Monthly Archives: March 2013

Court of Appeal stresses need for specific justification where there is interference with Article 8 rights

In R (on the application of Catt) and (1) Association of Chief Police Officers (2) Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis; R (on the application of T) and Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [2013] EWCA Civ 192, the Court of Appeal considered two cases concerning the retention of personal data by the police.

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supreme Court considers ‘prevention/detection of crime’ defence in harassment cases

The supreme Court in Hayes v Willoughby, have considered the scope of the defence under s.1(3)(a) of the Protection of Harassment Act 1997. Under that provision, a person cannot be found liable for a course of conduct that amounts to harassment if their conduct was pursued for the purpose of preventing or detecting crime.

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Iain Wilson listed in Thomson Reuters super Lawyers

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson has been listed as a ‘Rising star’ in the inaugural London edition of the Thomson Reuters super Lawyers.  The London directory was launched on 14 March 2013 to compliment the prestigious Us directory which is now in its 22nd year.  The number of lawyers listed as Rising stars (a category for lawyers aged 40 or less) is capped at 2.5% of the total number of lawyers in London.  Iain has been recognised for his achievements in Defamation Law.

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Right to respect for family and private life trumps freedom of expression in ˜harassment by protest case

In The Wife and Children of Omar Othman v English National Resistance & Others the High Court ruled that an injunction preventing protest within the vicinity of a family home and the release of personal information relating to the family did not breach the freedom of expression enshrined in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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