The Hilary legal term ended on Wednesday 23 March 2016 and the Easter term does not begin until Tuesday 5 April 2016. The High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court are on “vacation” over this period and Inforrm is taking a short Easter break. We will resume with a weekly round up next Monday.
We will however, continue to have the occasional post over the next week – catching up with some “Case Comments” and with news items. As usual, we invite posts from readers on “Media and Law” topics. Contact us via the Inforrm email:firstname.lastname@example.org. And please let us know by email if there are topics which you think we should be covering more (or less).
The Hilary Term has been a quiet one in English media law. There has been only one full libel trial, Stocker v Stocker (the judge awarded £5,000 damages which the claimant turned down). There was one “meaning hearing”, Hiranandani-Vandrevala v Times Newspapers Ltd ( EWHC 250 (QB)). There was only one statement in open court.
There was one privacy trial, Axon v Ministry of Defence, tried by Nicol J (judgment is awaited), one breach of confidence trial (Burrell v Clifford  EWHC 294 (Ch)) and one privacy injunction (PJS v News Group Newspapers).
The Supreme Court refused the media permission to appeal in two important media law cases: Mirror Phone Hacking and the Mail Children Paparazzi photographs case. The former decision has an immediate impact on the continuing phone hacking litigation both against Mirror Group (2nd Wave) and against News Group (Third Tranche).
The top ten posts of the term were as follows (in descending order)
- Case Law: PJS v News Group Newspapers, Court of Appeal grants privacy injunction – Sara Mansoori and Aidan Wills
- News: Daily Mail loses Human Rights Act challenge to CFA success fees and insurance premiums
- Media and Information Cases before the Appellate and European Courts in 2016
- How to avoid defamation – Steven Price
- News: EU agrees final text of General Data Protection Regulation
- Investigatory Powers Bill, Bulk Personal Datasets and the ‘Spectre’ of Pervasive Surveillance – Alison Knight
- Case Law: Theedom v Nourish Training Ltd, “serious harm to reputation” once again established by inference – Hugh Tomlinson QC
- News: UKIP Councillor loses bid to set aside summary judgment in child abuse scandal libel case
- ‘The Sun’ Misleads the Nation on Its Front Page About the Queen’s Views on the EU Referendum – Jonathan Coad
- Case Law, Strasbourg: Barbulescu v Romania, Surveillance of Internet Usage in the Workplace – Kate Richmond