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Month: July 2014


Select Committee conclude criminal law sufficient for social media offences

The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications has concluded that the criminal law is “generally appropriate” and sufficient for the prosecution of offences committed using social media and no further legislation is required.  Following a number of high profile social media incidents such as the McAlpine-Bercow libel case, the trolling of female MPs, the publishing of current photographs…

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Ex-employee ordered to pay former colleagues £150,000 in libel and harassment damages

Damages totalling £150,000 have been awarded to five claimants who brought harassment and libel claims against a former colleague in Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust & Ors v S (2014). The Defendant was employed as a trainee cardiac physiologist by the First Claimant.  During the course of the Defendant’s employment, he faced disciplinary…

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Money transfer business accused of being evasive over fraud concerns wins libel damages

Mr Justice Nicol, sitting at the High Court, has awarded a total of £40,000 damages in a libel claim where a television broadcast company wrongly alleged that a money transfer business had been investigated for fraud. In Kadir & Anor v Channel S Television Ltd [2014] EWHC 2305 (QB), the Claimants, Barakah UK Ltd and…

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Iain Wilson writes about tackling revenge porn in the Law Society Gazette

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson writes in the Law Society Gazette about the problems of ‘revenge porn’ and the legal remedies available to victims. A copy of the article can be found here.

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Iain Wilson interviewed by the New York Times on the impact of the Google 'right to be forgotten' ruling

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson has been interviewed by the New York Times about the fallout from the decision in the ECJ case of Google Spain SL, Google Inc. v Agencia Espanola de Proteccion de Datos (AEPD) and Mario Costeja Gonzalez and the response of reputation management companies A copy of the online article…

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The criminalisation of revenge porn mooted

The Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling has indicated that that the government might seek to introduce legislation to tackle instances of ‘revenge porn’. Revenge porn was thrust into the media spotlight last month when it was revealed that David Cameron’s nanny had become the latest victim of this type of cyber attack (see our earlier blog here). Presently there is…

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