Social media libel claims on the up

Posted on 16 July 2015 by Carter-Ruck

This piece makes for interesting reading. As we noted here, the United States is now arguably the real home of the chilling effect, but the FT is right. We find ourselves advising increasing numbers of people and businesses who have been libelled via social media.


Judicial Review: Role of the Independent Reviewer in the IRHP Review

Posted on 15 June 2015 by Charles Enderby Smith

There has been an interesting development in the courts relating to the FCA instigated Interest Rate Hedging Product Review, which may have significant consequences for any small business affected by the mis-sale of Interest Rate Hedging Products (“IRHPs”) over the last 15 years.


The Release of the Black Spider

Posted on 01 June 2015 by Antonia Foster

Although the actual content of the recently released “Black Spider” letters, a collection of 27 “private” letters and memos penned by the Prince of Wales to government ministers, may have been an anti-climax for many and certain newspapers in particular, the road to their release has not been without controversy or complexity.


A benchmark week for privacy

Posted on 28 May 2015 by Nigel Tait

Privacy is something we’re entitled to take for granted. We should be able to assume that our private conversations aren’t being listened to, that we can sunbathe in our gardens in the happy belief that no one is photographing us, and that we won’t ever see our medical or sexual history published to the world at large.


Sanctions: What to do if the “black cat has crossed the road”

Posted on 21 May 2015 by Lawrence Northmore-Ball

Санкции: что делать, если «черный кот дорогу перешел»

There are currently several ‘blacklists’ of Russian individuals and businesses. The EU, US, Japan and a number of other countries have all imposed targeted sanctions and restrictive measures.


Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, Privacy Laws, And The Evolution Of Drones

Posted on 18 May 2015 by Rebecca Toman

Ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals and those in the public eye face yet another challenge as they seek to maintain their privacy: drones.


The Risk Of Targeted Sanctions

Posted on 14 May 2015 by Guy Martin

Head of International Law Guy Martin has written an article in the leading Qatar business magazine the Edge on the risks of targeted sanctions.


EU Best Practices paper on the effective implementation of restrictive measures: 2015 update

Posted on 01 May 2015 by Miranda Rushton

The “Sanctions” formation of the EU Council’s Foreign Relations Counsellors Working Party has released an updated version of the paper on EU Best Practices for the effective implementation of restrictive measures.


Targeted Sanctions: Risks For GCC Firms, Individuals, Charities

Posted on 27 April 2015 by Miranda Rushton

The EU, UN, and individual States increasingly rely on targeted sanctions to achieve foreign policy aims. Geo-political instability worldwide means this trend is likely to continue, posing significant risks for those individuals and businesses based in the Gulf and engaged in international trade, as well as charities operating globally.


How journalists can manage the risks when working abroad

Posted on 23 April 2015 by Cameron Doley

Last year has been identified as the second worst year on record regarding the imprisonment of journalists worldwide. With no fewer than 221 journalists put behind bars last year according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, an understanding of their legal rights and protections is more important than ever.


Mud-slingers beware

Posted on 22 April 2015 by Peter Smith

General Election campaigns are heated occasions. Passions run high and mud is slung. Often enough, the mud doesn’t stick - but when it does it can cost a lot more than a dry-cleaning bill.


Politicians and principle, elections and libel

Posted on 17 April 2015 by Carter-Ruck

Politicians will be in the spotlight more than ever as the general election, set for Thursday 7 May, approaches. Likely as not, they will accept what is said and written about them as part of the rough and tumble of British politics. Politicians are not people who go into public life with thin skins. But sometimes, the media go too far.


A step in the right direction

Posted on 25 March 2015 by Isabella Piasecka

Insolvency litigation has long been recognised as a special category for which “no win no fee” or Conditional Fee Agreements should be available.


Great lines from the world of libel

Posted on 19 March 2015 by Carter-Ruck

Libel has always been one of the more colourful areas of the law. Perhaps this is because of what’s at stake: the essence of a person.


Ames v Spamhaus: serious harm – a more flexible interpretation?

Posted on 13 March 2015 by Nigel Tait

As the new serious harm requirement begins to take shape, we are reminded that publication to even just a few people can provide a basis for a libel action.


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