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March 30, 2016

Supreme Court refuses permission in two media cases

Category: Privacy

Tags: damages, misuse of private information, phone-hacking, privacy, Supreme Court

Mirror phone-hacking damages case and Weller will not be heard by the SC


Last week the Supreme Court refused permission to appeal in two media law cases:

In Gulati & Ors v Mirror Group Newspapers, the Mirror phone hacking damages case, the Supreme Court refused permission to appeal, stating that “the application does not raise an arguable point of law.” The Court of Appeal judgment of Lady Justice Arden, Lady Justice Rafferty and Lord Justice Kitchen, which refused the appeal against the judgment of Mann J, awarding a total of £1.2 m to the eight claimants therefore stands. Before the Court of Appeal 5RB‘s Matthew Nicklin QC, led by Lord Pannick QC, represented MGN. 5RB‘s David Sherborne and Jeremy Reed represented the claimants.

In Weller v Associated Newspaper Ltd, the Supreme Court also refused permission to appeal on the ground that “the application does not raise an arguable point of law.” The Court of Appeal judgment of Lord Dyson MR, Lord Justice Tomlinson and Lord Justice Bean, refusing the appeal against the judgment of Dingemans J awarding Paul Weller’s children a total of £10,000 in damages for misuse of private information in relation to photographs published on MailOnline, therefore stands. 5RB’s David Sherborne and Julian Santos acted for the Wellers.