Case Comment: Advertising Standards Authority v Mitchell, the Perils of the Misdirected Email – Oscar Davies

3 07 2019

The case of Advertising Standards Authority v Mitchell ([2019] EWHC 1469 (QB)) deals with the problem of a misdirected email.  We have all sent an email to the wrong person, realising only moments after sending it.  Warby J considers the perils of such a situation, and how the court may step in if the receiving party refuses to undertake not to use the information. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Spicer v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, Headlines must be read in context – Oscar Davies

15 06 2019

In the case of Spicer v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2019] EWHC 1439 (QB) Warby J held that an article’s headline, however defamatory, must be read in context, with the text of the article, in order to arrive at the natural and ordinary meaning. The judgment provides a useful exposition of the ‘bane and antidote’ principle. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Allen v Times Newspapers, Meaning determination in “Grenfell” libel claim – Oscar Davies

28 05 2019

In the case of Allen v Times Newspapers Ltd [2019] EWHC 1235 (QB) Warby J found that an article concerning Mark Allen, described as a ‘Grenfell cladding boss’, bore a defamatory meaning which was different from that contended for by the parties. Read the rest of this entry »





Book Review: Anti-social media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy – Oscar Davies

27 09 2018

In his new book, Anti-Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy Siva Vaidhyanathan lays out why Facebook may be good for some people, but not good for democracy as a whole.

The book is divided into sections delineating the ways in which we can look at  Facebook: as a pleasure machine, a surveillance machine, an attention machine, a benevolence machine, a protest machine, a politics machine or a disinformation machine. Read the rest of this entry »





House of Lords Communications Committee Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?”, An overview of the evidence, Part 3 – Oscar Davies

23 09 2018

This is the final part on a series looking at the evidence submitted for the House of Lords Communications Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?” (Part 1 and Part 2 were published in July and August). Part 3 considers the responses to questions 7 to 9 of the Call for Evidence. Read the rest of this entry »





House of Lords Communications Committee Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?”, An overview of the evidence, Part 2 – Oscar Davies

17 08 2018

This is Part 2 of an overview of the evidence submitted for the House of Lords Communications Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?” (Part 1 can be found here). Responses to questions 4 to 6 of the Call for Evidence will be considered here. Read the rest of this entry »





‘Who Is America?’: Sacha Baron Cohen’s new series and the law suits that may follow… – Oscar Davies

21 07 2018

On Monday 15 July 2018 a preview of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new series ‘Who Is America’ was published on Showtime’s Youtube Channel. The 10 minute clip features a number of high-profile American gun supporters who agree to support a programme called ‘Kinder Guardians’ for 4 to 12 year old children. Read the rest of this entry »





House of Lords Communications Committee Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?”, An overview of the evidence, Part 1 – Oscar Davies

15 07 2018

The House of Lords Communications Committee has launched an inquiry into how the regulation of the internet should be improved.  Oral and Written evidence has been provided to the Committee by a very wide range of companies, NGOs and individuals from a variety of perspectives.   Read the rest of this entry »





Case law: R v Sarker: Reporting restrictions during trials must not be too easily imposed – Oscar Davies

23 06 2018

On 13 June 2018 the Court of Appeal gave judgment on an appeal by the BBC against a reporting restriction order imposed on 22 January 2018, the first day of the trial of the Defendant, Sudip Sarker ([2018] EWCA Crim 1341). Read the rest of this entry »