Ofcom opens seven investigations into Russia Today – BBC News

Posted April 19th, 2018 in media, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Ofcom has opened seven investigations into Russia Today, in light of the Salisbury nerve agent attack which took place in March.’

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BBC News, 18th April 2018

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The police told Stephen Lawrence’s family they’d changed. We were fooled – Imran Khan – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2018 in London, media, news, police, racism by sally

‘I’ve represented Doreen Lawrence since her son’s murder. The attack on her by a former detective in a BBC documentary makes us feel betrayed about the Met’s attitude to racism.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2018

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Litigant’s claim struck out for discussing case during break in giving evidence – a cautionary tale – Transparency Project

Posted April 19th, 2018 in appeals, BBC, employment tribunals, evidence, media, news, striking out, witnesses by sally

‘It’s one of the cardinal rules of court procedure: once you’ve entered the witness box and started to give evidence, you mustn’t discuss the case with anyone outside court, if there’s a break in the proceedings, until you’ve finished giving evidence.’

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Transparency Project, 15th April 2018

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Kensington & Chelsea fined £120k for disclosure of owners of empty properties – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been hit with a £120,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the council unlawfully identified 943 people who owned vacant properties in the borough.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th April 2018

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Tribunal: journalist entitled to obtain tax appeal documentation – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 16th, 2018 in disclosure, documents, media, news, public interest, reporting restrictions, taxation by tracey

‘A journalist should generally be entitled to obtain copies of documentation lodged with the tribunal as part of a tax appeal, including the grounds of appeal and the response of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Upper Tribunal (UT) has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th April 2018

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Cliff Richard case ‘likely to have massive implications’ – BBC News

‘When South Yorkshire Police raided Sir Cliff Richard’s home in August 2014, he was in Portugal, but the BBC was outside, with a helicopter standing by.’

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BBC News, 12th April 2018

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The second Bridget Lindley Annual Memorial Lecture: Transcript – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted April 9th, 2018 in families, family courts, lectures, media by tracey

‘The Family Justice Council recently held its Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture which looked at the impact of social media on the family justice system and family law journalism.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 29th March 2018

The Leveson Inquiry Wrapped up Early, So What Does This Mean for Free Speech and Privacy? – RightsInfo

‘The public inquiry into media ethics following the phone-hacking scandal of 2011 will not be concluded in full. Why is this happening, and what does it mean for freedom of speech and our right to privacy?’

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RightsInfo, 4th April 2018

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Legal Bloggers attending family court hearings – Transparency Project

Posted April 6th, 2018 in family courts, law reports, media, news by sally

‘We’ve written before about cases where we wished we’d been present alongside journalists to report on a case, to see if we saw the same things, or selected the same information to report. And we’ve regularly challenged, corrected or explained not very good reporting by journalists – some of whom have been in court and some of whom are reporting on the basis of published judgments or information from one or other of the parties.’

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Transparency Project, 4th April 2018

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Tax tribunal rules digital newspapers should be subject to VAT – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 20th, 2018 in internet, media, news, taxation, tribunals, VAT by sally

‘A UK tax tribunal has ruled that digital versions of daily newspapers should be subject to VAT, unlike printed editions containing the same content.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th March 2018

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Family court secrecy lets judges get away with mistakes, senior judge says – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 15th, 2018 in family courts, judges, law reports, media, mistake, news, private hearings by tracey

‘Secrecy in family courts could be allowing judges to get away with mistakes, the most senior family judge in England and Wales has said. Speaking at an event on Tuesday evening, Sir James Munby, president of the high court’s family division, said that judges were “grotesquely overworked” and “tired” and so more likely to make errors.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2018

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Mail Online: Ipso upholds complaint over article on ‘lorry’ incident at Oxford Circus – The Guardian

Posted March 9th, 2018 in complaints, internet, media, news, terrorism by tracey

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The Guardian, 8th March 2018

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Leveson inquiry: government confirms second stage axed – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in inquiries, interception, media, news, police, privacy by tracey

‘The culture secretary, Matt Hancock, confirmed on Thursday that the government would drop plans for the second phase of the Leveson inquiry into press standards launched in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2018

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Costs budgeting expected to feature in media case preliminaries – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 1st, 2018 in budgets, case management, defamation, media, news by sally

‘Parties in defamation cases seeking hearings of preliminary issues can expect more active case management by courts, including requirements to set out their anticipated legal costs, a media law expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th February 2018

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Channel 5 ordered to pay £20,000 damages to evicted couple – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in damages, media, misuse of private information, news, privacy by tracey

‘Channel 5 has been ordered to pay a couple £10,000 each for the distress of broadcasting them being evicted.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2018

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Max Mosley ‘using data protection law to gag the media’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 16th, 2018 in data protection, media, news by sally

‘Max Mosley, the former head of Formula 1, has been accused of trying to gag the media, using data protection laws to “erase” his notorious sexual history.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th February 2018

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UK to review laws on ‘offensive online communications’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 8th, 2018 in codes of practice, internet, media, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘UK prime minister Theresa May has commissioned a review into current legislation on “offensive online communications”.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th February 2018

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Mirror Group pays damages to Hugh Grant after admitting a ‘decade of unlawful intrusion’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 6th, 2018 in damages, interception, media, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Senior figures at Mirror Group newspapers “condoned, encouraged or turned a blind eye” to a decade of widespread phone hacking and unlawful intrusion by its journalists, it has been admitted.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th February 2018

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High Court rejects BBC’s bid to move Paradise Papers case to media list – Litigation Futures

Posted January 29th, 2018 in BBC, civil procedure rules, courts, documents, media, news by sally

‘Offshore law firm Appleby has won the first skirmish in its case against the BBC and The Guardian newspaper over the ‘Paradise Papers’ leak, after the High Court refused the defendants’ bid to move the case from the Chancery Division to the media and communications list.’

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Litigation Futures, 29th January 2018

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Case brought against ‘Little Mix’ promoter puts discrimination laws in the spotlight, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 26th, 2018 in disability discrimination, disabled persons, equality, media, news by sally

‘A legal case brought against the promoters of a concert for one of the UK’s most popular bands highlights the risks to businesses if they do not make their services accessible to all.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th January 2018

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