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Privacy law: Supreme Court refuses Mirror permission to appeal phone hacking damages

The country's highest court has refused MGN Limited permission to appeal the decision in Representative Claimants -v- Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 1291 - the Court of Appeal's decision regarding the appropriate level of damages in eight phone-hacking 'test cases'.  This decision itself was an unsuccessful appeal by MGN against the High Court decision in Gulatti & Ors v MGN Limited [2015] EWHC 1482

The Supreme Court's decision means that the lengthy judgment of Mr Justice Mann in Gulati is now entrenched as the basis for approaching and assessing damages in not only phone-hacking cases, but in privacy cases generally.  The decision sets out a number of important principles and recognises that privacy damages have been too low in the past.

Details of Mr Justice Mann's decision can be found in our earlier article here.  Our article on the Court of the Appeal's endorsement of the decision can be found here.

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