Ireland, Reform of the law of defamation: damages – Eoin O’Dell

6 01 2017

ipi-flag-eurosThe Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality is conducting a review of the operation of the Defamation Act 2009 (also here). No doubt the focus of media submissions will be the level of damages, and exhibit A in those submissions will unquestionably be the decision of the Supreme Court in Leech v Independent Newspapers [2014] IESC 79 (19 December 2014). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Flymenow v Quick Air Jet Charter, Libel damages reduced to £10 because of claimant’s disgraceful conduct – Neelam Gomersall

22 12 2016

logoIn the case of Flymenow Ltd v Quick Air Jet Charter GmbH [2016] EWHC 3197 (QB) an aircraft charter company was awarded nominal damages of £10 in a libel action after it was found that it had acted “disgracefully” before and during the litigation. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Shakil-Ur-Rahman v ARY Network Limited, Claimant awarded “top bracket” defamation damages – Laura Parnell

16 12 2016

mir-shakeel-ur-rehman-geo-tv1The High Court has awarded Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, the Chief Executive of Pakistan’s largest media group, one of the highest compensatory awards granted in recent years following his defamation claim against ARY Network Limited (a UK broadcaster), and its Chief Operating Officer, Fayaz Ghafoor ([2016] EWHC 3110 (QB)). Read the rest of this entry »





News: Mirror Phone Hacking Litigation, admissions and apologies in twenty nine more cases

19 11 2016

TrinityMirrorOn 17  November 2016, Mirror Group admitted liability and apologised in twenty nine more phone hacking cases.  Statements in open court were read before the managing judge, Mr Justice Mann. Read the rest of this entry »





Quantifying Damages for Breach of Privacy – Gideon Barth

2 11 2016

Home OfficeThe case of TLT v Secretary for Home Department ([2016] EWHC 2217 (QB)) concerned the quantification of damages for data breaches. In October 2013, the Home Office published statistics on its family returns process, the means by which children with no right to remain in the UK are sent back to their country of origin. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: TLT v Home Office, Damages of £39,500 for asylum seeker spreadsheet blunder – Aidan Wills

15 10 2016

Home OfficeIn a decision handed down on 24 June 2016 (TLT and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 2217 (QB)) Mitting J ordered the Home Office to pay six claimants a combined total of £39,500 for the misuse of private information and breaches of the Data Protection Act (“DPA”) 1998 arising from the publication online of a spreadsheet. A redacted version of the judgment was made public last week. Read the rest of this entry »





Ireland: Damages for infringement of data protection rights – Eoin O’Dell

5 07 2016

Screen-Shot-2016-07-01-at-11.32.01At the Irish Centre for European Law’s Privacy and Data Protection Conference on 1 July 2016 (programme pdf) in the Royal Irish Academy, many interesting themes were explored. I want in this post to pick up on one of them, relating to damages for infringement of data protection rights. Read the rest of this entry »