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Morgan v Associated Newspapers: libel claim settled with apology, substantial charity payment and Statement in Open Court, Four lessons learned for libel practitioners – Matt Himsworth

Steve Morgan C.B.E. is an impressive individual. As a young man in the 1970s working for Wellington Civil Engineering, a business that was going to the wall, he borrowed £5,000 and took over one of Wellington’s contracts to put sewers in in Penley, near Wrexham. Fast forward to 2019 and he retires from his business Redrow PLC this year with the housebuilding firm valued at £2.2 billion. Continue reading

Social media: who cares? – Matt Himsworth

social-mediaIt is dangerous for companies and high profile individuals to assume that social media is just a playground where people just tell others what they’ve had for dinner and take photographs of snow in their back garden.

That does happen (far too often) but social media, and other online platforms, are far more than just that – they are defining the way that brands and reputations are viewed. Continue reading

Standing up to bullies – the legal implications of the disturbing rise of “creepshots” and “revenge porn” – Matt Himsworth

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Recent media coverage, particularly in the Guardian reveals a worrying new trend in our society – the dissemination of “creepshots” and “revenge porn” online, ruining reputations and, often, lives.

To the uninitiated, creepshots are surreptitiously taken photographs, usually sexual in nature, mostly of women (often very young women) and revenge porn is a category of explicit photographs and videos, usually taken with consent at the time, (for private use in relationships) but later used to bully, intimidate or blackmail vulnerable individuals (again, largely young women). Continue reading

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