Ukraine war ‘opening eyes’ to need to reform England’s libel laws, says lawyer – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2023 in barristers, defamation, freedom of expression, media, news, Russia, Ukraine, war by sally

‘Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has helped “open eyes” to the idea of reforming England’s increasingly draconian libel and privacy laws, according to one of the country’s leading media advocates.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2022

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Pilot scheme begins aimed at opening up proceedings in family courts – The Independent

Posted January 31st, 2023 in family courts, media, news, pilot schemes, reporting restrictions by tracey

‘A pilot scheme has started which aims to throw a light on the workings of the family court system.’

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The Independent, 30th January 2023

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Media get the go-ahead to report family proceedings – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Journalists will be able to report on family court proceedings for the first time as part of a new pilot in a “big cultural change” to the Family Division. The hope is that the Transparency Reporting Pilot, to be conducted at three courts, will improve transparency and accountability.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th January 2023

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Eamonn Holmes in challenge to tax tribunal ruling over ’employee’ status at ITV – The Independent

Posted January 19th, 2023 in appeals, income tax, media, national insurance, news, self-employment, tribunals by tracey

‘Television presenter Eamonn Holmes is challenging a tribunal ruling that concluded he should be treated as an ITV employee for tax reasons when he presented This Morning.’

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The Independent, 15th January 2023

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Ministry of Justice to launch call for evidence on open justice – Legal Futures

Posted January 17th, 2023 in courts, electronic filing, media, Ministry of Justice, news, remote hearings, tribunals by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is to launch a “wide-ranging” call for evidence on open justice, access to information and transparency across the courts and tribunals.’

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Legal Futures, 17th January 2023

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National security bill may have ‘chilling effect’ on investigative journalism in UK – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2023 in bills, intelligence services, media, news, spying, whistleblowers by sally

‘The UK’s proposed national security bill could have a “chilling effect” on investigative journalism because it sets too low a bar on what constitutes spying, the deputy chair of the Telegraph newspapers has warned.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2023

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Family Justice: Ostiis Apertis? – Transparency Project

Posted January 12th, 2023 in anonymity, family courts, financial provision, media, news, pilot schemes, privacy by sally

‘On 28 October 2021 the President published the outcome of his Transparency Review: Confidence and Confidentiality: Transparency in the Family Courts.’

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Transparency Project, 12th January 2023

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Pilot scheme to allow family court reporting for first time – Local Government Lawyer

‘Journalists will be able to report what happens in family courts from the end of January, under a pilot scheme taking place in Leeds, Cardiff and Carlisle.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th December 2022

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Senior media figures call for law to stop oligarchs silencing UK journalists – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2022 in bills, freedom of expression, media, news, public interest by sally

‘A coalition of senior journalists and editors from across the political spectrum is calling on the justice secretary, Dominic Raab, to back a proposed law to tackle the global super-rich’s use of “abusive legal tactics to shut down investigations”.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2022

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M25 protests: Arrests of journalists not justified, review finds – BBC News

Posted November 24th, 2022 in climate change, demonstrations, media, news, nuisance, police, roads, wrongful arrest by sally

‘A review into the actions of a police force during a Just Stop Oil protest on the M25 has concluded the arrests of journalists “were not justified”.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2022

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Matt Hancock broke government rules over I’m a Celebrity stint, says watchdog chair – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2022 in codes of practice, government departments, media, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Matt Hancock breached the government’s business appointment rules by not consulting the watchdog before appearing on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!, the chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba) has said.’

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2022

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Open Justice : Court Reporting In The Digital Age – Transparency Project

Posted November 15th, 2022 in civil justice, family courts, law reports, media, news by sally

‘On 1 November 2022 the House of Commons Justice Committee published their report : Open Justice: court reporting in the digital age.’

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Transparency Project, 12th November 2022

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Case Preview: News Corp UK & Ireland Limited v Commissioners for His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs – UKSC Blog

Posted November 2nd, 2022 in appeals, HM Revenue & Customs, media, news, Supreme Court, taxation, VAT by sally

‘In this post, Jack Prytherch, Of Counsel in the Tax team at CMS, previews the case of News Corp UK & Ireland Limited v Commissioners for His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, which is scheduled to be heard on 22 and 23 November 2022.’

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UKSC Blog, 31st October 2022

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Twitter libel ruling vindicates TV presenter – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 1st, 2022 in appeals, damages, defamation, internet, media, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal’s judgment was handed down in August 2022 in Laura Murray’s appeal against the ruling of Mr Justice Nicklin in Rachel Riley’s (pictured above) libel claim. The appeal was unanimously dismissed by the Court of Appeal, with £10,000 falling due to Riley.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th October 2022

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Police apologise to woman for not pursuing sex assault report – BBC News

Posted October 24th, 2022 in evidence, media, news, police, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘A woman who was sexually assaulted at a bus station said police failed to act despite her sending them photos of her attacker.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2022

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Legal action by Doreen Lawrence and Prince Harry could mire Daily Mail for years – The Guardian

‘Now Dacre faces the prospect of seeing the Daily Mail’s parent company Associated Newspapers dragged into a lengthy legal battle, where he could have to give evidence under oath about his newspaper’s activities in the name of journalism. According to a statement issued by lawyers for the six individuals, the claims include allegations of illegal activity such as homes being bugged, deceptive tactics used to obtain private medical information and the tapping of live phone calls.’

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The Guardian, 7th October 2022

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Elton John and Prince Harry sue Daily Mail publisher over ‘privacy breach’ – BBC News

Posted October 7th, 2022 in compensation, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘Sir Elton John is among several public figures taking legal action against the publisher of the Daily Mail over what they call “gross breaches of privacy”.’

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BBC News, 6th October 2022

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‘Wagatha Christie’ trial: Vardy ordered to pay up to £1.5m of Rooney’s legal fees – The Guardian

Posted October 5th, 2022 in costs, defamation, evidence, media, news, sport by sally

‘Rebekah Vardy will have to pay up to £1.5m to Coleen Rooney in legal fees after losing yet another stage in the “Wagatha Christie” libel trial.’

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The Guardian, October 2022

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Suella Braverman to consider giving anonymity to suspected criminals – The Guardian

‘The home secretary will examine the possibility of giving anonymity to suspected criminals after concern over the identification and treatment of high-profile people wrongly accused of sexual abuse.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2022

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What impact might the Bill of Rights have on freedom of expression cases? Part II – Constitutional Law Matters

Posted September 1st, 2022 in bills, freedom of expression, human rights, media, news, public interest by sally

‘In this second post, Godwin Busuttil explains how the proposed Bill of Rights would change how courts were required to interpret the scope of Convention rights in the freedom of expression context. The Bill if enacted would mean that UK courts no longer needed to take account of decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. UK courts would also be expected generally not to interpret Convention rights in a way that was more expansive than interpretations placed upon those rights by the European Court of Human Rights. However, they would be allowed to do so when this was to protect freedom of expression.’

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Constitutional Law Matters, 24th August 2022

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