Case Law: Ali v Channel 5, Can’t pay? Court of Appeal does not take claimants’ damages away (but neither will it increase them) – Tom Double

24 04 2019

In Ali & Anor v Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 677, the Court of Appeal considered whether countervailing privacy and the public interest/freedom of expression rights had been properly balanced, together with the appropriate award of privacy damages arising from footage of an eviction shown on Channel 5, the Defendant in this action. Read the rest of this entry »





An allegation of dishonesty: A statement of fact or the expression of opinion? – Tom Double

6 03 2019

In a number of recent libel cases, the court has encouraged parties to apply prior to the service of a defence for a preliminary issue trial where the meaning of the words complained of is in dispute. Read the rest of this entry »





Why Lord Hain was wrong to disclose Sir Philip Green’s name – Tom Double

29 10 2018

Lord Hain’s decision to name Sir Philip Green in the House of Lords as the individual who obtained an interim-injunction against the Daily Telegraph has polarised opinion.  Read the rest of this entry »





The misreporting of Max Mosley’s DPA claim against the press – Iain Wilson and Tom Double

28 03 2018

It was reported last month in various newspapers that Max Mosley, the Former Formula One boss, has threatened to issue legal proceedings against The Daily MailThe TimesThe Sun and The Daily Mirror in respect of articles that he claims breach the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”).  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: David v Hosany, Cogent evidence required to defeat the qualified privilege defence – Tom Double

16 12 2017

In the case of David v Hosany [2017] EWHC 2787 (QB), His Honour Judge Moloney QC considered a libel claim brought by the claimant, a Governor of the East London Foundation NHS Trust, in respect of three publications by the defendant, another Governor of the same Trust. These publications alleged that the claimant had intimidated and harassed the defendant, with two of the publications containing allegations of sexual harassment. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Singh v Weayou, £25,000 libel damages for malicious complaint to employer – Tom Double

18 08 2017

In Singh v Weayou [2017] EWHC 2102 (QB), the Claimant Keith Singh, a Night Services Coordinator at the Priory Hospital in Roehampton, sued the Defendant Joseph Weayou, a Health Care Assistant at the same hospital, for libel and malicious falsehood in respect of an email Mr Weayou had sent on 24 August 2015 to the HR Manager and a senior manager at the hospital. Read the rest of this entry »





Ten Years of Facebook: Where is the “Twibel” equivalent and why Zuckerberg’s creation is different (if, indeed, it is)? – Rhory Robertson and Tom Double

8 03 2014

Facebook logo reflected in eyeLast month, Facebook celebrated its tenth birthday. The customised 10 year anniversary videos shared by many Facebook users, reflecting their (largely positive) experiences since joining the site, paint a rosy picture of the company’s first decade. Read the rest of this entry »





Twitter still to grasp the nettle? – Rhory Robertson and Tom Double

31 01 2014

TwitterIt was not so long ago that we wrote that Twitter appeared to be grasping the nettle and taking its role as a responsible social media platform seriously. However, Twitter’s abject failure to deal with the recent abuse levelled at Stan Collymore, an ex-premiership footballer, suggests our assessment might have been ill-judged. Read the rest of this entry »





Inertia over: How twitter is now grasping the nettle – Rhory Robertson and Tom Double

17 01 2014

TwitterBefore the Christmas break, twitter indicated how it intends to tackle two of its main challenges in 2014, namely: trolls and the spread of false information.  This article provides a brief summary of these strategies (one of which was disclosed by a leak) and comments on their effectiveness.   Read the rest of this entry »





Think before you tweet. Will Old Holborn ever learn? – Rhory Robertson and Tom Double

20 11 2013

Old HolbornTweeting under the pseudonym “Old Holborn”, Robert Ambridge actively seeks controversy. The self-professed “‘leave me alone’ pioneer type Libertarian” was recently the subject of a CPS investigation following his decision to post a picture of two overweight women on Twitter and callously state that they were the reason for the Hillsborough Disaster. Read the rest of this entry »