Year: 2010

Peaches accepts libel damages

Peaches Geldof accepted libel damages today over a claim on the front page of the Daily Star that she charged £5,000 a night for sexual services, the High Court heard. The 20-year-old journalist, TV presenter,… Read More »

Criminal libel abolished

Section 73 of the new Coroners and Justice Act 2009, which came into force today, has abolished the common law offences of sedition, seditious libel, obscene libel and defamatory libel.  The abolition of such offences… Read More »

Canada adopts Reynolds defence

The Supreme Court of Canada last month adopted a ‘responsible communication’ defence, almost identical to Reynolds privilege in England and Wales. In a judgment delivered on 22 December 2009, Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, giving the judgment… Read More »

Desmond Browne returns to 5RB

The first day of the new term on Monday will see the return of Desmond Browne QC to full-time practice after his year as Chairman of the Bar. Desmond says: “I never intended to leave… Read More »