The Muslim Foster Carer Case: the final chapter – Transparency Project Reporting Watch

19 09 2018

Last autumn we covered the so-called ‘muslim foster carer’ case, over a number of blog posts (you can find those posts here). Last week, just as we’d given up hope of ever finding out what happened to the little girl at the heart of the case, the judgment is out. Or, to be precise – Tower Hamlets have provided selected journalists with a copy of an authorised summary of the judgment. (We know at least one journalist who has been hammering on the door of every judge he can think of to try and get this flipping summary. Our own email to the judicial press office went unanswered). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Burki v. Seventy Thirty Ltd, Plenty of fish, too little caviar – Barbara Rich

1 09 2018

The case of Burki v. Seventy Thirty Ltd, Seventy Thirty Ltd [2018] EWHC 2151 (QB) offers a vivid glimpse into the real-life world of “Wry Society”, a regular feature in the Financial Times How to Spend Itmagazine, which holds a mirror up to its readership by satirising the tastes and foibles of High Net Worth Individuals in pursuit of expensively “curated” lifestyles. Read the rest of this entry »





Press regulation: the end of the road for Leveson reforms – Paul Magrath

5 03 2018

On 1 March 2018 the government announced that it would not be proceeding with the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry, and would seek to repeal section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. This post explains the background to that decision and assesses where that leaves us with press regulation. Read the rest of this entry »





Comment: New approach to media cases at the Royal Courts of Justice a welcome development – Judith Townend

28 02 2018

In 2012 Mr Justice Tugendhat, ahead of his retirement in 2014, made a plea for more media specialist barristers and solicitors to consider a judicial role: “As the recruiting posters put it: Your country needs you.Read the rest of this entry »





Media and Communications List User Group Meeting: 15 February 2018 – Paul Magrath

22 02 2018

The Queen’s Bench Division Media and Communications List User Group (MACLUG) met again on 15 February to discuss progress since its inaugural meeting on 7 November 2017 (see our earlier post Media Litigation: a new approach). Read the rest of this entry »





Crisis in Our Courts and How to Solve it – Transparency Project Reporting Watch

25 01 2018

That was the name of a seminar organised by the Society of Editors and hosted at the offices of the Telegraph Group in London, on 18 January 2018. But the crisis of the title seemed to have more to do with the state of local journalism and the decline of the local press, rather than anything happening in the courts. Read the rest of this entry »





The open justice principle: a child’s crimes and a parent’s misdemeanour – David Burrows

5 01 2018

What legal principles connect publicity for the 17 year-old Charlie Pearce (born 3 July 2000), a double rapist and attempt murderer (R v Pearce (Press Restrictions) Haddon-Cave J (7 December 2017)) and privacy for a stalking mother who, with her cohabitant (‘Mr JM’) tried to disrupt her 10 year-old daughter T’s foster placement (Re T (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1889 (23 November 2017)). Read the rest of this entry »





Media and Communications List: a new approach to media litigation – Paul Magrath

6 12 2017

Earlier this year Mr Justice Warby was appointed to the newly created role of Judge in Charge of the Media and Communications List. We look at what this means in practice and how it will affect the future management of High Court media claims. Read the rest of this entry »





Legal bloggers reporting the family courts: a level playing field? – Lucy Reed

21 11 2017

In August THAT Muslim foster carer story hit the press (‘Christian child forced into foster care’, The Times, 28 August 2017). The Times journalist Andrew Norfolk, lauded for his expose of the Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal, was the subject of trenchant criticism for what was widely perceived as anti-Islamic coverage of a case involving a white Christian child placed with (it was said) Muslim foster carers who did not speak English and who withheld a crucifix and spaghetti carbonara from the child. Read the rest of this entry »





The muslim foster carer case again: what else has emerged? – Family Courts Reporting Watch

11 10 2017

We have covered the case originally headlined “Christian child forced into foster care” on a number of occasions. Our earlier posts can be found here : Read the rest of this entry »