Access all areas? – New Law Journal

‘Overriding lawyer-client & confidential communications is incompatible with the rule of law, as Nicholas Griffin QC, Robert O’Sullivan QC & Gordon Nardell QC explain.’

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New Law Journal, 27th February 2015

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Press regulator to look at Daily Telegraph and HSBC allegations – The Guardian

‘The press regulator is to look at allegations that the Daily Telegraph allowed commercial pressures to dictate editorial decisions following Peter Oborne’s resignation over its coverage of HSBC.’

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The Guardian, 24th February 2015

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Britain is leading the charge against basic human rights, Amnesty claims – The Independent

‘Increased surveillance in Britain, along with the reduction of access to justice, have contributed to one of the worst assaults on human rights in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall, according to a damning assessment by Amnesty International.’

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The Independent, 25th February 2015

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JX MX v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust (Personal Injury Bar Association and another intervening) – WLR Daily

JX MX v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust (Personal Injury Bar Association and another intervening) [2015] EWCA Civ 96 ; [2015] WLR (D) 77

‘The Court of Appeal issued guidelines as to the principles which should apply, on an application for approval of a compromise of a claim of damages for personal injury brought by a child, where the court in the exercise of its power was deciding whether as a matter of necessity to withhold from the public the names of the parties to the litigation.

WLR Daily, 17th February 2015

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CA supports anonymity orders in personal injury approval hearings – UK Human Rights Blog

‘For some years there has been debate between the judges about whether anonymity orders should be made when very seriously injured people’s claims are settled and the court is asked to approve the settlement. This welcome decision of the Court of Appeal means that anonymity orders will normally be made in cases involving protected parties.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th February 2015

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Lawyers using libel threats to “intimidate” clients who post negative reviews online – Legal Futures

‘Lawyers are increasingly using threats of libel action to intimidate clients into taking down negative reviews from comparison websites, it was claimed yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 20th February 2015

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Charities warn ‘gagging law’ stops them campaigning on election issues – The Independent

Posted February 19th, 2015 in charities, elections, freedom of expression, lobbying, news by sally

‘Charities have warned they are being deterred from staging major campaigns on crucial general election issues because of the “chilling” impact of controversial new rules on lobbying.’

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The Independent, 18th February 2015

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Twitter joke trial law is being used to win easy convictions and must be scrapped, report claims – The Independent

‘The law used to prosecute a man for joking on Twitter about blowing up a snowbound airport should be scrapped since it is used to get easy convictions, according to a report out today.’

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The Independent, 19th February 2015

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Critics of Islam prevented from entering UK to attend Lee Rigby rally – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This short case involves the old dilemma of public order law: whether it is right to shut down speech when the speaker himself does not intend to incite violence, but whose presence it is said may lead third parties to commit violence. Indeed the facts of this particular case go further than that , because the applicants had no plans to make any public address during their proposed visit to Britain. It was their presence alone which was feared would inflame “community tensions”.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th February 2015

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Court of Appeal upholds exclusion from UK of anti Muslim speakers at English Defence League rally – Free Movement

Posted February 10th, 2015 in appeals, freedom of expression, judicial review, news, speeches, visas by sally

‘The case of R (On the Application Of Geller & Anor) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 45 was an application to the Court of Appeal against a refusal by the Upper Tribunal to grant permission for judicial review by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, the founders ‘Stop Islamization of America’, referred to by the Secretary of State as an anti-Muslim hate group. This contributor was previously unaware of Geller and Spencer’s work, but after 5 minutes on YouTube was in rare agreement with the Secretary of State. They had planned to visit the UK in the aftermath of the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, to address a rally planned by the English Defence League in Greenwich on Saturday 29 June 2013, armed forces day.’

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Free Movement, 10th February 2015

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Punish hate crime on social media with internet asbos, say MPs – The Guardian

‘Social media users who persistently spread racial hatred online should be given “internet asbos” blocking them from sites such as Facebook and Twitter, according to an MPs’ report that examines the rising levels of antisemitism in Britain.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2015

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Politicians have a human right to sound racist, says equalities watchdog – Daily Telegraph

‘Equality and Human Rights Commission upholds right to publish Mohammed cartoons but not to teach that gay people will ‘burn in Hell’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th February 2015

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Theresa May’s plans to stop students being drawn to terrorism are in conflict with law, says QC – The Independent

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in bills, confidentiality, freedom of expression, news, terrorism, universities by sally

‘Plans by Home Secretary Theresa May to place a legal duty on universities to prevent students from being drawn into terrorism are in conflict with existing law, a leading QC will warn tomorrow.’

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The Independent, 1st February 2015

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Judge orders father to take his children to church – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 20th, 2015 in appeals, children, custody, divorce, freedom of expression, judges, news by sally

‘Child care proceedings challenged after judge tells father he has a legal requirement to take his sons to Catholic mass.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th January 2015

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Attempt to ban performing artist’s abuse memoir ‘threatens free speech’ – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2015 in appeals, freedom of expression, injunctions, news, publishing, Supreme Court by sally

‘An attempt to prevent a performing artist from publishing his memoir on the grounds that its contents would be distressing for his son to read has opened up “a new, substantial and unpredictable threat to freedom of expression”, lawyers representing free speech campaigners have told the UK supreme court.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2015

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Libyan Rendition, Human Rights Week 2014 and the Naked Rambler – Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Libyan Rendition, Human Rights Week 2014 and the Naked Rambler – Human Rights Roundup.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st December 2014

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Speech by Master of the Rolls: Criticising Judges: Fair game or off-limits? – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted December 1st, 2014 in freedom of expression, judiciary, media, speeches by tracey

‘The Master of the Rolls gave the Third Annual BAILII Lecture on 27 November 2014.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 28th November 2014

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IBC Legal Conferences’ 8th Annual Social Media Law Conference – Attorney General’s Office

Posted December 1st, 2014 in contempt of court, freedom of expression, internet, pornography, speeches by tracey

‘IBC Legal Conferences’ 8th Annual Social Media Law Conference – Attorney General’s sppech.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 27th November 2014

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Terror bill requires universities to ban extremist speakers – The Guardian

‘New powers for the home secretary to order universities to ban extremist speakers from their campuses are to be included in a new counter-terrorism bill.’

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The Guardian, 24th November 2014

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Jailed Twitter troll speaks of regret – BBC News

‘Internet trolling has become a growing problem in recent years, but is enough being done to teach children about online abuse?’

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BBC News, 17th November 2014

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