Sir Cliff Richard v the BBC: privacy rights and criminal investigations – Tom Rudkin

20 06 2017

The helicopter images broadcast as police raided Sir Cliff Richard’s home in Sunningdale were unquestionably one of the most controversial news segments of 2014.  The case highlights the issue of privacy rights in criminal investigations. Read the rest of this entry »





Off the rails: Branson v Corbyn in #traingate – Tom Rudkin and Owen O’Rorke

1 09 2016

Jeremy CorbynAs the “#traingate” juggernaut gathered pace along the tracks of political intrigue, some may have missed the ICO’s announcement that it is investigating Virgin Trains’ decision to release CCTV footage of the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn walking through carriages on the 11am from London to Newcastle. The investigation seems to have been prompted by a complaint from Mr Corbyn’s camp. Read the rest of this entry »





A time to reflect: the serious harm test – Oliver Lock and Tom Rudkin

31 07 2016

Defamation ActOn 1 January 2014, the Defamation Act 2013 came into force in England and Wales, introducing a series of new provisions applicable to the law of libel and slander. Of greatest interest was Section 1 of the Act, the “serious harm” requirement. This introduced a new hurdle for persons and businesses wanting to bring a claim for defamation.

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Defamation Act 2013: You cannot be serious – Tom Rudkin

3 03 2016

Defamation ActOn 1 January 2014, the Defamation Act 2013 came into force in England and Wales, introducing a series of new provisions applicable to the law of libel and slander.  Cue a frenzy of speculation among media and reputation management lawyers as to how the new Act would be interpreted by the courts and, more importantly, what impact it would have for those seeking to protect their reputations in the face of false and damaging allegations. Read the rest of this entry »