Category: News

Indemnity costs in police libel case

Mr Justice Eady today awarded indemnity costs to Associated Newspapers for their successful defence of the libel claim brought by Christopher Miller, the police officer who supervised the investigation into false claims that Neil and Christine Hamilton… Read More »

Galloway case off to Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has today granted permission to Appeal to the Telegraph to challenge the High Court judgment which awarded £150,000 in libel damages to MP, George Galloway.   Lord Justice Tuckey, who gave the judgment of… Read More »

Ofcom upholds privacy complaint

In a surprising decision by broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, the BBC has been found to have breached the privacy of a teacher by revealing in a programme that he was the unwitting object of a teenage crush. The Real… Read More »

Court dismisses police claim for libel

Mr Justice Eady today dismissed the libel claim by a police officer that he bore no responsibility for the conduct of the police investigation into the now infamous claims made by Nadine Milroy Sloan that she… Read More »

Smith & Collins Stewart win libel action

The libel action brought by the stockbrokers Collins Stewart and its Chief Executive, Terry Smith, against Dale Langley and the solicitors’ firm of Dale Langley & Co has concluded with the making of a statement in open court. … Read More »

5RB Speaker Updates Disclosure Conference

5RB’s Jonathan Barnes will be presenting “Disclosure Tools: Data Protection Act 1998; Freedom of Information Act 2000” at the 2005 CLT Disclosure, Evidence and Privilege Conference to be held in London on 29 April, 2005… Read More »

Ramsden fined for doping rule breaches

Following an Enquiry by the Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club, the leading trainer Lynda Ramsden was found in breach of Rules 53 and 221B(i) of the Rules of Racing and fined £950.   The… Read More »

5RB in media regulation debate

The second annual Collyer-Bristow Debate, held in association with 5RB, took place last night in the Great Hall, Gray’s Inn in front of 150 invited guests from the press and publishing worlds, the legal profession and academia…. Read More »

New Practice for Family Division Injunctions

The President of the Family Division has today issued new guidance to those seeking to obtain reporting restrictions orders against the media. The apparent ease with which reporting restriction orders were made in the Family… Read More »

First defamation costs capping order

Associated Newspapers has succeeded in their application for a costs-capping Order in an action brought by a claimant acting with a conditional fee agreement (CFA).   Alberta Matadeen, the Claimant in the libel action does not have ‘after-the-event’ insurance… Read More »

Jockey banned for drugs protocol breach

  The Jockey Club Disciplinary Panel last night found jockey Brett Doyle in breach of Rule 66(vi) of the Rules of Racing for failing to provide a urine sample when selected.       The Disciplinary Panel… Read More »

BBC faces JR for Jerry Springer

The BBC is facing a legal challenge to its decision to broadcast Jerry Springer – The Opera in January this year. The Christian Institute, based in Newcastle, is seeking judicial review contending that the programme breached… Read More »

Milne liable for CFA costs

In a judgment made available today, Master Seager Berry has held that solicitor Andrew Milne is liable on the bill of his former solicitors, David Price Solicitors & Advocates, who acted for him under a… Read More »

Jockey fined for misleading investigators

The Jockey Club Disciplinary Panel found Matthew Batchelor in breach of Rule 220(viii) of the Rules of Racing for misleading Jockey Club Investigation Officers.   Jump jockey Matthew Batchelor was questioned by Jockey Club Investigating… Read More »

Privacy injunction for Elizabeth Jagger

The elder daughter of Mick Jagger successfully applied to the High Court this week for a temporary injunction to restrain further publication of a CCTV recording captured in a Soho nightclub.   The recording included pictures of… Read More »

Hamilton ‘rape’ claims in new trial

On Monday (28 Feb 2005) the now infamous claims made by Nadine Milroy Sloan that she had been raped by Neil and Christine Hamilton will return to the High Court where they will form the backdrop… Read More »

Maxine Carr gets lifetime anonymity

Maxine Carr, the former girlfriend of Soham murderer Ian Huntley, was today granted an indefinite order protecting her new identity. In making the order, Mr Justice Eady said that it was necessary in order to protect… Read More »

Calls for PCC to be scrapped

A private members’ bill seeking the abolition of the Press Complaints Commission was published yesterday.   Labour MP Peter Bradley is introducing the bill to provide a statutory right of reply for inaccuracies published by newspapers. The bill is said to have cross-party backing as… Read More »

McLibel pair win ECHR Appeal

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the McLibel pair did not receive a fair trial and that the damages awarded against them were an interference with their right of freedom of expression…. Read More »

Playboy TV fined £25,000

The satellite service Playboy TV has been fined £25,000 by broadcasting regulator Ofcom for transmitting an R18 film on its encrypted service in breach of the Programme Code. The Code contains an absolute ban on R18… Read More »