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2.11.17

Brett Wilson LLP lawyers recommended in Chambers and Partners 2018 directory

Brett Wilson LLP lawyers have been ranked in the latest edition of the prestigious Chambers and Partners legal directory, which was published on 2 November 2017. Partner Iain Wilson is ranked as a leading defamation and reputation lawyer and described as ‘”a respected claimant lawyer, representing individuals in libel, privacy and harassment disputes. A satisfied client comments: “He’s…

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5.03.17

Vacancy: 2-5 year PQE media law solicitor

The firm is presently looking to recruit a solicitor with experience in defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection law.  Full details can be found at the firm’s careers webpage.

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22.03.16

Former Sun editor convicted of breaching victim anonymity law in Adam Johnson case

Former Sun editor David Dinsmore has been found guilty of breaching the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 after the tabloid printed a pixelated photograph of convicted footballer Adam Johnson’s teenage victim.  Mr Johnson is currently awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of sexual activity with a child. Durham constabulary initiated a prosecution against Dinsmore when the photo,…

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12.11.14

Defendant spared immediate custodial sentence despite repeated breaches of harassment injunctions

In ABC v DEF [2014] EWHC 3346 (QB), the Claimant applied for committal of the Defendant to prison for contempt of court.  The Claimant lives in London with his wife and children.  The Defendant was his brother-in-law, who had lived in the United States for many years.  The Claimant had provided financial support to the Defendant…

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26.09.14

Court of Appeal rules that there should be no privacy injunction where Appellant arrested on suspicion of sex offences

The Court of Appeal in PNM and Times Newspapers Limited  & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 1132 has upheld the decision of the High Court not to grant a non-disclosure order in a case where the Appellant was arrested but not charged with serious sexual offences against children. The Court was considering an appeal against the…

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24.07.13

High Court hears internet contempt trials

The Attorney-General has appeared in person before the High Court to ask that two men be committed to jail for “acts likely to interfere with the administration of justice”.  In both instances the acts arise  from the use of the internet whilst jurors in criminal trial.  In an indication of how seriously the courts are treating the issue of internet use…

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28.06.13

County Court has power to refer contempt cases to Attorney-General

In the case of Utopia Tableware LTD v (1) BBP Marketing Ltd (2) British Bung Manufacturing Co Ltd [2013] EWPCC 28 Mr Justice Birss (sitting as a judge of the Patents County Court) ruled judges in the County Court are able to refer matters to the Attorney-General to consider whether contempt of court proceedings should be brought. The background to…

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21.05.13

Report shows jurors want greater guidance

A report conducted by the University College London law faculty has identified that 82% of jurors would like more information on conducting deliberations, especially where they require clarification on a legal issue. In preparing the report questions were asked of 239 jurors immediately after they had returned verdicts. There was a misunderstanding amongst nearly a…

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7.05.13

suspended sentences handed down in first social media contempt case

On 26 April 2013, the High Court handed down suspended custodial sentences in Attorney-Generals first prosecution for contempt involving social media sites. Two men, Dean Liddle and Neil Harkins, admitted posting photographs, purporting to identify Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, in breach of a worldwide injunction protecting their new identities.  Venables and Thompson were convicted…

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25.02.13

Former solicitor found in contempt of court over McCann claims

Former solicitor Tony Bennett has been found in contempt of court for flagrantly breaching undertakings he had previously made to the court promising that he would not repeat allegations that Gerry and Kate McCann were guilty of, or suspected of, having caused the death of their daughter Madeline and had then disposed of her body…

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