Year: 2005

Jockey Club sees off challenge

Mr Justice Stanley Burnton today handed down an important decision on an issue well-ventilated in writings on Sports Law and Judicial Review: the validity of the Court of Appeal’s 1993 decision that decisions of disciplinary… Read More »

Galloway case returns to Court

The Daily Telegraph‘s appeal against an award of £150,000 libel damages began in the Court of Appeal today.   The newspaper, contended that the original decision of Mr Justice Eady in the High Court in… Read More »

Five year ban for jockey

The Jockey Club Disciplinary Panel yesterday imposed a 5-year disqualification on the jockey Gary Carter, and fined him £2,000. In its decision, released yesterday, the Panel found that on 8 occasions in 2003 Carter, in… Read More »

Media challenge CPR change

Some of the UK’s largest media organisations are challenging a change to the Civil Procedure Rules which they say is an “unnecessary and disproportionate interference with the right to freedom of expression”. The amendment to Rule 5.4(5)(a)(i) provides… Read More »

The new term ahead…

As always, the autumn term will be a busy one for 5RB. Here’s what lies ahead. 3 October – Universal Studios v Flextech Rights Ltd (Comm Ct) 11 October – George Galloway v Telegraph Group (CA) 17 October – Rupert Lowe v Times Newspapers (QBD… Read More »

New faces at 5RB

5RB is pleased to welcome Victoria Joliffe and Victoria Shore to Chambers today to begin their year-long pupillage training. Victoria Jolliffe was educated at school in Culford before securing a first class degree in Broadcasting at Leeds. She has worked in the television… Read More »

‘Chambers of the Year’ goes to 5RB

5RB was named Defamation Chambers of the Year in the awards presented by leading directory Chambers & Partners at the Dorchester Hotel in London last night.   The award, based on Chambers & Partners’ independent… Read More »

5RB tops annual Legal 500 Review

The annual Legal 500 review of the legal profession has named 5RB as a leading set both in Defamation & Privacy and Media & Entertainment Law.   The independent survey praised the set for its “superb portfolio of… Read More »

Canadian Net libel case rejected

The Ontario Court of Appeal yesterday allowed an appeal from a decision allowing the Washington Post to be sued over Internet publication of an article in the Canadian Province.   The action, brought by former UN official, Cheickh Bangoura, complained… Read More »

5RB nominated for three top awards

5RB has been nominated in three categories in the annual awards by leading directory Chambers & Partners. In the category Chambers of the Year, 5RB has been nominated with 1 Brick Court and Matrix Chambers. 5RB‘s Desmond Browne QC… Read More »

London hosts MLRC Conference

The American-based Media Law Resource Center is hosting its annual Conference in London this year between 19-20 September.   The conference draws together delegates and speakers from across the US, Europe and the Commonwealth for perhaps… Read More »

5RB at Media Law Conference

5RB’s Christina Michalos speaks today at the IBC’s Protecting the Media Conference in association with Richards Butler. She will be participating in a practical case study session concerning Management of the Flow of Information in Intellectual Property and… Read More »

Fall in defamation court cases

The number of reported defamation court cases declined over the past year, statistics from Sweet & Maxwell’s online legal information services reveal. The figures, drawn from Lawtel & Westlaw UK, show that reported defamation cases… Read More »

Tapping up’ case goes to Lausanne

Ashley Cole’s solicitor has announced that an appeal against the decision of the FA Premier League has been lodged on the footballer’s behalf with the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. In… Read More »

Ofcom raps BBC for daytime vice

Communications regulator Ofcom has found the BBC guilty of breaching the Broadcasting Code for its four-part Streets of Vice programme. Ofcom received 58 complaints after the series – which dealt with issues of drugs, pornography and prostitution… Read More »

Criminal trials may be televised

A leaked government memo suggests that legislation may be on the way that would allow the televising of high-profile criminal trials, according to today’s Sunday Times. On the basis of the documents it has seen, the newspaper claims… Read More »

New regulatory code for broadcasters

The new Ofcom Broadcasting Code, which replaces the old codes devised by the ITC, BSC and Radio Authority, came into effect today. The Code itself is divided into sections that represent the objectives set out… Read More »

Polanski awarded £50,000 damages

Roman Polanski has won his libel action against Conde Nast, with the jury awarding him £50,000 in damages.   Mr Polanski was suing over an article in Vanity Fair which alleged that he made a pass at… Read More »