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 »





Suffer the Little Children…The Supremes, the Internet and PJS – Robin Callender Smith

3 06 2016

Sun PJSIssues of world-wide identification and information on the internet in respect of privacy rights, celebrities and English law reignited in January this year. The Sun on Sunday began its attempt to tell readers about PJS’s ‘three-way’ with A and B with the full knowledge of his married partner YMA. Read the rest of this entry »





Freedom of UK media to publish pictures of children curtailed after landmark ruling – Robin Callender-Smith

29 11 2015

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Pictures of bonny Prince George may well become a lot less common following a landmark ruling. Media pictures of the children of celebrities are now clearly off limits – unless their parents consent to publication. The Court of Appeal has confirmed a High Court decision last year giving three of Paul Weller’s children total of £10,000 damages for breaching their right to privacy. This will have far-reaching adverse effects on the freedom of the UK media. Read the rest of this entry »





New Book: Celebrity and Royal Privacy, the Media and the Law – Robin Callender-Smith

4 11 2015

670075_LMy introduction to media law – back in 1966 – was not auspicious. I was about to complete my full-year pre-entry course for journalists, the second one ever to be run at Harlow Technical College in Essex. Then there were no university degrees or diplomas in journalism or media studies. Before Harlow, the three-year trade apprenticeship training for journalists involved correspondence courses and night school classes in shorthand, local government and newspaper law. Read the rest of this entry »