News: Serious harm, Court of Appeal gives permission to appeal in Lachaux

24 01 2016

Royal-Courts-of-JusticeThe Court of Appeal has given permission to appeal to each of the three defendants against the decision of Warby J in the case of Lachaux v Independent Print ([2015] EWHC 2242 (QB)). Read the rest of this entry »





News: Former MP Tim Yeo loses libel action against the Sunday Times – Harry Kinmonth

25 11 2015

high_courtThe High Court has today dismissed an action by Tim Yeo, the former MP for South Suffolk and Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, against Times Newspapers Limited in an important judgment on the Reynolds defence and the scope of politicians’ Article 8 rights ([2015] EWHC 3375 (QB)). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Preview: Yeo v Times Newspapers, Trial of former MP’s libel claim against Sunday Times begins on 12 October 2015

11 10 2015

YeoThe trial of the case of Yeo v Times Newspapers begins before Mr Justice Warby tomorrow, 12 October 2015.  It is listed for 7 days.  As appears from our review of the 2014-2015 legal year, this is the first libel trial in a case involving in the media this calendar year. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Barron MP v Collins, the approach to meaning in a political speech case – Sara Mansoori

27 05 2015

Rotherham MPsPreliminary hearings on meaning are becoming the norm in defamation actions, as parties view them as a relatively cheap and efficient way of determining a key issue at the outset. In Barron MP & Others v Jane Collins MEP [2015] EWHC 1125 (QB), three Labour MPs for constituencies in the Rotherham area brought a libel action against a UKIP candidate over a speech she made at the UKIP Conference. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Simpson v MGN Limited and Ward: gradations of infidelity and the importance of ‘established family units’ – Sara Mansoori

28 01 2015

Danny SimpsonAn allegation of infidelity is defamatory, but an allegation of infidelity which imperils or destroys a home and family unit is particularly disreputable. This was the position adopted by Danny Simpson, the Premier League footballer, at the trial of a preliminary issue on meaning in respect of an article published in the Daily Mirror in November 2012. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Yeo v Times Newspapers, Judge dismisses Times application for jury trial and determines meaning – Media Lawyer

21 08 2014

Tim YeoIn a judgment handed down on 20 August 2014 in the case Yeo v Times Newspapers ([2014] EWHC 2853 (QB)) Mr Justice Warby decided that the trial of a defamation action brought against the Sunday Times by senior Conservative MP Tim Yeo will take place without a jury.  The Judge dismissed an application by the newspaper’s publisher, Times Newspaper Ltd, for a jury trial.  He went on to determine the meaning of the words complained of. Read the rest of this entry »