Libel law reform panel announced

Desmond Browne QC appointed to government working group

5RB’s joint head of chambers Desmond Browne QC has been appointed to a government panel considering changes to the law of libel.

The panel, announced yesterday by the Lord Chancellor, Jack Straw, is to consider whether the law of libel needs reform and if so to make recommendations as to solutions.

Expected to report in March 2010, the working group will be chaired by Rowena Collins Rice, and includes: Sunday Times editor John Witherow; Andrew Stephenson, Carter-Ruck; Robin Esser, executive editor of the Daily Mail; Jo Glanville, editor of Index on Censorship; Rod Christie-Miller, Schillings and Marcus Partington, legal director MGN.