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

20 02 2019

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Snapchat Secrets: overshare and risks moving to new levels – Matt Himsworth

13 05 2014

snapchat-app-620x347One of the problems with the human condition is that we all make mistakes. We do things that, in hindsight, we shouldn’t have. The naivety of youth means that more such errors are made at a young age.  Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: Time for the Twitter Police? – Matthew Himsworth

27 08 2013

TwitterOver recent weeks there has been a welcome debate on trolling and online abuse. One of the main questions has been – who bears the responsibility of dealing with this reprehensible practice, with many pointing accusing fingers at Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »

Social media: who cares? – Matt Himsworth

16 04 2013

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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

8 04 2013

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????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). Read the rest of this entry »