Mirror Damages Trial: Claimant’s Closing Submissions, exceptional awards of damages claimed

21 03 2015

Mirror Hacking ClaimantsOn Thursday 18 March 2015, Mr Justice Mann heard closing submissions on behalf of the eight representative claimants in the Mirror Damages Trial. David Sherborne, Counsel for the Claimants, told the Court that the cases were “exceptional” compared to other privacy actions.   Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: R (Catt) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, Public Protest, Private Rights – Dominic Ruck Keene

15 03 2015

john-catt_2509902bIn the case of R (Catt) and R (T) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis ([2015] UKSC 9) a majority of the Supreme Court held that the retention by police of information on the Domestic Extremism Database about a 91 year-old activist’s presence at political protests was (1) in accordance with the law and (2) a proportionate interference with his right to a private life under Article 8(1) of the ECHR. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Northern Ireland: CG v Facebook Ireland, Harassment of Sex offenders and a Facebook injunction – Lorna Skinner

3 03 2015

Keeping Kids SafeIn CG v. Facebook Ireland Ltd and Joseph McCloskey ([2015] NIQB 11) a convicted sex offender was awarded £20,000 for misuse of private information and harassment claims brought in respect of a Facebook page designed to identify and track the whereabouts of sex offenders.  An injunction was granted against Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »





The Prince, his mistress and his lovechild: a feminist perspective on Couderc and Hachette Filipacchi Associés v. France – Nani Jansen

25 02 2015

albert10_thumbMale celebrity has affair with woman. Woman shares story with public. Woman’s version of events gets shut down by the courts. The end. It is an all too familiar story that seems to repeat itself over and over again. When it comes to information disclosing the infidelity of powerful men, national courts have often been more than helpful in expeditiously securing the silence of the women involved in such affairs, accrediting more weight to the man’s claims of privacy, than the woman’s right to tell the tale of what was ultimately her affair as well. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: JX MX v. Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust, Court of Appeal supports anonymity orders in personal injury approval hearings – David Hart QC

21 02 2015

baby-birth-injuryFor some years there has been debate between the judges about whether anonymity orders should be made when very seriously injured people’s claims are settled and the court is asked to approve the settlement.   Read the rest of this entry »





Conference: The Campbell Legacy: A Decade of “Misuse of Private Information”, Newcastle, 17 April 2015

17 02 2015

Naomi CampbellThe 2004 decision of the House of Lords in Campbell v Mirror Group Newspapers ([2004] 2 AC 457) was a significant case regarding privacy, and for human rights law and tort law more generally. Its influence is clear in current debates on the future of the Human Rights Act (particularly as we approach the General Election), and the relationship between the press, the State and the public. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy Issues in New Zealand: Sex with the Office Lights on – Nicole Moreham

13 02 2015

office-romp-1200Everyone in New Zealand was talking about the law of privacy last week.  This was not because of an important new Supreme Court decision or an interesting legislative proposal.  It was because the previous Friday night, two colleagues in a Christchurch insurance firm had late-evening sex in their office, with the lights on, in full view of a pub full of people across the road. Read the rest of this entry »








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