The Judge in Charge of the Media and Communications List, Mr Justice Warby, is one of eight new appointments to the Court of Appeal which were announced on 31 July 2020. He will take up his appointment later in the year.
In Sube & Anor v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Anor (Rev 1)  EWHC 1125 (QB) the High Court emphatically rejected a claim for harassment against media organisations. The case highlights the difficulties faced by claimants in harassment proceedings against media organisations, as it must be found that the conduct by the media organisation constituted a conscious or negligent abuse of media freedom. This will, unsurprisingly, be difficult to prove in most cases. Continue reading
In a judgment handed down at the High Court today, Mr Justice Warby has ordered Google LLC to delist eleven URLs referring to a spent conviction of a businessman known as NT2. The claim brought by the other claimant, NT1. A joint public judgment was given in both cases ( EWHC 799 (QB)). Continue reading
In the case of Lachaux v Independent Print ( EWHC 2242 (QB)) Warby J gave judgement on preliminary issues, including an issue relating to “serious harm”, in a number of libel actions brought against three newspapers and the Huffington Post. He agreed with the analysis of “serious harm” in the earlier cases – damage to reputation must be proved and cannot be presumed. He nevertheless went on to find that there was, in fact, serious harm in relation to four of the five articles complained of. Continue reading
On 16 July, Mr Justice Warby awarded Vladimir Sloutsker, a former Russian senator and President of the Israel Jewish Congress, £110,000 in damages at the conclusion of his long-running libel action against Russian journalist Olga Romanova ( EWHC 2053 (QB)). A permanent injunction against Ms Romanova was also awarded. Continue reading