The Right to Privacy and the Ashley Madison hack

Posted on 21 August 2015 by Claire Gill

This week, the hacking group “Impact Team” has released personal data stolen from online married persons dating site Ashley Madison. The site, based in Canada and owned by Avid Life Media Inc, controversially encourages its members to have affairs. 


Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd, Independent Print Ltd & Evening Standard Ltd: Clarity on “serious harm”

Posted on 19 August 2015 by Isabella Piasecka

Defamation claimants face a higher threshold, the Court has clarified, in a further examination of the “serious harm” test introduced by section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013. 


Dealing with Targeted Sanctions - An article in “Qatar Today”

Posted on 18 August 2015 by Miranda Rushton

The imposition of targeted sanctions presents an array of challenges for businesses and individuals made subject to them.  


Vidal-Hall v Google goes to the Supreme Court

Posted on 12 August 2015 by Peter Smith

The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal to Google on two of the three matters considered by the Court of Appeal in the seminal case of Vidal-Hall v Google, Inc. [2015] EWCA Civ 311.


Claims under the Data Protection Act - a supplement to defamation?

Posted on 06 August 2015 by Dominic Garner

For those who have been seriously libelled, bringing an action for defamation remains the principal route to securing vindication and compensation for the reputational harm that has been caused. There is little disagreement among libel practitioners, however, that this has been become an increasingly difficult route for complainants over recent years.


Towards the reasonable accommodation of religious freedom

Posted on 03 August 2015 by Peter Smith

Peter Smith has been published in the most recent volume of the prestigious Denning Law Journal. His article considers the case of Mba v London Borough of Merton in the Court of Appeal, and analyses aspects of employment law and human rights which surround the case.


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.


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