The Cliff Richard judgment in perspective – Nathan Capone

10 09 2018

Much discussion has inevitably followed in the wake of the Cliff Richard judgment, often taking polarising viewpoints. Privacy advocates hailed the judgment as a further watershed for individuals’ privacy rights whereas many in the press decried it as serious limitation on the ability to report on suspected criminality. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins, Success for claimant in Twitter libel case – Nathan Capone

11 03 2017

Food blogger and political activist Jack Monroe has won a defamation claim against Katie Hopkins in respect of two tweets published on Twitter (see the Inforrm case preview). Ms Monroe was awarded £24,000 in damages.  Judgment was handed down by Warby J on 10 March 2017 ([2017] EWHC 433 (QB)), Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Shakil-Ur-Rahman v ARY Network Limited, Claimant awarded “top bracket” defamation damages – Laura Parnell

16 12 2016

mir-shakeel-ur-rehman-geo-tv1The High Court has awarded Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, the Chief Executive of Pakistan’s largest media group, one of the highest compensatory awards granted in recent years following his defamation claim against ARY Network Limited (a UK broadcaster), and its Chief Operating Officer, Fayaz Ghafoor ([2016] EWHC 3110 (QB)). Read the rest of this entry »





Does Elena Ferrante have the right to anonymity? – Nathan Capone

7 10 2016

elena-ferranteAn Italian investigative journalist has recently claimed to have ‘unmasked’ the pseudonymous Elena Ferrante, the bestselling Italian author of the ‘Neapolitan quartet’ of novels. Ferrante has consistently guarded her real identity and has been writing under the pseudonym since 1992. This raises interesting questions in connection with privacy rights and whether it could be considered a breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights to reveal the name of an individual who otherwise wished to be anonymous. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Barron v Vines, How not to mitigate damages

5 06 2016

Caven VinesTwo Members of Parliament who brought a libel claim against an former UKIP councillor have been awarded £40,000 in damages each by the High Court. The judgment by Mr Justice Warby ([2016] EWHC 1226 (QB)) concerned only the assessment of damages following his judgment in July last year (covered in this blog post) which held that the defendant’s statements were defamatory. Read the rest of this entry »





The Panama Papers and the risk of defamation and breach of confidence – Nathan Capone

7 04 2016

Cassidy-Panama-Papers-American-Names-1200The recent publication of the ‘Panama Papers’ – 11.5 million files from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca revealing the details of the use of offshore tax havens by numerous individuals (including several politicians) and companies poses some immediate legal implications. Read the rest of this entry »





Bad Reputation: how can a claimant’s character affect damages for defamation? – Nathan Capone

25 10 2015

reputationIn the recent Australian case of Benyon v Manthey [2015] QDC 252 the District Court of Queensland awarded damages for defamation to the claimant but held that owing to the claimant’s character and reputation the damage caused by the defamatory statement “would be far less than a person without such a reputation“. Read the rest of this entry »