Case Law: Zac Goldsmith and others v BCD – privacy injunctions and return dates – Hugh Tomlinson QC

22 03 2011

Judgment was handed down today in the privacy case of Zac Goldsmith and others v BCD ([2011] EWHC 674 (QB)).  The case provides some interesting guidance how to deal with return dates for privacy injunctions.  The original injunctions had been granted in December 2008 (“the 2008 Orders”) after someone had hacked into the claimants’ email accounts and sent what purported to be personal information to a journalist.  Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: “Defamation: clarification or negotiation?” – Daithí Mac Síthigh

22 03 2011

The draft Defamation Bill has provoked a range of responses, including those of Dominic Crossley and my colleague Alastair Mullis published here on Inforrm.  However, my take on this draft is that it could be characterised as a missed opportunity, being a clarification of the law rather than a serious project to assess the form and purpose of defamation law in the UK (in most cases, England and Wales only).  My suggestions for what could have improved this draft (or could yet improve the process) are about comparative law, media regulation, and the Internet. A draft Bill is an opportunity to break out of the claim and counter-claim that have characterised the libel reform debate to date, but will this Bill really deliver such a reassessment? Read the rest of this entry »