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Lords uphold freedom to report

The House of Lords has dismissed the appeal from the decision of the Court of Appeal in Re S [2004] Fam 43. The appeal was brought on behalf of a child whose mother is soon to stand… Read More »

Global acclaim for Gatley

The 10th edition of Gatley – the authoritative text on Libel and Slander – continues to win excellent reviews across the globe.   In a recent review by Roy Baker at the Communications Law Centre at the… Read More »

Collins Stewart damages claim trimmed

The High Court today struck out a significant part of the special damages claim made by investment bank Collins Stewart Tullett Plc against the Financial Times.  The bank was seeking around £240m in special damages for an… Read More »

Don King libel case continues

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Don King’s libel action against Lennox Lewis and two other defendants over allegations made on an American website can be brought in the English Courts.   Upholding an… Read More »

New Media Costs’ Risk for Aborted Trials

From today, for the first time, courts will be able to make media organisations pay potentially massive costs’ bills if a criminal trial is aborted due to prejudicial reporting.  Under s.93 Courts Act 2003 and the Costs in Criminal Cases (General) (Amendment)… Read More »

Ofcom censures C4 over ‘Big Brother’

In its latest report, Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, has criticised Channel Four for its handling of the outbreak of violence in the Big Brother house in June, although it rejected other criticisms of the broadcaster… Read More »

Interim Injunctions – new guidance

The House of Lords has today handed down its judgment in the important case of Cream Holdings v Banerjee & Others. The full judgment is available now at the 5RB website, together with a full… Read More »

The new term ahead…

The autumn term is usually very busy, and 2004 is no exception. Here’s what lies ahead.   18 October 2004 – Al Rajhi and Jameel v Wall Street Journal (CA)   19 October 2004 – Anna Richardson v… Read More »

5RB Welcomes New Tenants & Pupils

5RB welcomes Richard Munden and David Hirst as new members of Chambers today. Both were pupils at 5RB and their recruitment brings the media law set’s complement to 27 barristers. Richard Munden was educated at the comprehensive school in Wadebridge, Cornwall, before achieving… Read More »

Martin O’Neill wins libel damages from the BBC

Celtic Manager, Martin O’Neill, has received an apology and substantial damages from the BBC over allegations made in a book published by BBC Worldwide Limited, “Football Confidential 2”. The book had examined Mr O’Neill’s shareholding in the Proactive… Read More »

New Mediator Appointment

5RB’s mediation group has been strengthened by Stephen Bate‘s appointment to the panel of mediators regularly used by CEDR.   The mediation group at 5RB offers a fast, efficient and inexpensive service for the resolution of… Read More »

High Court dismisses Graham Bradley’s appeal

Graham Bradley’s claim that his five year penalty of disqualification was disproportionate and unlawful has been dismissed by the High Court today.   Mr Justice Richards held that the penalty imposed by Jockey Club Appeal… Read More »

PCC Rejects Privacy Complaint

The Press Complaints Commission has rejected a privacy complaint from Eastenders’ actor, Leslie Grantham, over tabloid allegations that the BBC had ordered him to seek treatment for sexual problems. The actor, who plays “Dirty Den” in… Read More »

No Appeal in ECHR Privacy Case

The deadline for an appeal against the decision of the European Court of Human Rights decision in the privacy case brought by Princess Caroline of Monaco expired last Friday. Some media lawyers had petitioned the German… Read More »

5RB top in Legal 500 Review

The annual Legal 500 review of the legal profession has named 5RB as a leading set both in Defamation and Media & Entertainment Law.   The independent survey praised the set for its “extensive expertise” and said 5RB continued… Read More »

McLibel pair in new appeal bid

An appeal arising from the longest-ever libel trial in British history begins today. Helen Steel and David Morris were sued for libel by the fast-food chain McDonald’s over a leaflet they distributed in 1996. After a 63-week trial, McDonald’s were… Read More »

Rave Reviews for Case Report Database!

We believe the new 5RB website has the largest collection of case reports and comments on media and entertainment law on the web. Early client feedback: “A truly great resource”, “Really helpful” If you haven’t… Read More »

Media lawyers urge challenge to privacy ruling

The Lawyer article UK press in-housers fight privacy ruling by Steve Hoare reports that Associated Newspapers’ head of legal, Harvey Kass, has contacted his peers in the national press asking them to support efforts to convince… Read More »

5RB launches Law of Photography & Digital Images

5RB hosted a launch party yesterday for the new practitioner text by Christina Michalos, The Law of Photography & Digital Images.    Speaking at the 5RB launch party, Mr Justice Tugendhat said the book was an exceptional… Read More »

Farewell to Morland J

The valediction for Mr Justice Morland was held today before a packed Lord Chief Justice’s Court in the Royal Court of Justice in London.   Joined on the bench with the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, Lord… Read More »