Douglas and Another v. Hello! Ltd. and Others – Times Law Reports

Posted May 3rd, 2007 in confidentiality, contracts, economic loss, law reports by sally

Duty of confidentiality to celebrities is enforceable

Douglas and Another v. Hello! Ltd. and Others

House of Lords 

“Photographic images of the wedding of two celebrities had a commercial value over which the celebrities had sufficient control to enable them to impose an obligation of confidence. A magazine publisher who had bought the exclusive right to publish the photographs and had the benefit of the duty of confidentiality imposed by the celebrities, had the right to enforce that duty against a rival magazine which published unauthorised photographs of the wedding.”

The Times, 3rd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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R (Dost Mohammed) v. Secretary of State for Defence – WLR Daily

R (Dost Mohammed) v. Secretary of State for Defence [2007] EWCA Civ 983

“The scheme adopted by the British Government in 2000 to make an ex gratia single payment of £10,000 to each surviving member of five specified categories of persons who had been imprisoned by the Japanese during the Second World War, or their surviving spouses, did not unlawfully discriminate on grounds of race against a Pakistani citizen who had been captured while serving in the Indian army and who could not meet the criteria set out in the scheme.”

WLR Daily, 1st May 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Adelson and another v. Associated Newspapers Ltd. – WLR Daily

Posted May 3rd, 2007 in law reports, limitations, pleadings by sally

Adelson and another v. Associated Newspapers Ltd.

“There was no jurisdiction under s 35 of the Limitation Act 1980 or under CPR r 19.5 to grant an application to amend pleadings by the addition of new claimants in the course of a libel action after the expiry of the limitation period.”

WLR Daily, 1st May 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

The relationship between state, sentencers and probation (judicial and probation autonomy) by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers

Posted May 3rd, 2007 in probation, sentencing by sally

The relationship between the state, sentencers and probation (judicial and probation autonomy) (PDF)

Speech by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Probation Boards Association Conference, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

BCCI working party to push for robust use of judges’ powers to limit rising dispute costs – Legal Week

Posted May 3rd, 2007 in Commercial Court, news by sally

“A top-level, post-BCCI commercial litigation working party, chaired by the judge in charge of the commercial court Mr Justice Aikens, is to lay out its proposals in an ambitious bid to reform the way complex cases are managed.”

Full story 

Legal Week, 3rd May 2007

Source: www.legalweek.com

Bar Council wins lobbying victory in Lords vote – Legal Week

Posted May 3rd, 2007 in legal services, news by sally

“The judiciary looks set to win the right to influence appointments to the Legal Services Board following a successful lobbying campaign by the Bar Council for amendments to the Legal Services Bill.”

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Legal Week, 3rd May 2007

Source: www.legalweek.com

The one that got away – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 3rd, 2007 in barristers by sally

“Why should one of Britain’s leading specialists in family cases leave the Bar after 35 years and join a solicitors’ firm? It is not unknown for lawyers to seek new challenges in their early to mid-fifties, but the conventional way of changing direction is to become a judge.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd May 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

US lawyers move to cut £55m in perks – The Times

Posted May 3rd, 2007 in news, pensions, perjury, remuneration by sally

“Lawyers acting for some of Britain’s largest pension funds yesterday sought to freeze the £55 million of bonuses and pension payments due to the former chief executive of BP.”

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The Times, 3rd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Life got just tougher for those who get scooped – The Times

Posted May 3rd, 2007 in confidentiality, contracts, economic loss, news by sally

“The House of Lords’ ruling, by a 3 – 2 majority in favour of OK! magazine’s £1 million claim against Hello!, will further strengthen the grip that celebrities have over the exploitation of their fame. The use of “spoilers”, in which one publication beats another to an “exclusive” story, will now carry a much greater risk of large compensation claims.”

Full story

The Times, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Judgment in full: Douglas v. Hello! – The Times

Posted May 2nd, 2007 in confidentiality, contracts, economic loss, law reports by sally

Douglas v. Hello! [2007] UKHL 21

The Times, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Lords OK Hello!’s Zeta-Jones wedding payout – The Times

Posted May 2nd, 2007 in confidentiality, contracts, economic loss, news by sally

“OK! magazine won it’s [sic] appeal today against glossy rival Hello! in the dispute over the Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas wedding photographs.”

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The Times, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Landowners secure landmark victory against troubled tenants – The Times

Posted May 2nd, 2007 in insolvency, news, rent by sally

“A clutch of Britain’s biggest landowners who together count for about £100 billion of commercial property have won a landmark High Court battle to prevent tenants wriggling out of unpaid rent when they go under.”

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The Times, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Survey reveals UK’s best and worst legal websites – The Times

Posted May 2nd, 2007 in law firms, news by sally

“Addleshaw Goddard boasts the best website of any UK law firm according to an annual survey that names and shames the best – and worst – legal sites.”

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The Times, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Implementation of the Carter Review of Legal Aid – Constitutional Affairs Select Committee

Posted May 2nd, 2007 in legal aid, reports by sally

Implementation of the Carter Review of Legal Aid (PDF)

Constitutional Affairs Select Committee, 1st May 2007

Source: www.parliament.uk

Statement from Lord Justice Thomas on the creation of the Ministry of Justice

Posted May 2nd, 2007 in Ministry of Justice by sally

Statement  from Lord Justice Thomas on the creation of the Ministry of Justice (PDF)

This statement was prepared to be given in evidence to the Constitution Committee of the House of Lords on 1 May 2007

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

House of Lords Judgments: What’s new?

Posted May 2nd, 2007 in law reports by sally

OBG Limited and others (Appellants) v. Allan and others (Respondents) Douglas and another and others (Appellants) v. Hello! Limited and others (Respondents) Mainstream  Properties Limited (Appellants) v. Young and others and another (Respondents) [2007] UKHL 21 (2 May 2007)

Source: www.parliament.uk

‘Perjury’ threat for ex-BP boss – BBC News

Posted May 2nd, 2007 in news, perjury by sally

“Former BP chief Lord John Browne [sic] may now face charges of perjury amid allegations that he lied to a court about a gay partner, reports say.”

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BBC News, 2nd May 2007

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Home packs in doubt after critical Lords report – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 2nd, 2007 in home information packs, news by sally

“The controversial home-sellers’ packs may yet be scrapped after a damning report from the House of Lords yesterday added to a barrage of criticism.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

O’Brien v. Seagrave and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted May 2nd, 2007 in law reports, probate by sally

Claim provides sufficient interest

O’Brien v. Seagrave and Another

Chancery Division 

“A claimant who had a right to bring a statutory claim for provision from a deceased’s estate could be said to have an interest in the estate for the purposes of bringing a probate claim.”

The Times, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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Evans v. United Kingdom – Times Law Reports

Posted May 2nd, 2007 in embryology, human rights, law reports by sally

Public interest outweighs individual’s private right

Evans v. United Kingdom (Application No. 6339/05)

European Court of Human Rights

“The United Kingdom did not exceed its margin of appreciation in requiring that both donors had to give consent to the implanting of fertilised embryos in the uterus.”

The Times, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.