteria, the misreporting of a privacy injunction – Kirsten Sjøvoll

10 08 2015

male-female-silhouetteThe grant of a privacy injunction in the case of AMC v News Group Newspapers ([2015] EWHC 2361 (QB)) has unleashed a deluge of largely inaccurate media comment worthy of the “super injunction spring” of 2011. Yet much of what is reported in the press does not appear in the judgment, which was in fact decided on established principles after careful balancing of the rights of the respective parties. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: AAA v Associated Newspapers Ltd – “Mother knows best…” – Kirsten Sjøvoll

2 07 2013

FatherOn 20 May 2013, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in AAA v Associated Newspapers ([2013] EWCA Civ 554). It held that the Claimant, a child, did not have her rights under Article 8 breached by an article in the Daily Mail which speculated that her father was Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The Judgment raises interesting questions as to the extent to which the behaviour of a child’s parent affects the former’s expectation of privacy. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Comment: Cairns v Modi and KC v MGN Ltd, appealing assessments of damages? – Kirsten Sjøvoll

1 11 2012

The Court of Appeal yesterday delivered judgment in the joined cases of Cairns v Modi and KC v MGN Ltd ([2012] EWCA Civ 1382). Both appeals concerned the assessment of damages in libel actions, although the facts of the two cases were very different.

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