Defendants should not be gleeful at prospect of Supreme Court allowing appeal on defamation test in Lachaux case – Greg Callus

15 04 2018

There is a sneaking suspicion among some media lawyers that our cases seem to get permission to appeal to the higher courts more regularly than one might expect. Maybe it’s the fast-changing nature of media and communications law in the digital era; maybe it’s the sparkle and pizzazz of celebrities and gossip which brightens the day of overworked appellate judges. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Serious Harm, Supreme Court grants permission to appeal in Lachaux v Independent Print

23 03 2018

On 21 March 2018 the Supreme Court (Lords Kerr and Reed and Lady Black) granted the defendants permission to appeal in the case of Lachaux v Independent Print.  The Supreme Court will now consider the meaning and effect of the “serious harm” requirement in section 1(1) of the Defamation Act 2013 for the first time. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Defamation and “Serious Harm” Court of Appeal dismisses Lachaux appeal

12 09 2017

On 12 September 2017 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the important “serious harm” case of Lachaux v. Independent Print ([2017] EWCA Civ 1334). The Court unanimously dismissed the appeals of the defendants against the decision of Warby J ([2015] EWHC 2242 (QB)) that the claimant had established “serious harm” within the meaning of section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





Lachaux, the Huffington Post and “Serious Harm” under the Defamation Act 2013 – Jonathan Coad

6 02 2016

the-huffington-postIn a trial which took place in July 2015 Warby J found that the reputation of a foreign national living overseas had suffered “serious harm” as a result of the publication by the Huffington Post of a third party blog on its website about a marital dispute between the claimant and his ex-wife ([2015] EWHC 2242 (QB)). By that decision the High Court elucidated some general principles about how section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013 should be applied in the preliminary stages of a defamation claim. Read the rest of this entry »





Libels, damned libels and statistics – Andrew Stephenson

18 09 2015

StatisticsCould it be that suing for defamation is back in fashion? Despite predictions that the Defamation Act 2013 would lead to a decrease in the number of claims, statistics now show a whopping 60 per cent increase in the number of defamation claims issued in London in 2014 compared to the year before. Read the rest of this entry »





Summer Round Up: Research and Resources – 3 September 2015

3 09 2015

Resource RoundupThe past month has produced a rich crop of articles and blog posts on media and legal issues which may be of interest to readers of Inforrm.   We will deal with these under five headings: Interception and Surveillance, Lachaux and Serious Harm, Articles on the Right to be Forgotten, Articles on Defamation and Free Speech and Articles on Privacy and Data Protection. Read the rest of this entry »