Cliff Richard judgment a new shift in legal balance between free speech and privacy – Robin Callender-Smith

20 07 2018

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The question at the heart of Mr Justice Mann’s High Court judgment in the Sir Cliff Richard v BBC case had been a longstanding legal conundrum: how far do a celebrity’s privacy rights – or indeed anyone’s – extend in respect of the pre-charge stage of a police investigation? Read the rest of this entry »





A breach of the right to privacy justifies an award of damages for the act of misusing private information ‘per se’, says English High Court in phone-hacking decision – Alison Knight

27 06 2015

men-97290__180English privacy law is a slow-evolving story. Most of its principles have developed from case law since the Millennium, yet awards of damages by the courts in compensation for harm suffered as a consequence of privacy infringements (such as for distress and loss of dignity suffered by claimants) have typically been low. Read the rest of this entry »





Mirror Phone Hacking Judgment: a turning point in the phone hacking litigation – Steven Heffer

22 05 2015

mirror_1839320bThe judgment handed down by Mr Justice Mann on 21 May 2015 in the Mirror Group quantum cases, Gulati and others v MGN ([2015] EWHC 1482 (Ch)), represents a turning point in the phone hacking litigation.  Read the rest of this entry »