The Sun, Rebekah Brooks and a Rampage of Unethical Conduct – Brian Cathcart

29 04 2016

New Sunday Sun tabloidThat was a bad week for the Sun. First the Hillsborough verdict removed the last shred of doubt that the paper’s infamous ‘The Truth’ front page report on the disaster was entirely untrue. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Supreme Court refuses permission to appeal in Mirror phone hacking damages case

23 03 2016

Mirror Hacking ClaimantsThe Supreme Court has refused Mirror Group permission to appeal against the phone hacking damages awards made by Mr Justice Mann in May 2015. This decision has far reaching implications for phone hacking cases and privacy law more generally. Read the rest of this entry »





The Legal Protection of Privacy and Freedom of Expression, Part 2 – Dominic Crossley

13 02 2016

Dominc CrossleyWhat Leveson sought to achieve was a system that emasculated bullies on both sides of the argument.  I am very sympathetic to small publishers who simply cannot withstand the financial risk of a litigation threat from a wealthy individual or organisation.  The greatest impediment to asserting privacy rights or indeed rights to freedom of expression is usually financial constraints. Read the rest of this entry »





The Legal Protection of Privacy and Freedom of Expression, Part 1 – Dominic Crossley

12 02 2016

Dominc CrossleyIn her enormously impressive paper “Privacy, democracy and freedom of expression“, Annabelle Lever poses the question: must privacy and freedom of expression conflict?  I would like to begin by addressing this question. My answer to that is no, they need not always conflict and in my experience a failure to respect privacy can have a direct impact upon freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »





People v Murdoch, Part 2, Engagement – Press Gang

21 01 2016

murdoch-v-the-people-2LAST WEEK there were two major announcements about Rupert Murdoch. On Tuesday the Times revealed he was engaged to fellow American citizen Jerry Hall. They’re planning a marriage. On the same day Press Gang asked Ofcom to hold an inquiry into the media mogul’s fitness to hold the Sky TV licence. We’re planning a divorce. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Court of Appeal dismiss Mirror Phone Hacking Appeals on all grounds – James Heath

17 12 2015

In a judgment handed down today ([2015] EWCA Civ 1291) Arden, Rafferty and Kitchin LJJ dismissed an appeal by MGN against the awards of damages made by Mann J in the Mirror Group Phone Hacking Litigation in his judgment [2015] EWHC 1482 (Ch), following the trial of  damages claims by eight representative claimants in March this year. The trial judgment was handed down on 21 May 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





News: CPS announces no further phone hacking prosecutions against News Group or Mirror Group

11 12 2015

TrinityMirrorThe Crown Prosecution Service (“CPS”) today announced that no further action will be taken in relation to two phone hacking investigations, Operation Weeting and Operation Golding.  As a result, News Group Newspapers Limited (“NGN”) will not face prosecution on corporate charges and 10 individuals at Mirror Group will not be prosecuted. Read the rest of this entry »








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