Law and Media Round Up – 23 March 2015

23 03 2015

weeklynews1The four senior Sun journalists accused of paying public officials for information have been cleared on all charges following a trial at the Old Bailey. Chief reporter John Kay and royal editor Duncan Larcome were found not guilty of wrongdoing over their contact with two military sources. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: A healthcare NHS Trust v P and Q, Transparency in the Court of Protection, press should be allowed names – Rosalind English

22 03 2015

312856-002.jpgIn the case of A healthcare NHS Trust v P & Q ([2015] EWCOP 15) the Court of Protection has clarified the position on revealing the identity of an incapacitated adult where reporting restrictions apply. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





United States: Anonymous Speech, Twitter and Defamation – Susan Brenner

21 03 2015

SeattleCourthouseCMYKThis post examines an issue that arose in the case of Music Group Macao Commercial Offshore Limited, et al. v. John Does, Defendant [sic], 2015 WL 930249 (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California) which the judge described as “primarily” one for defamation, with “attendant claims” Read the rest of this entry »





Sun Four Trial: Court clears all journalists of all charges, chief reporter accuses paper’s executives of “breaking the first rule of journalism”

20 03 2015

John-Kay-2The former chief reporter of The Sun has accused the paper’s executives of “breaking the first rule of journalism”, by revealing his confidential sources after being found not guilty of making corrupt payments to a public official. Read the rest of this entry »





Sir Alan Moses shows whose side he is on – Brian Cathcart

20 03 2015

Alan MosesThe chair of IPSO, the self-regulator set up by the big newspaper companies, delivered a lecture [pdf] last week at the London School of Economics on the future of press regulation. It was revealing in several respects. Read the rest of this entry »





Contempt and reporting restrictions in criminal cases: the new legislation – Alex Bailin QC

20 03 2015

BailinThe Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 has received Royal Assent and important provisions concerning contempt and reporting restrictions will come  into force on 13 April 2015. Giving effect to certain of the Law Commission’s recommendations in its Report, four new criminal offences to deal with juror contempt and misconduct are created by the Act. Read the rest of this entry »








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