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29.09.18

Leading media lawyer to face SDT over alleged ‘offensive and profane’ comments on social media

Mark Lewis, a solicitor who undertook pioneering work in bringing phone-hacking claims against the News of the World, is being prosecuted by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (‘SRA’) before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) in respect of allegations that he posted ‘offensive and profane’ communications on social media. It is alleged by the SRA that on…

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8.08.18

Love Island and the perils of online trolling

Love Island has come to an end and it certainly divided opinion.  For some, the ITV2 reality dating show set in a luxurious villa in Mallorca was one of the highlights of this glorious summer and a welcome alternative to what seemed like endless hours of World Cup football.  For many others, it was the…

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31.10.17

#MeToo, naming and shaming: a risky business?

“#MeToo”: Five letters that have been tweeted millions of times in the past month, and demonstrate the enormous power of social media and how it can bring about change for the good.  The feeling of solidarity is a cathartic experience for many who have been the victim of sexual abuse, harassment or other forms of…

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11.06.17

The rise of fake news

In 2016, 82% of adults in the UK used the internet on a daily basis compared with just 35% in 2006. Smartphones and mobile devices are the most popular tools for adults to access the internet with 71% accessing through smartphones. Using the internet for social networking on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and…

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3.05.17

Nigel Farage sued for libel by anti-hate charity

Defamation proceedings have been issued in the High Court against former UKIP leader Nigel Farage after he accused the charity Hope not Hate of being ‘violent and undemocratic’.  The allegation was made on 20 December 2016 on LBC radio’s breakfast show. Mr Farage made the allegation after being questioned by LBC breakfast host, Nick Ferrari about…

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16.03.17

Court orders Katie Hopkins to pay £24,000 in damages in Twitter libel case

The food blogger, journalist and left-wing political activist Jack Monroe has been awarded £24,000 in damages by the High Court following two tweets sent by the MailOnline (and former Sun) columnist Katie Hopkins in May 2015. Factual background On 9 May 2015, two days after the General Election, the words “Fuck Tory Scum” were spray painted on…

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11.03.17

Iain Wilson discusses the legal pitfalls of tweeting in Yahoo News interview

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson discusses the libel risks associated with using Twitter in an interview with Yahoo News.  The interview can be found here.  

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3.03.17

Libel/Defamation: Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins – Iain Wilson discusses libel on Twitter in the i newspaper

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson has been interviewed by the i newspaper, offering expert opinion on Twitter libel.   The article can be found here.

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20.02.17

Iain Wilson interviewed by BBC News about Piers Morgan/JK Rowling Twitter spat

Brett Wilson partner Iain Wilson has been interviewed by BBC London News and provided expert comment on the Twitter spat between Piers Morgan and JK Rowling, and the potential legal ramifications of tweeting.

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27.05.16

Iain Wilson on Radio 5 Live discussing Twitter trolls

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson has been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Drive Time show.  Mr Wilson was asked to take part in the show to provide an expert’s view on the law relating to offensive and threatening tweets. The interview can be found at the BBC website (2hrs 52m):-  Click here  

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