World Check Database: due diligence or blacklist? – Tamsin Allen

27 09 2016

world-checkOne day, your bank writes to you saying that you have fallen outside its risk appetite and your accounts are being closed. You ring the bank manager to ask why and he says there is nothing he can tell you. You try to open a bank account elsewhere and are told you can’t be accepted as a customer.  Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook’s algorithms give it more editorial responsibility, not less – Ansgar Koene

16 09 2016

facebookRecent criticism of Facebook for removing a post containing the iconic image of a naked girl during the Vietnam War isn’t the first time it has been accused of censorship. Yet at the same time, it is regularly rebuked for failing to remove quickly enough hateful, illegal or inappropriate material, most recently by the German government. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking: News International Executives Myler and Crone misled House of Commons committee

15 09 2016

myler-and-croneThe House of Commons Committee of Privileges has found that former News of the World editor Colin Myler and former Legal Manager Tom Crone misled the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee when giving evidence about phone hacking. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Supreme Court gives Mail permission to appeal in human rights challenge to CFAs

5 09 2016

UKSC-exteriorOn 2 August 2016, the Supreme Court (Lords Mance, Clarke and Wilson) gave the Daily Mail permission to appeal [pdf] in the case of Miller v Associated Newspapers Ltd, a human rights challenge to CFA success fees and ATE insurance. Read the rest of this entry »





The View from the Daily Mail: Squandering and other lost opportunities – Sarah Phillimore

2 09 2016

Daily_Mail_clock,_closeupIt is always illuminating to run things through the Daily Mail translator. It is a great shame that one of the most widely read newspapers in the UK persists in journalism which at best is click bait, at worst actively dishonest and agenda led. Of particular concern to family lawyers is that agenda currently appears to be an attack on legal aid for parents in care cases. Read the rest of this entry »





Off the rails: Branson v Corbyn in #traingate – Tom Rudkin and Owen O’Rorke

1 09 2016

Jeremy CorbynAs the “#traingate” juggernaut gathered pace along the tracks of political intrigue, some may have missed the ICO’s announcement that it is investigating Virgin Trains’ decision to release CCTV footage of the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn walking through carriages on the 11am from London to Newcastle. The investigation seems to have been prompted by a complaint from Mr Corbyn’s camp. Read the rest of this entry »





What’s up with WhatsApp? – Dina Shiloh

28 08 2016

WhatsAppOver a billion people around the world use the app WhatsApp, which allows users to send messages, make telephone calls and send videos and photographs over internet connections.   Read the rest of this entry »