Year: 2011

Mulcaire wins NGN indemnity claim

The Chancellor, Sir Andrew Morritt, determined on Wednesday 21 December 2011 that Glenn Mulcaire and NGN had concluded a valid agreement by which NGN agreed to indemnity Mr Mulcaire from the costs and damages arising from the… Read More »

Eleven banned in racing corruption enquiry

Four jockeys, 2 owners and 5 other individuals have been banned from racing after an 11 day enquiry before the Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority. An investigation by the BHA into suspicious betting… Read More »

Summary judgment for ex-MP

Nigel Waterson, who was shadow Minister for Pensions in the last Parliament has obtained summary judgment in his defamation action based on the leaflets distributed by his successor at the 2010 General Election. During the… Read More »

Leveson Victims’ submissions

The Leveson Inquiry heard the first submissions on behalf of the victims of phone hacking on Wednesday, many of whom have brought civil claims against the publisher of the now defunct News of the World…. Read More »

Leveson Inquiry Starts

Part 1 of Lord Justice Leveson’s judicial inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press commenced on Monday 7 November with opening submissions expected to take up the first week of the hearing…. Read More »

5RB tops Chambers and Partners 2012

Chambers & Partners have listed 5RB as the only set in Band 1 for defamation and privacy in their annual review of the bar. Many individual members have also been top ranked in the directory… Read More »

Bill Joint Committee urges bolder reform

The Joint Committee Report on the Government’s draft Defamation Bill has urged further reform, targeting the issue of high costs in defamation cases. The Joint Committee’s report welcomed many of the reforms which had made… Read More »

Desmond Browne QC addresses the Leveson Inquiry

Desmond Browne QC addressed the Leveson Inquiry on Wednesday 12th October 2011. His paper, Supporting a free press and high standards – approaches to Regulation, is available on the 5RB website. Mr Browne began with the premise… Read More »

5RB Announces new Joint Head of Chambers

Desmond Browne QC, Joint Head of Chambers and former Bar Council Chair, has announced that Adrienne Page QC has decided to step down as Joint Head of Chambers after eight years’ service. Adrienne, who is… Read More »

Leveson Inquiry: 2nd Teaching Session held

On Wednesday 28 September 2011 members of the Leveson Inquiry Panel heard from 5RB’s Mark Warby QC on the existing legal framework governing the operation of the media, including the relationship between Articles 8 and… Read More »

‘Truly experts’

Legal 500, the the legal sector directory has again praised 5RB for across-the-board strength. 5RB was placed in the first tier for privacy and defamation and as a tier 2 set for other media, entertainment… Read More »

Changes to Defamation Costs Management Scheme

A number of amendments to Practice Direction 51D, the Defamation Proceedings Costs Management Scheme, will take effect on 1st October 2011. The changes of note to practitioners are: Paragraph 1.1(1) – extension of the pilot… Read More »