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Month: August 2014


Criminal law case – Man sentenced to 33 months’ imprisonment after selling pirated film online

Philip Danks has been sentenced to 2 years and 9 months’ imprisonment for recording the film Fast and Furious 6 in his local cinema and uploading it on the internet.  Mr Danks, a computer programmer,  recorded the film on its release day on his camcorder, uploaded the film on the internet and offered to sell copies of his recording for as little…

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The High Court grants permission for Google to be served with data protection claim outside of the jurisdiction

Mr Justice Bean sitting at the High Court of Justice has given permission for Google to be served with a claim form outside of the jurisdiction.  The claim, brought by Mr Daniel Hegglin, relates to anonymous abusive and defamatory postings concerning him on the world wide web.  When the claimant’s name was typed into the Google search…

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Enforcing confiscation beyond benefit disproportionate rules Supreme Court

In the conjoined appeals in the cases of Ahmad and another and Fields and others [2014] UKSC 36 the Supreme Court heard submissions from a stellar array of counsel. Tim Owen QC and Andrew Bodnar from Matrix appeared on behalf of Fields, Andrew Mitchell QC and Kennedy Talbot from 33 Chancery Lane appeared on behalf…

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Iain Wilson on News at Ten responding to Jimmy Wales' claim that the deletion of historical information is immoral

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales have been interviewed by ITV News at Ten on whether there should be a ‘right to be forgotten’.  Mr Wales claims that the removal of historical information from the internet is immoral. A video of the broadcast can be found by following the below link:-

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False complaints to the Police: the witness immunity rule

In Crawford v Jenkins [2014] EWCA Civ 1035, the Claimant had sued the Defendant in false imprisonment and harassment on the basis of allegedly malicious statements made to the Police which had resulted in his arrest and detention.  The course of conduct said to amount to harassment consisted of two text messages sent to him…

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Malicious allegations can amount to oppressive harassment, even if they can easily be rebutted

In Plavelil v Department of Public Prosecutions [2014] EWHC 736 (Admin), the Divisional Court considered an appeal by way of case stated (an appeal of a decision on the law) as to whether a report of misconduct made to a professional body (in this case, the General Medical Council), could be oppressive, and therefore amount…

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