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Month: September 2018


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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23.09.18

Barrister fined by ICO as unencrypted client data is uploaded on to the internet

A senior barrister has been fined £1,000.00 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) after unencrypted client data was accidentally uploaded to the internet by her husband. A total of 725 documents, containing information belonging to up to 250 people, were temporarily uploaded to an internet directory when the barrister’s husband was updating software on the…

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21.09.18

Elton John accepts libel damages from The Sun on Sunday over allegations that his dog injured a child

In a joint statement read in the High Court, it was confirmed that Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish have settled their libel claim against New Group Newspapers Limited, the publishers of the The Sun on Sunday.  In an article published on the newspaper’s front paper in February 2018, it was alleged that the claimants’…

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16.09.18

Clarity on Legal Professional Privilege from the Court of Appeal

In The Director of The Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 2006 the Court of Appeal was asked to determine whether certain documents created during the course of an internal company investigation were subject to legal professional privilege. In April 2013, the Serious Fraud Office (‘SFO’) commenced a criminal…

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12.09.18

Iain Wilson interviewed by Bloomberg Radio (New York) on Google’s date with the ECJ

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson is interviewed on Google’s challenge to the French data regulator’s right to be forgotten ruling. The interview took place on the Bloomberg Politics, Policy, Power and Law Show on Bloomberg Radio (New York) and can be accessed here.

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11.09.18

Grenfell fraud conviction

A 26 year old male has been convicted at Isleworth Crown Court after being found guilty of falsely claiming that he had been living in Grenfell Tower at the time of the fire in order to benefit from multiple support services available to victims and their families. On 7 September 2018, Yonatan Eyob was sentenced…

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9.09.18

Roxanne Pallett, common assault and the need for careful reflection

ITV’s Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett has apparently attracted 25,000 complaints following her exaggerated complaint of assault made against Ryan Thomas, a fellow resident in the Celebrity Big Brother (CBB) house. In keeping with the reality show, the incident was caught on camera after Mr Thomas playfully sparred with Ms Pallett, catching her with a light…

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BA hit by massive data breach

British Airways (‘BA’) has reported that between 10.58pm on 21 August and 9.45pm on 5 September 2018, it was the victim of a ‘sophisticated, malicious’ cyber attack resulting in the theft of personal and financial data belonging to up to 380,000 customers who booked flights via the BA app and website during that time period….

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8.09.18

Anonymous litigant-in-person ordered to reveal his identity

In media litigation, it is not uncommon for a claimant to be anonymised (this is particularly the case in proceedings for breach of confidence and/or misuse of private information), but what is remarkable about the case of ABC v Google Inc. [2018] EWHC 137 (QB) is that the claimant has managed to conceal his identity from…

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7.09.18

Max Campbell ‘right to be forgotten’ Lexis Nexis podcast

Brett Wilson partner Max Campbell discusses the latest developments under the ‘the right to be forgotten’ principle as part of Lexis Nexis’s Lex Chat podcast series.  The podcast (episode 7) can be listened to here.        

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