Year: 2007

£165,000 libel damages for terrorism claim

Mr Justice Eady today awarded Rashid Ghannouchi £165,000 damages for allegations that he was an Islamic extremist with links to Al Qaeda who deserved to be expelled from the UK.   The allegations were published by… Read More »

5RB tops Chambers & Partners review

The annual Chambers & Partners review of the legal profession has named 5RB as a leading set for Defamation & Privacy and Media & Entertainment Law and a notable set for Intellectual Property and Sports Law.   5RB came equal top in Defamation & Privacy, with the independent… Read More »

Big Brother cleared over language

Channel 4 has been cleared over this summer’s Big Brother race row after Ofcom ruled that the broadcaster was right to show student Emily Parr using the word “nigger” in a conversation with other housemates because… Read More »

Police ordered to delete criminal records

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered four police forces to delete old criminal convictions from the Police National Computer. The ICO ruled that retention of old convictions is contrary to the principles of the Data… Read More »

Diana Coroner granted C4 order

Channel Four has been ordered to hand over eye-witness accounts gathered for a documentary into the paparazzi involvement in the Diana crash to the Inquest being conducted by Lord Justice Scott-Baker. The C4 documentary, The Witnesses in the Tunnel broadcast… Read More »

FA saves ‘World Cup Willie’

In an important trade mark, copyright and passing off decision, the High Court decided today that, 40 years after England’s historic 1966 World Cup win, the Football Association could prevent pretenders from registering the tournament mascot ‘World… Read More »

Anonymity order challenged

Trinity Mirror and Newsquest are appealing against an order under s.11 of the Contempt of Court Act which prohibits publication of the identity of a man who pleaded guilty to 20 charges of making and possessing indecent… Read More »

Author succeeds on Reynolds Appeal

The Court of Appeal today allowed the appeal of journalist Graeme McLagan against the dismissal of his qualified privilege defence in a libel action brought by a former police officer over the book Bent Coppers…. Read More »

Vice Chairman of Bar announced

The Bar Council has announced its officers for 2008 and Joint-Head of 5RB, Desmond Browne QC has been elected as Vice-Chairman of the Bar.   Desmond Browne has been Chairman of the Bar Council’s Working… Read More »

Chambers Bar Awards 2007

5RB is pleased to announce that Matthew Nicklin has been named Defamation & Privacy Junior Barrister of the Year at the annual Chambers & Partners Bar Awards.    The awards, hosted by barrister and broadcaster Clive Anderson, were presented… Read More »

Ofcom hits GMTV with record fine

Media regulator Ofcom has today fined GMTV a record £2,000,000 for misconduct in viewer phone-in competitions between August 2003 and February 2007. In its ruling, Ofcom said the case “involved the widespread and systematic deception… Read More »

5RB tops Legal 500

The annual Legal 500 review of the legal profession has named 5RB as a leading set for Defamation & Privacy, Media & Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property.   5RB came equal top in Defamation & Privacy, with the independent survey noting the set’s “knowledge… Read More »

MLRC returns to London

The Media Law Resource Centre, returns to London from 16-19 September 2007, for its annual conference which will take place at Stationers’ Hall. The not-for-profit organisation was founded by US media organisations to monitor developments… Read More »

Paul McKenna suffers costs loss

Hypnotist Paul McKenna today lost his bid for indemnity costs in his libel action against the Daily Mirror over false allegations that he had obtained a PhD from an “obscure degrees-by-post establishment in Louisiana” in an… Read More »

Regulators hand out more TV fines

The BBC and the company behind the Richard and Judy premium rate telephone quiz have both been fined by their respective regulators after investigations into telephone competition irregularities. Ofcom, the media regulator, fined the BBC £50,000 after… Read More »

FT names 5RB ‘media innovators’

5RB has been ranked in the Financial Times list of the top Innovative Lawyers for 2007. The survey, published today, praised 5RB and other winners for their “willingness to take proactive steps to respond to business pressures and to… Read More »

Damages for trio cleared of murder

Three people wrongly accused of murder settled their civil actions against the Chief Constable of Northumbria today after the police accepted they were innocent and paid damages and costs.   Joanne Morgan, Ian Morgan and… Read More »

Ofcom fines Five £300,000

Ofcom has today fined Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd £300,000 for breaches of the Broadcasting Code in the transmission of the phone-in quiz programme, Brainteaser. This is the largest financial penalty the regulator has imposed on… Read More »

J. K. Rowling’s son in privacy fight

The defendant at the centre of a privacy row involving photographs of Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling’s son, has gone to the High Court this week to try and strike out his claim.   Over three days… Read More »