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Month: December 2018


7.12.18

YouTuber who persistently breached injunction jailed for four months

In Al-Ko Kober Ltd and another v Sambhi Mr Justice Nicol sentenced Balvinder Sambhi to four months’ imprisonment for contempt of court for repeated breaches of an injunction. Mr Sambhi had set up his own YouTube channel and used it, amongst other things, to publish a series of videos which made derogatory comments about one of…

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6.12.18

Economou v De Freitas: is a contributor to a matter of public interest now immune from suit?

In Economou v De Freitas [2018] EWCA Civ 2591, the Court of Appeal considered the scope of the “publication on a matter of public interest” defence under section 4 of the Defamation Act 2013 for the first time. Facts As the Court of Appeal acknowledged, the background to the claim was tragic. In late December…

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4.12.18

‘Tis the season of unfair trials: criminal allegations in the regulatory arena

Recent weeks have seen a number of high profile criminal allegations being revealed, and even judged upon, without any involvement from the criminal justice system. The most obvious of these cases involved Lord Lester of Herne Hill. The eminent Human Rights lawyer, and former Liberal Democrat spokesman on Human Rights, was found culpable of sexual…

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