Phone Hacking: Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman to face re-trial – Martin Hickman

30 06 2014

coulsongoodmanAndy Coulson, former award-winning editor of the News of the World, is to face a re-trial over allegations he approved cash bribes to “palace cops” to obtain copies of phone directories for the Royal Family, the Old Bailey heard today. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: A Hacking Alphabet – Emily Penink

30 06 2014

2014-02-24During the eight months of the Phone Hacking Trial there were many interesting and entertaining moments and nuggets of information about the defendants and their newspapers were made public. Emily Penink of the Press Association has gathered twenty six of them into an A-Z of some memorable moments in the hacking trial. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 30 June 2014

30 06 2014

Media and Law RoundupThe Phone Hacking Trial has finally come to an end, after 8 months, with one guilty verdict (against Andrew Coulson).  The jury were unable to agree on two charges (against Andrew Coulson and Clive Goodman).   The other five defendants – Rebekah Brooks, Stuart Kuttner, Charlie Brooks, Cheryl  Carter and Mark Hanna – we acquitted on all charges. The CPS will announce, later today, whether they will seek a retrial of Messrs Coulson and Goodman on the two outstanding charges. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, R (T) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, Criminal record check regime incompatible with Article 8 – Anita Davies

29 06 2014

cbr_2433751bOn 18 June 2014 the Supreme Court handed down judgment in R (T) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] UKSC 35. The case concerns the mechanism governing criminal records checks (‘CRCs’) and enhanced criminal record checks (‘ECRCs’), and what an applicant is required to disclose to a potential employer. As such, the case has important ramifications for both employers and job applicants. It is also the latest development in a long running saga concerning criminal record checks and an individual’s ability, and indeed right, to put the past behind them. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: Three Important Recent Developments in relation to Press Regulation

28 06 2014

opinion_pollThe news this week has been dominated by the verdicts in the phone hacking trial at the Old Bailey.  But there have been three important developments this week in relation to press regulation which have not received much in the way of media coverage. Read the rest of this entry »





A “Super-right” to Data Protection? The Irish Facebook Case and the Future of EU Data Transfer Regulation – Christopher Kuner

28 06 2014

Christopher KunerThe Court of Justice of the European Union has yet another data protection case on its docket, this time involving the transfer of data by Facebook from the EU to the US. Christopher Kuner Brussels-based Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen and Visiting Fellow in LSE’s Department of Law, explains what is at stake. He argues that, since invalidating the EU’s Data Retention Directive earlier this year, the Court seems increasingly to consider data protection a “super-right” and should not forget the need to balance with freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »





The Meaning of the Hacking Trial, a free press would be a really good idea – Des Freedman

27 06 2014

Press on SaleWhen asked what he thought of western civilisation, the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi replied that ‘I think it would be a great idea’. The verdicts handed down from the phone hacking trial together with the information contained during the eight months at the Old Bailey suggest pretty much the same thing. We need a free and fearless press because we certainly don’t appear to have one now. Read the rest of this entry »