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Month: July 2021


Tommy Robinson ordered to pay £100,000 in damages to schoolboy he defamed on Facebook

On 22 July 2021, Mr Justice Nicklin handed down judgment in the Hijazi v Yaxley defamation proceedings (Yaxley-Lennon is popularly known by his pseudonym, Tommy Robinson).  The full judgment (Hijazi v Yaxley-Lennon [2021] EWHC 2008 (QB)) can be found here. Early in the litigation Mr Yaxley-Lennon was represented by solicitors and lead Counsel.  In the…

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Legal regulators clamp down on keyboard warriors

Legal professionals, like virtually everyone else, have been spending much more time at home recently. On the whole the industry has adapted well, but it has led to very large numbers of lawyers (who are typically quite articulate, often opinionated types) sitting alone at home for long spells, often scrolling through the daily news in…

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Why suing your neighbours for harassment should always be a last resort

In McGill v Stewart & Anor [2020] EWHC 3387 (QB), Master McCloud made her feelings about neighbour disputes clear:- “…In the modernising legal system one hopes that such fallings-out will be less painful when resolved away from formal court settings. The courts themselves have limited resources, and whilst I appreciate that neighbour disputes are significant…

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Wagatha Christie: Court rules on strike out and summary judgment application

Background The ‘Wagatha Christie litigation’, as it is affectionately known, is the fascinating case of mistrust between friends and a sting operation to find a leak.  Colleen Rooney (wife of footballer Wayne) became concerned that ‘stories’ she was publishing to her private Instagram account – to which only her actual friends had access – were…

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Delay to no fault divorce

The sea change in family law due to be brought about under the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 has been delayed by at least six months. Under the bill, this autumn was meant to see the introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce into England and Wales. Under the current law, laid out in the Matrimonial…

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Alistair Parker discusses the GMC and dealing with discriminatory disciplinary processes in The Times

Alistair Parker of the firm’s regulatory and criminal law department discuses the GMC and dealing with discriminatory disciplinary processes in The Times.  The article can be found here (subscription required).  

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