SDT rejects misconduct charge against solicitor who recommended surveillance of opponent lawyers

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has found that Farrer & Co Solicitor Julian Pike did not commit professional conduct when he advised his client News International to arrange the surveillance of two lawyers acting for victims of phone-hacking (understood to be Mark Lewis and Charlotte Harris).  At the time Mr Harris was defending phone-hacking claims for his client.

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Finsbury Park Mosque wins libel damages against controversial World Check database

The company that runs Finsbury Park Mosque this week obtained libel damages from Reuters Ltd, the international news agency which publishes the controversial ‘World Check’ database.

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GMC urges increased caution over release of medical records to solicitors

The General Medical Council (GMC) has issued updated guidelines (to come into force on 25 April 2017) providing a stricter and definitive means of determining whether or not to disclose confidential medical information.  The Guidance, which can be found here, contains eight principles of good practice in handling patient information and includes a requirement to ask for explicit consent to disclose indentifiable information about a patient and to only disclosure information that is relevant to the request made.

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Libel/Defamation: Moroccan Prince wins libel and data protection appeal against Arabic news publisher

Prince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah Al Alouai of Morocco (‘the Prince’) has won an appeal against Elaph Publishing Limited (‘Elaph’) that now allows him to advance a claim under the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’) and also overturned a previous ruling that the words published were not capable of being defamatory.

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Harassment Warnings/Police Information Notices: Restraining Orders without due process?

The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (PHA) was introduced to target stalking.  For the most part, Parliament had strangers in mind, whether physically following a victim and/or persistently giving them unwanted attention.  As is often the way, enforcement of the Act evolved from those early intentions.  Now, the vast majority of prosecutions involve people who know each other, one of them reporting that they are the victim of a course of conduct which amounts to harassment by the other, and which that person knew or ought to have known caused them harassment alarm or distress.  The basic offence, section 2 of PHA, is a summary-only offence (meaning it can only be tried in the Magistrates’ Court) but the more serious offences of harassment putting people in fear of violence (section s4 of PHA), or stalking involving fear of violence or serious alarm or distress (section 4A of PHA), can be tried in the Crown Court and both incur up to five years imprisonment.

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Brett Wilson LLP and partners recommended in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners directories

The prestigious Legal 500 directory has again listed Brett Wilson LLP as a leading firm in the fields of reputation management, white collar crime/fraud and general crime. The 2016 edition of the directory was published on 14 September 2016.  This is the fifth consecutive year that Brett Wilson LLP has featured in the directory.

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Claimants obtain interim injunction preventing disclosure of extramarital affair

In TRK & BVP v ICM [2016] EWHC 2810 Mr Justice Warby granted an interim without notice injunction preventing a spurned lover from disclosing private information obtained from the alleged hacking of his former lover’s computer system.

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Vacancy: Junior Paralegal/administrator – media law

Junior Paralegal/administrator required. Principal role will be to provide support to a busy boutique firm in Farringdon, London, EC1 specialising in libel/privacy, regulatory and criminal/fraud work. Work will involve a mixture of administrative tasks/general office support (75%), including the collecting of DX, greeting of clients and other visitors etc, and some fee-earning (25%), principally for the firm’s media law department.

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