HMRC Leak Trial: “Money no object for the Sun”, court hears

31 10 2014

sun-getcccctyAn HMRC source paid over £17,000 for confidential information by a Sun journalist claimed to have received a full copy of the budget. The prosecution told the jury that it was a “grubby relationship based on greed”.

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Blocking Injunctions and the Court’s unlimited jurisdiction to make orders – Hugh Tomlinson QC

30 10 2014

court-injunctionsThe recent “blocking injunction” decision of Mr Justice Arnold in Cartier International and Others v. BSkyB and others [2014] EWHC 3354 (Ch) has attracted considerable comment from intellectual property lawyers [1] but also contains a discussion of the Court’s jurisdiction to grant injunctions which is of general application and is potentially useful to media lawyers. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 27 October 2014

27 10 2014

Media and Law RoundupThe settlement of the only privacy trial listed for this legal term was announced yesterday. Express Newspapers has apologised unreservedly and paid damages to Mike Tindall, husband of Zara Phillips.  As we reported  in our Michaelmas Round Up, the case was due to be tried on 10 November 2014.

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Google, Data Protection and de-indexing: the misconceived attempt to exempt Google.com

23 10 2014

GoogleGoogle has recently confirmed that it is refusing to extend its “de-indexing” procedures following the Google Spain decision to Google.com.  This position is legally indefensible and is likely to be challenged in an EU court in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »





Lights, Camera, Oscar!*: Did Judge Masipa find in her judgment that the broadcast led to an unfair trial? – Dario Milo and Stuart Scott

21 10 2014

Judge Thokozile Masipa has, today, sentenced Oscar Pistorius to 5 years’ imprisonment in respect of his conviction for culpable homicide. Judge Masipa’s judgment in respect of the conviction, handed down last month, led to a sea of divided opinion. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 20 October 2014

20 10 2014

New Round UpThe trial of six senior staff and journalists from the Sun began last week at the Kingston Crown Court.  There are nine counts on the indictment against the journalists: Chris Pharo, Jamie Pyatt, Graham Dudman, Ben O’Driscoll, Jamie Pyatt and John Troup. In addition, former Surrey police officer Simon Quinn is charged with misconduct in a public office. The full charges can be found here.   Read the rest of this entry »





News: Government announces new “revenge porn” legislation – Alexia Bedat

15 10 2014

revenge-porn-pink-methRevenge porn – the distribution of a private sexual image of someone without their consent and with the intention of causing them distress – will become a specific offence under the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill (“the Bill”), currently going through Parliament.

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