Right of audience denied: McKenzie Friend not allowed to speak for litigant who was ‘well able to speak on her own behalf’ – Paul Magrath

9 07 2020

The recent case of Ameyaw v McGoldrick [2020] EWHC 1741 (QB) offers a cautionary tale about McKenzie Friends and what they can and can’t do for you in court. In this case the judge, Mrs Justice Steyn, refused to allow the McKenzie Friend to make oral submissions on behalf of the claimant, saying the claimant was a well-educated intelligent woman who had extensive experience of litigation, and was perfectly capable of speaking for herself. Read the rest of this entry »





IPSO: 296 days to correct a factual inaccuracy, effective press regulation? – FCReportingWatch

23 06 2020

296 days ago, on 27 August 2019, the Daily Express published an inaccurate article in the print edition of their paper. On 18 June 2020 they have published a correction because the regulator IPSO required this. For those who are interested, we saved the original Express article here. Read the rest of this entry »





Interim privacy injunctions: a change in the rules to improve the recording of data – Paul Magrath

10 01 2020

In 2017 a new list was created in the Queen’s Bench Division, to be known as the Media and Communications List, and Mr Justice Warby, a media law specialist, was put in charge of it. Read the rest of this entry »






IPSO upholds complaint against The Times in the Muslim Foster Carer Case – Transparency Project

1 05 2018

Last year The Times ran a number of leading articles criticising the arrangements for the care of a young girl placed in foster care by Tower Hamlets council, with a focus on the religious background and practices of the foster carer and their ability to speak English. Read the rest of this entry »





Journalism, Judges and Justice: a crisis in court reporting? – Paul Magrath

27 04 2018

A report on Open Justice from the Chartered Institute of Journalists warns of “an unprecedented, and sustained, attack on the journalism profession, which has taken a toll on our ability to cover courts, and report on their function”. Its author is Tim Crook, Vice President of the CIOJ and Professor of Media Law at Goldsmiths. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy and the Princess: Publication of Information about Settlement Offers – Transparency Project Reporting Watch

17 12 2017

Once upon a time, His Royal Highness Louis Xavier Marie Guillauime, Prince of Luxembourg, Prince of Nassau and Prince of Bourbon-Parma married Tessy Antony, now Her Royal Highness Tessy Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Bourbon-Parma. Unfortunately, they did not live happily ever after, as, after 11 years of marriage and two children, they are now divorcing in the High Court in London. Read the rest of this entry »





The most secretive court in all of Christendom – Transparency Project Reporting Watch

1 09 2017

Recent coverage of the placement of a 5 year old Christian girl with a muslim foster family that spoke no English has generated much outrage and media attention this week. But as more information emerges it is becoming clear that things are more complex and less clear cut than the headlines and the coverage has suggested. No surprise there then. Read the rest of this entry »





Achievement unlocked: Our experience of the IPSO process – Transparency Project

3 08 2017

The Independent Press Standards Organisation have recently published the “Resolution Statement” in respect of our complaint about an article by The Telegraph’s Christopher Booker regarding Court of Protection proceedings concerning the now deceased brother of Teresa Kirk, Manuel Martins. Read the rest of this entry »





Where did all the privacy injunctions go? A response to the Queen’s Bench ‘Media List’ consultation – Judith Townend

31 05 2017

According to the latest official statistics on privacy injunctions in January to December 2016 there were just three proceedings where the High Court considered an application for a new interim privacy injunction. Two were granted, one was refused. Read the rest of this entry »