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24.05.19

Iain Wilson writes in the Daily Mail about the abuse of parliamentary privilege

The Daily Mail has published an article by Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson about the growing trend of parliamentary privilege being used to circumvent court orders and make statements that would otherwise be considered defamatory.  The article can be found here.

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16.05.19

Paparazzi agencies pay damages to Duke of Sussex for privacy invasion

Splash News and Picture Agency Limited and Splash News & Picture Agency LLC (‘Splash’) have apologised and agreed to pay substantial damages to the Duke of Sussex after using a helicopter to take photographs of his home in the Cotswolds. In January of this year Splash chartered a helicopter which flow over the Duke’s home…

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Meeting the serious harm threshold in defamation claims: Claimants gets second bite of the cherry

In the case of Tinkler v Ferguson & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 819, the Court of Appeal provided some much-needed clarification on whether a claimant is able to demonstrate by evidence at trial that a defamatory statement has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to his/her reputation after the Court has declined to…

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Tommy Robinson sued for libel by 16 year old refugee

The far-right activist Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, is being sued for libel by Jamal Hijazi, a 16 year old Syrian refugee. A video of Hijazi, a schoolboy, being attacked and having water poured on his face caused public outcry last year and condemnation from the prime minister. The libel claim alleges…

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15.05.19

Career opportunities at Brett Wilson LLP

The firm is expanding.  We are presently recruiting a solicitor and a paralegal in our media law department.  In our civil, regulatory and white collar-crime department, we are recruiting a civil litigation solicitor and a paralegal/trainee solicitor.  Full details of the role and how to apply can be found at our Careers page.

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Police request access to complainants’ data: A form in a teacup?

A new standard police form requesting agreement to access complainants’ phone data has caused controversy. The not-very-snappily-titled ‘NPCC Final Consent v-1-2’ form is designed to achieve a consistent system for accessing the electronic devices of victims and witnesses. A copy is available here. This can only be done with that person’s consent. As such, the…

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Supreme Court grants permission to appeal in mass data breach case

The Supreme Court has granted the defendant supermarket chain permission to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision in WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc v Various Claimants [2018] EWCA Civ 2339. The appeal will consider the principle of vicarious liability in respect of statutory data protection claims and common law misuse of private information claims. The claim…

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13.05.19

Is it time to stop talking about gagging clauses?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it has referred a solicitor from magic circle firm Allen & Overy to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over drawing-up a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) on behalf of film Producer Harvey Weinstein.  It is understood the agreement, in essence, paid Mr Weinstein’s former assistant Zelda Perkins a large sum in…

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24.04.19

Can’t pay? Court of Appeal does not take claimants’ damages away (but neither will it increase them)

In Ali & Anor v Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 677, the Court of Appeal considered whether countervailing privacy and the public interest/freedom of expression rights had been properly balanced, together with the appropriate award of privacy damages arising from footage of an eviction shown on Channel 5, the Defendant in this action….

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16.04.19

Pregnancy club fined £400,000 for sharing personal data of 14 million individuals

Bounty UK, an online club for pregnancy and parenthood advice has been fined £400,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) following the discovery that the personal data of its users had been shared with 39 other companies without informed consent.  A copy of the Monetary Penalty Notice can be found here. Bounty UK collected personal…

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