Case Law: JXMX (A Child) v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust: Anonymity issue “needs Court of Appeal view” – Media Lawyer

27 12 2013

taysilhouetteThe Court of Appeal should deal with the issue of how judges should approach the applications for anonymity which are increasingly being made in cases involving settlements of claims such as medical negligence cases, according to a senior judge. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Judicial Appointments Commission seeks specialist defamation judge

17 10 2013

JAC_RGB (1)The Judicial Appointments Commission has, this week, advertised 9 vacancies for High Court Judges – eight Queen’s Bench Division and one Family Division.  One of the eight Queen’s Bench vacancies is for a “specialist in defamation“. The closing date is 4 November 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Judge rejects call to step down from Cruddas Libel Trial

27 06 2013

Peter CruddasThe judge whose decision on meaning in the libel battle between former Tory co-treasurer Peter Cruddas and the Sunday Times was partially overturned by the Court of Appeal has rejected an application by the newspaper that he should let another judge conduct the trial of the case. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Cruddas v Calvert, Sunday Times appeal allowed in part, no allegation of criminal corruption

21 06 2013

Peter CruddasThe Court of Appeal have allowed the appeal of the Sunday Times in the libel case brought former Conservative Party Treasurer, Peter Cruddas ([2013] EWCA Civ 748) against the ruling of Mr Justice Tugendhat that the published articles made an allegation of corruption contrary to the criminal law ([2013] EWHC 1427 (QB)).  The Court set aside the orders striking out the defence of justification and entering judgment for the claimant.  The trial will now have to proceed. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Comment: Ontulmus v Collett, Corporate Reputations – Sara Mansoori

4 06 2013

KaiserWerft-Al-Thurayya-IIIn Ontumulus v Collett ([2013] EWHC 980 (QB)) a Turkish Yacht company and a German Yacht company, together with Mr Ontulmus, who was a shareholder in the Turkish company and a consultant to both companies, sued the defendants in England in respect of five emails which were alleged to have been read in Germany and Switzerland.  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: ZAM v CFW, Court awards anonymity for victim of libellous “paedophile” allegations – Rosalind English

27 04 2013

How-to-Remove-Online-Defamation-Review-Using-Legal-Action-2The permanent damage that internet publications can inflict is very much the focus of Tugendhat J’s assessment of damages in the case of ZAM v CFW & Anor [2013] EWHC 662 (QB), encapsulated in the memorable description he quoted in an earlier judgment: “what is to be found on the internet may become like a tattoo“. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Ambrosiadou v Coward: Final Injunctions and Third Parties – Sara Mansoori

2 02 2013

AmbrosiadouOne aspect of the long running, international litigation between Elena Ambrosiadou and Martin Coward has finally come to an end with Mr Coward agreeing to submit to a permanent injunction and to pay £50,000 in damages to settle the privacy proceedings brought against him by his former wife. Ms Ambrosiadou’s Press Release and the Statement in Open Court can be read here. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Joseph v Spiller, Are Nominal Damages Appropriate When the Court is Deceived? – Hugh Tomlinson QC

13 11 2012

The libel case of Joseph v Spiller has been remarkable in a number of ways.  It arose out of a publication on the defendants’ website for 6 weeks in April and May 2007 and, again on a limited basis in 2008.  The claim was issued in May 2008 and, after a trip to the Supreme Court, was eventually tried by Mr Justice Tugendhat on 15 to 18 October 2012.  Read the rest of this entry »





News: Mr Justice Tugendhat’s speech on specialist media law judges – Gervase de Wilde

3 10 2012

Mr Justice Tugendhat, the judge in charge of the jury list and the de facto chief media judge in England and Wales, has delivered a lecture on the role of specialist judges in deciding cases in the field. The Judge was giving the keynote address, to an audience of media lawyers and others, at the 5RB Media and Entertainment Law Conference in London on Thursday 27 September 2012. Read the rest of this entry »





Analysis: Privacy cases re-visited, a year on from Super Injunction Spring – Judith Townend

7 08 2012

A year on from the introduction of the Master of the Rolls’ Practice Guidance, six privacy injunctions have been discharged, but with the claimant’s anonymity maintained in each case. The British media, however, hasn’t had much to say. Read the rest of this entry »








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