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9.05.23

Press Release: UCU General Secretary Jo Grady pays Paul Embery Twitter libel damages

UCU General Secretary Dr Jo Grady has agreed to pay substantial damages to firefighter, trade unionist and writer Paul Embery, after defaming him on Twitter. In a statement read in the High Court today before His Honour Judge Lewis, Mr Embery’s solicitor Tom Double explained that Dr Grady had libelled Mr Embery after he had…

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4.05.23

The ICO needs to do more than pay lip service to data processing complaints against search engines and the press

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s ‘supervisory authority’, as required by the Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC) (superseded by the EU General Data Protection Regulation and later the UK General Data Protection Regulation) on all matters concerning personal data. Amongst its roles, the ICO is obliged to consider complaints from members of the…

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24.04.23

Responding to a Subject Access Request

Responding to a Subject Access Request (also known as a Data Subject Access request, SAR or DSAR) can be a burdensome task, particularly where an organisation is processing large volumes of personal data.  The matter can be especially thorny where the organisation believes that the disclosure sought is effectively a means by which to obtain…

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14.04.23

Careers at Brett Wilson LLP

We are presently recruiting a commercial/civil litigation solicitor and a legal cashier/finance assistant.  For further information please see our careers webpage.

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4.04.23

Georgia Harrison to sue Stephen Bear over revenge porn/image-based abuse that has already landed him in jail

  Who are Stephen Bear and Georgia Harrison? If you are not a fan of reality television, then it’s unlikely you would have heard of either of Stephen Bear or Georgia Harrison until recently. Stephen Bear, 33, appeared on Shipwrecked in 2011 and Ex on the Beach in 2015.  These accomplishments allowed Bear to qualify…

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28.03.23

Laila McKenzie: Press statement

In November 2022 the firm was instructed by Laila McKenzie the founder of Lady of the House, an organisation promoting, celebrating and championing women in dance music, in respect of content published on social media by Silvana Kill of Savenightlife CIC. Ms Kill has agreed, without liability, to remove the content complained about and to…

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14.03.23

Lexis Nexis analysis: High Court awards nearly £100,000 to image-based abuse victim (FGX v Stuart Gaunt)

Written by Iain Wilson, managing partner/head of Media and Communications Law at Brett Wilson LLP.  This analysis was first published on Lexis®PSL on 7 March 2023 and can be found here (£).  It is reproduced with permission and thanks. Summary In FGX v Gaunt [2023] EWHC 419 (KB), the claimant obtained £60,000 in general damages…

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7.03.23

Carol Cadwalladr liable for defamation damages after Court of Appeal rejects echo chamber argument

As those with an interest in media law will be aware, for a defamation claim to succeed it is necessary for a claimant to prove that they have suffered serious harm to their reputation, or are likely to (section 1(1) of the Defamation Act 2013).  10 years after its introduction, the interpretation of this statutory…

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2.03.23

Matt Hancock’s WhatsApp messages: Can Isabel Oakeshott’s breach of confidence be justified?

As has been widely reported, journalist Isabel Oakeshott has passed a number of former health secretary Matt Hancock’s WhatsApp messages to The Daily Telegraph, which has published them as part of its Lockdown files investigation.  The messages, apparently totaling over 100,000, were originally provided to Ms Oakeshott by Mr Hancock for the purposes of helping…

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27.02.23

Brett Wilson partners recommended as top reputation and privacy lawyers in Spear’s 500

Media law partners Iain Wilson and Max Campbell have been recommended as top reputation and privacy lawyers in the prestigious Spear’s 500 legal directory.  The directory purports to be the definitive guide to the top private client advisers and service providers for HNW individuals.

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