Case Law: Lord Sheikh v Associated Newspapers, allegation of “Strong grounds to suspect” anti-Semitism – Callum Galbraith and Olivia Biggin

5 11 2019

On 4 November 2019 Warby J gave judgment in the case of Lord Sheikh v Associated Newspapers [2019] EWHC 2947 (QB) finding that a MailOnline article made a defamatory allegation against the the claimant, a Conservative Member of the House of Lords. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Comment: Advertising Standards Authority v Mitchell, the Perils of the Misdirected Email – Oscar Davies

3 07 2019

The case of Advertising Standards Authority v Mitchell ([2019] EWHC 1469 (QB)) deals with the problem of a misdirected email.  We have all sent an email to the wrong person, realising only moments after sending it.  Warby J considers the perils of such a situation, and how the court may step in if the receiving party refuses to undertake not to use the information. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Price v MGN, “Disgraced” chief constable’s libel claim not an abuse – Mathilde Groppo

14 11 2018

On 8 November 2018, Mr Justice Warby handed down judgment in the case of Price v MGN Ltd [2018] EWHC 3014 (QB). The proceedings relate to three articles (copies of which are annexed [pdf] to the judgment) which made serious imputations about the Claimant’s alleged participation in the illegal accessing of the mobile phone records of journalists who were investigating him when he was the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police (the “Interception Meanings”). Read the rest of this entry »





Comment: New approach to media cases at the Royal Courts of Justice a welcome development – Judith Townend

28 02 2018

In 2012 Mr Justice Tugendhat, ahead of his retirement in 2014, made a plea for more media specialist barristers and solicitors to consider a judicial role: “As the recruiting posters put it: Your country needs you.Read the rest of this entry »





Case Preview: NT1 v Google LLC (ICO intervening), The First “Right to be Forgotten” trial – Aidan Wills

27 02 2018

Today sees the start of the first High Court trial to address the application of the right to be forgotten (“RTBF”) as articulated by the CJEU in C‑131/12 Google Spain v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos & Mario Costeja González (“Google Spain”). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: GYH v Persons Unknown, Interim injunction to restrain campaign of vilification – Suneet Sharma

17 01 2018

In the case of GYH v Persons Unknown ([2017] EWHC 3360 (QB)) Warby J granted an interim non-disclosure order to  a sex worker.  The case engages a wide range of significant legal issues including venue jurisdiction, claims against Persons Unknown, the right to privacy despite prior disclosures and the assessment of concurrent actions in defamation and harassment. Read the rest of this entry »





Media and Communications List: Consultation Report

4 07 2017

On 28 June 2017  Mr Jusice Warby issue a report on the Media  and Communications List Consultation.  This dealt with the  responses to the Consultation carried out in May 2017. Read the rest of this entry »





How Twitter Works – Appendix to the Judgment in Monroe v Hopkins

12 03 2017

This is the Appendix to the Judgment in Monroe v Hopkins, handed down on 10 March 2017.  It provides a very useful short summary of the workings of Twitter for those who are unfamiliar with the way in which it operates. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: DMK v News Group, QB judge grants injunction and order anonymising ChD proceedings – Jayne Owens

4 06 2016

Female SilhouetteIn DMK v News Group Newspapers Ltd, ([2016] EWHC 1646 (QB)) Warby J, sitting in the Queen’s Bench Division, has granted two orders designed to prevent the public identification of a defendant in an on-going matter in the Chancery Division. Read the rest of this entry »





News: UKIP MEP fails in attempt to rely on European Parliamentary immunity to avoid English libel action. [Update2: Stay now granted]

17 05 2016

Jane Collins

Jane Collins, the UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, has failed in her attempt to stay a libel action by relying on the “Privileges and Immunities of the European Union“. [Update] The stay was granted today after the President of the Parliament wrote to the court (see the end of this post). Read the rest of this entry »