News: Retired police officer Gordon Anglesea convicted of sex abuse offences 22 years after recovering libel damages for allegations of paedophilia

23 10 2016

angleseaOn 21 October 2016, retired police chief superintendent and former libel litigant Gordon Anglesea was convicted of historic allegations of child sex abuse.  He was convicted of indecently assaulting one man when he was a boy at a house in Mold in the 1980s.   Read the rest of this entry »

Matrix Chambers and A4ID release online training course on defamation law

18 10 2016

Matrixa4idtwitter_-_high_res_-_squared_offMatrix Chambers and Advocates for International Development (A4ID) have developed an online training course on defamation law in England & Wales, which is freely available here. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Melania Trump issues English libel proceedings against the Daily Mail

11 10 2016

melania-trumpMelania Trump, the wife of the controversial US Presidential candidate has issued libel proceedings in London against the Daily Mail over an article it published on 20 August 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Supreme Court CFA appeals to be heard over 3 days in January 2017

4 10 2016

uksccrest2_400x400The joined appeals in Flood v Times Newspapers and Miller v Associated Newspapers in which the press arguing that CFA success fees and ATE insurance are contrary to Article 10 have been listed for a three day hearing on 24, 25 and 26 January 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Bukovsky v CPS, Soviet dissident fails in trial of meaning against CPS – Max Campbell

30 09 2016

_82597606_vladimirbukovskyIn Bukovsky v Crown Prosecution Service ([2016] EWHC 1926 (QB)), a Soviet dissident resident in England, was suing the Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’), the principal public prosecuting authority in England and Wales, for libel, misfeasance in public office, and breach of the Human Rights Act concerning a press release announcing that he was to be prosecuted for a number of criminal offences.  The action came before Warby J for a preliminary trial as to the meaning of the words complained of. Read the rest of this entry »

Ireland: Reform of the law of defamation – the defence of innocent publication (Muwema v Facebook part 2) – Eoin O’Dell

29 09 2016

innocent_moonlit_night_1929_by_harue_kogaThe decision of Binchy J in Muwema v Facebook Ireland Ltd [2016] IEHC 519 (23 August 2016) demonstrates that, on the question of the liability of internet intermediaries for defamatory posts on their platforms, an important part of the answer is provided by application of the defence of innocent publication provided in section 27 of the Defamation Act 2009 (also here). Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Economou v de Freitas, Is it interesting? New judgment considers the scope of the ‘public interest’ defence – Oliver Lock

28 09 2016

EconomouThe case of Economou v de Freitas ([2016] EWHC 1853 (QB)) was the first case to substantively consider in detail the new “public interest” defence since the Defamation Act 2013 came into force, clarifying that the Court will place a great deal of weight on whether the Defendant “reasonably believed” the publication was in the public interest and not just on whether it was a general matter of public interest. Read the rest of this entry »