Lachaux, Seriously limiting serious harm – Nicola Cain

14 09 2017

Trumpeting the Defamation Act 2013 when it received Royal Assent, the Ministry of Justice publicised section 1(1) of the Act, which provides that “A statement is not defamatory unless its publication has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to the reputation of the claimant“, established “a requirement for companies and individuals to show serious harm to establish a claim“. The Act, according to Lord McNally, represented “the end of a long and hard fought battle to reform the libel laws in England and Wales”. Read the rest of this entry »





When can publishing newspaper articles amount to harassment? – Keith Mathieson

1 08 2017

The High Court has struck out part of a harassment claim against the publisher of the Daily Mail and Mail Online. Unless the Judge’s order is successfully appealed, the remaining harassment claim will proceed to trial. Read the rest of this entry »





News: EU agrees final text of General Data Protection Regulation

19 12 2015

Data Protection ReformOn 15 December 2015 it was announced that the EU Council, Commission and Parliament had finally agreed the text of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) [pdf]. Read the rest of this entry »





Serbian Forum Shopper in breach of his duty of full and frank disclosure has permission to serve libel and privacy claim set aside – David Hooper

13 12 2015

David HooperOn 23 November 2015, in the case of Ahuja v Politika Novine ([2015] EWHC 3380 (QB)) Sir Michael Tugendhat set aside an order for service out of the jurisdiction of proceedings for the misuse of private information and libel which had been made by Master Roberts on 31 March 2015 in respect of an article in Politika, a Serbian language newspaper circulating in Serbia and neighbouring countries in hard copy and available in this country only on the internet.  Read the rest of this entry »





Data Leaks: a portent of the future? – Alex Wilson and Nathan Webb

25 11 2015

Talk TalkThe Culture, Media and Sport Committee have launched an inquiry in the wake of the recent cyber-attack on the TalkTalk website on 21 October, which affected nearly 157,000 customers and 1,200,000 email addresses, names and phone numbers as well as details relating to thousands of bank accounts, credit and debit cards.   Read the rest of this entry »





News: Court of Appeal Upholds Privacy Claim by Family of Paul Weller – Oliver Murphy

21 11 2015

Paul WellerIn the case of Weller v Associated Newspapers ([2015] EWCA Civ 1176) The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court finding that the publishers of Mail Online infringed the privacy of three of Paul Weller’s children by publishing unpixellated pictures of them on a family shopping trip in Los Angeles.   Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Brand v Berki, Russell Brand and Jemima Khan obtain continuing “anti-harassment” order against masseuse – Oliver Murphy

2 10 2014

Brand-KhanThe High Court has recently granted an extension to an anti-harassment injunction taken out by Russell Brand and Jemima Goldsmith, otherwise known as Jemima Khan (the Claimants), against a masseuse (the Defendant). In Brand & Anor v Szilvia (aka Sylvie) Berki [2014] EWHC 2979 (QB) (11 September 2014) Mrs Justice Carr outlined the thresholds necessary for a successful application for an “anti-harassment” injunction. Read the rest of this entry »