Crowdfunding: Above the Law: How News International Got Away – James Doleman

20 07 2015

jamesdolemanIn 2011, the British public and press were enraptured with the revelations of phone hacking at the News of the World. Rupert Murdoch referred to appearing at parliament  as ‘the most humble day of my life’ The conglomorate looked down and out.  Read the rest of this entry »






A breach of the right to privacy justifies an award of damages for the act of misusing private information ‘per se’, says English High Court in phone-hacking decision – Alison Knight

27 06 2015

men-97290__180English privacy law is a slow-evolving story. Most of its principles have developed from case law since the Millennium, yet awards of damages by the courts in compensation for harm suffered as a consequence of privacy infringements (such as for distress and loss of dignity suffered by claimants) have typically been low. Read the rest of this entry »





News: MGN seeks permission to appeal against hacking damages awards in Gulati case – Louise Turner

11 06 2015

Mirror GroupMGN yesterday sought permission to appeal against the very large awards of damages made by Mr Justice Mann in the eight test claims in the hacking litigation arising out of voicemail interception at Mirror Group Newspapers (Gulati v MGN Ltd [2015] EWHC 1482(Ch)). Permission was refused by the Judge. MGN will now seek permission from the Court of Appeal. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Andy Coulson acquitted of perjury on Judge’s ruling

3 06 2015

Coulson AcquittedFormer News of the World Editor Andy Coulson was today acquitted of perjury at the High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh after the trial judge, Lord Burns, ruled that there was no case to answer. Read the rest of this entry »





A clash of two logics: Gulati v MGN Ltd on damages for breach of privacy – Eric Descheemaeker

2 06 2015

£50 pound notesThe case of Gulati v MGN Ltd [2015] EWHC 1482 (Ch), to which the attention of this blog’s readers has already been drawn here, is a complex but important case. In particular, the fact that no publication to the world at large had occurred in the case of one claimant, and that the element of distress was considerably downplayed because the hacking had occurred unbeknownst to the claimants, forced Mann J to engage with foundational issues in the still-fledging law of privacy in England and Wales. This post will focus on the topic of damages (the sort of losses that are being compensated for) and do so from a mainly private law theory perspective. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Gulati v MGN, Phone hacking, massive privacy damages – David Hart QC

28 05 2015

83144843_hackingcompFor some years in the early and mid 2000s, a routine form of news-gathering in the Mirror Group was phone hacking – listening to voicemails left for celebrities by their friends, and then dishing up revelations in their papers.  And this judgment amounts to a comprehensive pay-back time for the years of distress and upset sustained by those celebrities, as the ins and outs of their private lives were played out for the Mirror Group’s profit. The damages awarded well exceeded those previously payable, as justified in the tour de force of a judgment by Mann J in Gulati v MGN ([2015] EWHC 1482 (Ch)).  Read the rest of this entry »








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