Northern Ireland: Defamation claims in 2016 – Olivia O’Kane

13 02 2017

Northern IrelandI have now obtained the figures concerning the numbers of defamation cases issued in Northern Ireland in 2016.  These figures are based on a search of the Court’s records for the period 1 January to 31 December 2016. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Northern Ireland: Loughran v. Century Newspapers, Statutory Qualified Privilege and Malice – Olivia O’Kane

24 10 2014

27358-sir-gerry-loughran-bwIn the case of Loughran v Century Newspapers ([2014] NICA 26) the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal considered a case in which a newspaper relied on the Curistan principle in relation to statutory qualified privilege and decided that a pleaded case of malice was not fit to go to the jury. Read the rest of this entry »





Northern Ireland: Defamation claims in 2013, numbers stabilise – Olivia O’Kane

21 03 2014

High-Court-BelfastCourt records show that the number of libel cases issued in Northern Ireland in 2013 remains at a similar level to 2011 and 2012.  The total of all claims, in the High Court and the County Court, was 32 in 2012 and 30 in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





Northern Ireland Law and Media Annual Round Up 2013 – Olivia O’Kane

12 02 2014

High-Court-BelfastThe Courts in Northern Ireland heard a wide range of media law cases in 2013. In this post I will provide summaries of the most important cases in which judgments were given and are publicly available. Read the rest of this entry »





Reporting Restrictions and Anonymity Orders in Northern Ireland – Olivia O’Kane

28 07 2013

anonymity21Northern Ireland Editor’s Liaison Group is made up of senior editors within the local broadcast and newspaper industry in Northern Ireland.  The aim of this informal group of editors is to discuss matters of general concern and as to how the media industry operates in this jurisdiction. Read the rest of this entry »





Northern Ireland Defamation Cases, numbers decline – Olivia O’Kane

17 12 2012

High Court BelfastThe recent changes in the media landscape have no doubt had an impact for libel lawyers in Northern Ireland.  As advertising cuts continue to be made and the Leveson culture has exerted pressure on journalistic practice, the media are no doubt trying to resolve disputes in advance of legal proceedings being issued.  Legal Aid is not available to libel claimants and conditional fee agreements and after the event insurance is not available in Northern Ireland, which also has an effect on the volume of this type of legal work. Read the rest of this entry »