Year: 2011

Iain Christie returns to practice

Iain Christie returns to 5RB today after taking a sabbatical to train as an actor at Drama Studio London. Iain intends to combine his practice at the bar with some professional acting work. Iain practices… Read More »

Privacy law: the tweet

As promised last month, and only a few weeks late, Mark Warby QC follows up his privacy law blog with a summary of the law of England and Wales on restraining the publication of private… Read More »

Rio Ferdinand privacy trial begins

The trial of  Rio Ferdinand’s privacy claim against the Sunday Mirror commenced 4 July 2011.  The England and Manchester United footballer has brought a claim against MGN Limited over an article published in April 2010… Read More »

Defamation Bill Committee update

The Joint Defamation Bill Committee has heard oral evidence on the draft Defamation Bill from senior libel lawyers, including 5RB’s joint Heads of Chambers Desmond Browne QC and Adrienne Page QC. The full session, which… Read More »

Privacy law in 10 minutes: the blog

For those with too many superinjunctions and not enough time, or with relatives who wonder how twitter can cause a constitutional crisis or what King Canute has to do with the price of fish, Mark… Read More »

Launch of Early Resolution CIC

A new arbitration service has been launched aimed at providing cheaper, earlier resolution of fundamental disputes in defamation actions. The launch is taking place on Tuesday, 21 June 2011, of Early Resolution, the initiative of… Read More »

BBC finds sweatshop film ‘probably’ faked

The BBC Trust has upheld an editorial complaint against Panorama brought by Primark in relation to a dispute about faked footage. On 23rd June 2008, an hour long Panorama special entitled “Primark: On the Rack”… Read More »

First social media contempt case

A forty year old mother of three became the first person to be prosecuted for contempt of court by making use of the internet during a trial. In 2010 Joanna Fraill, sitting on a jury… Read More »

Ramsay father-in-law fails in Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of Eady J from 1 December 2010 decline to grant an injunction to Christopher Hutcheson, the father-in-law of Gordon Ramsay, to restrain publication of the fact that he… Read More »

Phone hacking test cases chosen

Mr Justice Vos today chose five of the phone hacking claims against News Group Newspapers and Glen Mulcaire to be the lead cases that will go forward to trial, including the claims brought by Jude… Read More »

Committee reports on super-injunctions

The Committee on Super-Injunctions, chaired by the Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, has today published its Report on injunctions in privacy claims. Key findings and recommendations include: The justifiable concern about the ready granting… Read More »

ECHR rejects Mosley privacy application

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected Max Mosley’s application for a ruling that Article 8 required the introduction into domestic law of a legally binding requirement that the media notify a subject when… Read More »

Leading Arabic newspaper wins libel damages

The London publisher of  the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al Awsat and two of its senior editorial staff were awarded libel damages on Wednesday totalling £85,000 against the editor of a website which falsely accused them… Read More »

Council refused Supreme Court permission

The Supreme Court has refused Slough Borough Council’s application for permission to appeal in the claim brought against it by Jane Clift, which concerned the interaction of the defence of qualified privilege with Article 8… Read More »