Northern Ireland: Reform of the law of defamation, the defence of honest opinion – Eoin O’Dell

20 07 2016

honest_opinionIn Northern Ireland, the Minister for Finance has just published a Review of the Law of Defamation, prepared for it by Andrew Scott (Associate Professor of Law, LSE). Prof Scott had prepared a consultation paper for the Northern Ireland Law Commission (NILC) in November 2014. The consultation period closed on 20 February 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





Gazette of Law and Journalism Interview: Matt Collins QC

8 07 2016

gazetteTeaching academic, author of acclaimed defamation law textbooks, leading media law barrister in Australia and the UK, Dr Matt Collins QC packs a lot into his day … He agreed to spare some of his time to discuss defamation, privacy, celebrity, journalists’ sources, and free speech, just for starters

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Case Comment, Morris v Local World, Statement in Open Court in twin misidentification case – Persephone Bridgman Baker

26 06 2016

Royal-Courts-of-JusticeA soldier who was incorrectly identified as her non-identical twin sister (who was tried over the tragic death of a seven-year-old girl) received a public apology at the High Court last week. Lance Bombardier Kerry-Ann Morris commenced proceedings last year for a determination of the amount to be paid in compensation and in costs after the acceptance an Offer of Amends from the Nottingham Post.  The matter settled before a hearing took place and a Statement in Open Court [pdf] was read before Warby J on 21 June 2016. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Publication in an internet context – Graham Hryce

23 06 2016

gazetteThe Western Australia Court of Appeal has recently handed down an interesting decision on the meaning of “publication” in the context of defamatory material posted on the internet. The case is Sims v Jooste (No 2). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Barron v Vines, How not to mitigate damages

5 06 2016

Caven VinesTwo Members of Parliament who brought a libel claim against an former UKIP councillor have been awarded £40,000 in damages each by the High Court. The judgment by Mr Justice Warby ([2016] EWHC 1226 (QB)) concerned only the assessment of damages following his judgment in July last year (covered in this blog post) which held that the defendant’s statements were defamatory. Read the rest of this entry »





Judicial Statistics, 2015: Issued defamation claims down by 40%, the second lowest number since 1992

4 06 2016

ministry-of-justiceThe most recent annual Judicial Statistics – those for 2015 – show a sharp decline in the number of issued defamation claims, down by up by 40% on 2014.  In 2015 there were 135 issued defamation claims in London (where the large majority of claims are made) as opposed to 227 in 2014 (and 142 in 2013). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Hardie v Herald and Weekly Times, Strip club owner is no brothel madam – Justin Castelan

2 06 2016

Club-RawhideIn the case of Hardie v Herald  and Weekly Times ([2016]  VSCA 103), the plaintiff, Ms Raelene Hardie, was a part owner and manager of a strip club in rural Victoria called “Club Rawhide”. On 16 May 2013, the Herald Sun ran an article written by Andrew Rule, a journalist, on its front page and on page 4. Read the rest of this entry »








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