Distinguishing harm from misuse in privacy law: Khuja v Times Newspapers – Paul Wragg

22 07 2017

The long-awaited judgment in Khuja (formerly known as PNM) v Times Newspapers Limited is the right decision.  But it was not unanimously decided.  It is on the dissenting judgments of Lords Kerr and Wilson that this post focuses.  Read the rest of this entry »





Press companies ask Supreme Court to ensure only millionaires can sue them – Brian Cathcart

30 01 2017

Press on SaleSometimes, even after all these years of press lies and hypocrisy, the shamelessness of the big British newspaper companies can still take the breath away. Last week lawyers for the Murdoch, Mirror and Mail papers complained to the Supreme Court that costs in some media cases amounted to a ‘legal casino’ in which the bills could be so high that there was a ‘chilling effect’ on journalism. As a result, they argued, freedom of expression was endangered. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Preview: PNM v Times Newspapers, Open justice and the privacy of suspects – Hugh Tomlinson QC

14 01 2017

830thetimesOn 17 and 18 January 2017, a seven judge Supreme Court will hear the claimant’s appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of PNM v Times Newspapers ([2014] EWCA Civ 1132).  Read the rest of this entry »





News: Statement in Open Court, Times apologises to Hodge Jones & Allen and agrees to pay damages

26 11 2014

Office_0On Monday 24 November 2014, the well-known London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen LLP (“HJA”) received an apology and substantial damages from The Times following the publication in June 2014 of a front page article in which the newspaper claimed the firm was being sued by a former client for negligence in relation to a MMR vaccine claim. Read the rest of this entry »





The Times, Police Hacking and the Loophole that never was – Evan Harris

22 10 2014

The_Times_20_10_2014On 20 October 2014 The Times had an alarming front page story with the headline “Police use loophole to hack phones and email” [£]. It was said that the police were “hacking” into hundreds of people’s voicemails, text messages and emails, using a “loophole” in surveillance laws. The complaint was that, instead of obtaining a warrant from the Home Secretary, the police were “getting round the rules” – by obtaining a production order from a Judge. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: PNM v Times Newspapers, Open justice and reporting information about a suspect – Hugh Tomlinson QC [Updated]

5 08 2014

Central Criminal CourtThe Court of Appeal has dismissed the claimant’s appeal in the case of PNM v Times Newspapers ([2014] EWCA Civ 1132) holding that, on the basis of the “open justice principle”, information mentioned in open court concerning a person who was arrested but not charged could be reported.  Read the rest of this entry »