August 3, 2015

On 30 July 2015, Warby J gave judgment in the case of Lachaux v Independent Print following a trial of several preliminary issues in relation to a number of libel actions brought by Mr Lachaux. 

 

For the purposes of this article, the facts of the case are not paramount but very briefly,...

July 29, 2015

The Supreme Court has granted Google permission to appeal in part in Vidal-Hall v Google

 

Permission was given only in relation to the issue of whether damages can be awarded under section 13(2) of the Data Protection Act 1998 for distress where no pecuniary damage has occurr...

July 20, 2015

Reference: [2015] EWHC 2041

Court: High Court

Date of Judgment: 17 July 2015

 

On 17 July, in the case of BASCA & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation And Skills, Mr Justice Green in the High Court quashed regulations introduced by the government last...

April 3, 2015

The coming into force of the Defamation Act 2013 and with it the abolition of the presumption of trial by jury, has had the effect of giving judges greater scope to achieve early resolution.  Previously some issues could not have been decided until it was known whether the trial would t...

March 31, 2015

Reference: [2015] EWCA Civ 311 
Court: Court of Appeal

Date of Judgment: 27 March 2015

 

"There are a number of common law and statutory remedies of which it may be said that one at least of the underlying values they protect is a right to privacy."

 

Lord Hoffman in Wainwright v Home Office

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January 29, 2015

Reference: [2015] EWCA Civ 3

Court: Court: Court of Appeal

Date of Judgment: 22 January 2015

 

On 22 January 2015, the Court of Appeal delivered its keenly awaited judgment in the case between British fashion retailer Topshop and the world famous pop star Rihanna. The case raised in...

September 24, 2014

On 1 October 2014, the government is set to amend the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 to introduce an exception for the use of copyright works for the purposes of parody, caricature and pastiche. This change will bring UK law in line with that of other countries including Germany...

August 24, 2014

Among the many changes made by the Defamation Act 2013 is the requirement that defamation claims are now required to meet a new threshold of seriousness. 

 

This note reviews the existing caselaw in this area and looks at the case of Cooke and another v MGN (2104) which is the first c...

February 13, 2014

Reference: Application No.13258/09, [2014] ECHR 59 
Court: European Court of Human Rights (First Section)

Date of Judgment: 16 Jan 2014

 

The applicants were a musician and an actress both of whom were well known in Norway.  On 20 August 2005, the applicants married in a private ceremony w...

January 12, 2014

Prior to the implementation of the Jackson reforms on 1 April 2013, discussion about the potential effects was focussed firmly on the changes to the rules governing litigation funding and costs management in general. However, it is the reforms to the courts’ case management powers that...

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