Law and Media Round Up – 29 June 2015

29 06 2015

Media and Law RoundupThe trial of former News of the World Deputy Editor Neil Wallis continued at the Old Bailey this week.  On Monday the defendant spent his fourth day in the witness box.  Tuesday and Wednesday were taken up with closing speeches.  The judge summed up on Thursday and the jury then retired to consider their verdict. Read the rest of this entry »





Why Google is now so fundamental to Professional Reputation – Digitalis

23 06 2015

google-sign-9-e1358333567693We all use search engines on a daily basis and Google et al appear to be coming under increasing fire from all sides in terms of the content they return in their listings for people and businesses. Libel claimants assume the world has seen the defamatory accusations of their opponents online, often through Google, but quantifying the impact – generically or specifically – has often been difficult. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 22 June 2015

22 06 2015

weekly-news-roundup4The most important decision of the week was that of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights on 16 June 2015 in the case of Delfi AS v Estonia in relation to the liability of an online news portal for offensive reader comments. Read the rest of this entry »





Proving “Serious Harm” under the Defamation Act 2013: The “Serious Harm Report” – Dave King

17 06 2015

reputation_iconThe result of section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013 is that a claimant in a defamation case must now establish that a publication “has caused or is likely to cause” serious harm to his or her reputation.  A common law damage was presumed and the proof of the existence of serious harm is potentially a difficult hurdle for a claimant to overcome.  The standard defendant response to a letter before action now usually involves a demand that the claimant identifies evidence of serious harm. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 15 June 2015

15 06 2015

New Round UpThe trial of former News of the World deputy editor Neil Wallis began at the Central Criminal Court this week.  He is accused of conspiracy to hack voicemail messages in what may be the last Operation Elveden trial. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 8 June 2015

8 06 2015

Weekly Round Up 2The most high profile case of the week was the acquittal of former News of the World editor Andy Coulson on a perjury charge at the High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh.  The judge, Lord Burns, decided (unsurprisingly) that the evidence given by Mr Coulson at the Tommy Sheridan trial was not relevant to the live issues at that trial. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 1 June 2015

1 06 2015

weeklynews1The most high profile media law story of the week was the trial in Edinburgh of Andy Coulson, who is accused of lying under oath in the 2010 perjury trial of MSP Tommy Sheridan. The prosecution called several former News of the World journalists to give evidence. Read the rest of this entry »








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