Judicial Consultation: Media and Communications List

4 05 2017

Following his recent appointment as judge in charge of the new Queen’s Bench “Media and Communications List”, Mr Justice Warby is consulting practitioners and other court users in the media and communications field on a small number of procedural questions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Case Law: Hourani v Thomson, Businessman awarded damages for ‘sophisticated campaign of harassment’ – David Hill

19 03 2017

In the case of Hourani v Thomson & Ors ([2017] EWHC 432 (QB)) a businessman who was the target of a “sustained, highly sophisticated, cynical and calculated” campaign was awarded £80,000 in damages for defamation and harassment following a 10 day trial in the High Court. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Mr Justice Warby to take charge of new QB “Media and Communications List”

27 02 2017

Mark WarbyIt has been announced that Mr Justice Warby will take charge of a new list within the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court, to be known as the “Media and Communications List”. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Lachaux v Independent Print, “Serious Harm” under the Defamation Act 2013 and the drawing of inferences – Hugh Tomlinson QC

4 08 2015

mark-warbyIn the case of Lachaux v Independent Print ([2015] EWHC 2242 (QB)) Warby J gave judgement on preliminary issues, including an issue relating to “serious harm”, in a number of libel actions brought against three newspapers and the Huffington Post.  He agreed with the analysis of “serious harm” in the earlier cases – damage to reputation must be proved and cannot be presumed.  He nevertheless went on to find that there was, in fact, serious harm in relation to four of the five articles complained of. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: ZYT v Associated, Tipping the balance, when is it in the public interest to take a look at a “private” relationship? – Kathy May

25 07 2015

Silhouete CoupleThe case of ZYT and another v Associated Newspapers Ltd  ([2015] EWHC 1162 (QB)) was (what is now) a comparatively rare example of an injunction being sought and granted in a privacy claim against a newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Sloutsker v Romanova: £110,000 damages awarded for internet libel by High Court in London – Michael Frost

23 07 2015

SloutskerOn 16 July, Mr Justice Warby awarded Vladimir Sloutsker, a former Russian senator and President of the Israel Jewish Congress, £110,000 in damages at the conclusion of his long-running libel action against Russian journalist Olga Romanova ([2015] EWHC 2053 (QB)).  A permanent injunction against Ms Romanova was also awarded. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Privacy injunction granted against the Daily Mail, second media privacy injunction of 2015 [Corrected]

27 04 2015

male-female-silhouetteOn 24 April 2015 Mr Justice Warby granted a two claimants a privacy injunction against Associated Newspapers Limited, the publishers of the Daily Mail.  The injunction restrained the threatened publication of information concerning a personal private and confidential relationship between the claimants. Read the rest of this entry »