Law relating to social media to be reviewed

The Prime Minister has indicated that the Law Commission will review legislation “to ensure that the criminal law, which was drafted long before the creation of social media platforms, is appropriate to meet the challenges posed by this new technology”. A new “social media code of practice”, providing guidelines for content and conduct and how companies report abuse is also proposed.

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Vlogger Chrissy Chambers secures damages in revenge porn settlement

In a widely-reported settlement, the American vlogger Chrissy Chambers has recovered damages from her former British boyfriend – anonymised in the High Court proceedings as “DCR”.

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Harassment by publication: how private and/or defamatory material can be protected

In GYH v Persons Unknown [2017] EWHC 336, the claimant, a transgender woman who works as an escort, was granted an interim injunction to prevent, amongst other things, the publication of information which purported to relate to her private life.

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Chairman of Oriental Fine Arts Academy of London wins libel claim over embezzlement/corruption slurs

Selvaratnam Suresh, an honorary chairman, trustee and co-founder of the Oriental Fine Arts Academy of London (‘OFAAL’) has succeeded in his libel claim against Abdul Samad, Amirthalingam Nagarajah and Kajananan Sathananthan, after the defendants agreed to retract their allegations, apologise and pay compensation and costs.  The first two defendants are parents of pupils at the West London Tamil School.  The third defendant is a former pupil and the president of the school’s alumni association.

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Full-time; January/February start; competitive salary 

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, including the collecting of DX, greeting of clients and other visitors, the drafting of routine correspondence, filing, bundling, taking payments and invoicing.

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Celebrity blackmail victim obtains injunction restraining publication of allegation of serious criminality

In LJY v Persons Unknown [2017] EWHC 3230 (QB), Mr Justice Warby granted an interim injunction restraining unknown defendants from publishing serious allegations of criminality against a celebrity, anonymised in the proceedings as ‘LJY’.

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Libel/Defamation: cogent evidence required to defeat the qualified privilege defence

In the case of David v Hosany [2017] EWHC 2787 (QB), His Honour Judge Moloney QC considered a libel claim brought by the claimant, a Governor of the East London Foundation NHS Trust, in respect of three publications by the defendant, another Governor of the same Trust. These publications alleged that the claimant had intimidated and harassed the defendant, with two of the publications containing allegations of sexual harassment.

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Publish and be damned: the old adage applies equally to internet users

Websites and social media accounts have been, for some time now, the preferred platforms for those with an axe to grind to attack their opponents.  Disgruntled customers, ex-employees and jilted lovers number amongst those who believe the world wide web provides the best opportunity to criticise those who have dared to cross their path.

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Brett Wilson LLP lawyers recommended in Chambers and Partners 2018 directory

Brett Wilson LLP lawyers have been ranked in the latest edition of the prestigious Chambers and Partners legal directory, which was published on 2 November 2017.

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