Lachaux, Seriously limiting serious harm – Nicola Cain

14 09 2017

Trumpeting the Defamation Act 2013 when it received Royal Assent, the Ministry of Justice publicised section 1(1) of the Act, which provides that “A statement is not defamatory unless its publication has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to the reputation of the claimant“, established “a requirement for companies and individuals to show serious harm to establish a claim“. The Act, according to Lord McNally, represented “the end of a long and hard fought battle to reform the libel laws in England and Wales”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Judicial Appointment: Media Specialist Matthew Nicklin QC appointed to the High Court Bench

13 09 2017

It was announced yesterday that Matthew Nicklin QC, a media law specialist and Joint Head of 5RB, has been appointed as a Justice of the High Court with effect from 2 October 2017. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Defamation and “Serious Harm” Court of Appeal dismisses Lachaux appeal

12 09 2017

On 12 September 2017 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the important “serious harm” case of Lachaux v. Independent Print ([2017] EWCA Civ 1334). The Court unanimously dismissed the appeals of the defendants against the decision of Warby J ([2015] EWHC 2242 (QB)) that the claimant had established “serious harm” within the meaning of section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Bărbulescu v Romania – Monitoring of an employee’s communications held to be violation of Article 8 ECHR – Sara Mansoori

12 09 2017

The decision of the Grand Chamber of the Court of Human Rights handed down last week in Bărbulescu v Romania ([2017] ECHR 754) is a surprising one that acts as a warning to employers. The Court held that the Article 8 rights of an employee breached when his employer monitored his personal communications on Yahoo Messenger. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media, Summary Summer Round Up – 11 September 2017

11 09 2017

This is the second in our series of “Summary Round Ups” covering media and law developments during the Summer Legal Vacation. This covers matters since our Round Up of 21 August 2017. Read the rest of this entry »





Compensation for breach of the General Data Protection Regulation – Eoin O’Dell

8 09 2017

I have recently posted a paper on SSRN entitled “Compensation for breach of the General Data Protection Regulation”; this is the abstract: Read the rest of this entry »





How PR giant Bell Pottinger made itself look bad – Paula Keaveney

7 09 2017
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The reputation of global PR company Bell Pottinger has suffered a massive blow. The boss has resigned, clients have walked, the firm has been expelled from the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) – and it has now put itself up for sale. All because of its work on a controversial contract in South Africa. Read the rest of this entry »