Libel Juries: How Tim Yeo and Mr Justice Warby buried the Seven Bishops – Alan Richards

3 09 2014

The_Seven_Bishops_committed_to_the_Tower_in_1688_from_NPGIt is ironic – and perhaps a little shocking – that an early high-profile beneficiary of the abolition of the right for juries to try libel cases in England and Wales should be a Member of Parliament – one who will doubtless have supported the Defamation Act 2013 that removed the long-standing right. So, step forward Tim Yeo, who will not (thanks to the new law and a sympathetic judge) have 12 jurors facing him in court who need to be persuaded that he did not show willingness “to abuse his position in Parliament to further his own financial and business interests in preference to the public interest“.* Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Yeo v Times Newspapers, Judge dismisses Times application for jury trial and determines meaning – Media Lawyer

21 08 2014

Tim YeoIn a judgment handed down on 20 August 2014 in the case Yeo v Times Newspapers ([2014] EWHC 2853 (QB)) Mr Justice Warby decided that the trial of a defamation action brought against the Sunday Times by senior Conservative MP Tim Yeo will take place without a jury.  The Judge dismissed an application by the newspaper’s publisher, Times Newspaper Ltd, for a jury trial.  He went on to determine the meaning of the words complained of. Read the rest of this entry »





Tulisa, Mercer and Yeo: the Journalistic Sting and the Public Interest

26 07 2013

TulisaOver the past couple of months the tabloids, the broadsheets and the broadcasters have been entertaining us with “journalistic sting” stories.  Politicians and celebrities have been caught out by fictitious lobbying companies and the “fake sheikh”. Read the rest of this entry »