Mittal v. Mittal: English Family Courts Still Open for Business in the Wider World – Family Law Week

“Tim Amos QC and Duncan Brooks of Queen Elizabeth Building, counsel for the respondent, consider the issues and implications of the Court of Appeal’s important judgment in Mittal v Mittal.”

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Family Law Week, 20th October 2013


Rulings ‘foreshadow’ clampdown on libel tourism in imminent defamation law reforms, say experts –

Posted October 17th, 2013 in choice of forum, defamation, news by sally

“The High Court’s refusals to hear the outcome of two defamation claims serve as a pre-cursor to stiffer rules on libel tourism, two experts have said.”

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Libel tourism at an end, say lawyers following high court rulings – The Guardian

“Lawyers have heralded the death of so-called libel tourism after the high court threw out two cases brought by wealthy foreigners over allegations published overseas.”

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The Guardian, 15th October 2013


The verdict that finally goes against libel tourism: Fatal blow for individuals with little or no link to UK trying to bring claims – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2013 in choice of forum, defamation, news by sally

“The use of the English courts by individuals with little or no link to the United Kingdom to bring expensive libel proceedings has been dealt a likely fatal blow after judges threw out two defamation suits brought by foreign claimants.”

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The Independent, 14th October 2013


COMI, bankruptcy tourism and forum shopping – 11 Stone Buildings

Posted February 7th, 2013 in bankruptcy, choice of forum, insolvency, jurisdiction, news by sally

“The UK Bankruptcy Courts have become the destination of choice for foreign debtors leading to ‘bankruptcy tourism’ and forum shopping. Why is this the case and is it ever safe to travel? Marcia Shekerdemian sets the scene, examines this phenomenon and puts a few cases under the insolvency microscope.”

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11 Stone Buildings, February 2013


You Can’t Read This Book: why libel tourists love London – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2012 in choice of forum, defamation, freedom of expression, media, news, publishing by sally

“In an exclusive extract from You Can’t Read This Book, the Observer columnist Nick Cohen presents a damning indictment of how the English legal system helps the wealthy and powerful suppress inconvenient truths.”

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The Guardian, 15th January 2012


Extradition row: Give British judges final say on where cases should be tried – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 5th, 2011 in choice of forum, extradition, news by sally

“British judges should be given the power to decide where cases should be tried to avoid drawn-out extradition rows, according to legal experts.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2011


Abdulla and others v Birmingham City Council – WLR Daily

Abdulla and others v Birmingham City Council: [2011] EWCA Civ 1412;  [2011] WLR (D)  342

“Where an equal pay claim under the Equal Pay Act 1970 was brought in an ordinary court within the six-year limitation period for bringing contract claims, the claim could not be struck out under section 2(3) of the 1970 Act on the grounds that it could be ‘more conveniently disposed of’ by an employment tribunal in circumstances where it was known to the court that the tribunal would have to decline jurisdiction to deal with the claim on the basis that it had been brought outside the six-month time limit for presenting an unequal pay complaint to the tribunal.”

WLR Daily, 29th November 2011


eDate Advertising GmbH v X: Martinez and another v MGN Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted November 18th, 2011 in choice of forum, EC law, electronic commerce, law reports, privacy by tracey

eDate Advertising GmbH v X: Martinez and another v MGN Ltd; (Joined Cases C-509/09 and C-161/10);  [2011] WLR (D)  330

“Under article 5(3) of Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 of 22 December 2000 a person who considered that his privacy rights had been infringed by content placed online on an internet website had the option of bringing an action either before the courts of the member state in which the publisher of that content was established or before the courts of the member state in which the centre of his interests was based. Under article 3 of Directive 2000/31/EC (‘the E-Commerce Directive’) member states had to ensure that, subject to the derogations authorised in accordance with the conditions set out in article 3(4), the provider of an electronic commerce service was not made subject to stricter requirements than those provided for by the substantive law applicable in the member state in which that service provider was established.”

WLR Daily, 25th October 2011


Russian wife’s £2.85m divorce in Britain will ‘open floodgates’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 1st, 2011 in choice of forum, divorce, news by sally

“A Russian student has been awarded £2.8 million after an 18-month marriage in a settlement that her ex-husband’s lawyer claimed could turn Britain into the ‘divorce capital of the world’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st March 2011


Defamation Bill intended to kill off ‘libel tourism’ – The Independent

Posted March 15th, 2011 in bills, choice of forum, defamation, defences, freedom of expression, internet, news by sally

“Major changes to Britain’s antiquated defamation laws will be outlined by ministers today with the publication of a bill to provide greater protection for free speech and an end to ‘libel tourism’.”

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The Independent, 15th March 2011


New rules to discourage ‘libel tourism’ in Britain – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 14th, 2011 in choice of forum, defamation, news by sally

“The new rules will block celebrities and businessmen from bringing libel cases in this country unless they can prove that publication caused them ‘substantial harm’ in England and Wales, it is understood.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2011


Libel tourism is a very rare thing in UK courts, finds study –

Posted September 2nd, 2010 in choice of forum, defamation, news by sally

“Just three out of 83 defamation cases reported in the UK in the past year involved libel tourism, according to a study. Concern about foreign residents suing foreign publishers in UK courts greatly outweighs its actual occurrence, the figures suggest.”

Full story, 2nd September 2010


Invasion of the libel tourists – The Independent

Posted August 21st, 2008 in choice of forum, defamation, special report by sally

“US celebrities are being actively courted by media lawyers to take advantage of Britain’s tougher libel laws and bring their cases to London.”

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The Independent, 21st August 2008