2011 Media Law Round-Up

Posted on 23 December 2011 by Claire Gill

This year has been an extraordinary one for media lawyers, when the balance between privacy rights and freedom of expression has swung wildly from one side to the other. First the furore over so-called “super-injunctions”, when celebrities were vilified for exercising their privacy rights. The sovereignty of parliament and the courts clashed as public figures who had obtained privacy injunctions were named and shamed by parliamentarians protected by the cloak of privilege. Twitter users named celebrities who had “gagging” orders, leading the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge to warn that modern technology was “out of control” and the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to say the situation was “bordering on farce”. The Attorney General warned that people who use Twitter to breach privacy injunctions could face legal action for contempt of court.


Reading the Riot Act…

Posted on 16 December 2011 by Carter-Ruck

The London riots dominated the news agenda in August. Victims included not just those whose homes and businesses were reprehensibly attacked but also victims of the media coverage itself.


Berezovsky Court Victory

Posted on 16 December 2011 by Claire Gill

A decision of the Court of Appeal on 15 December 2011 finally brought to an end one of the most fascinating libel cases in recent years. The case, concerning a Russian State television broadcast on the RTR satellite channel about the murder in November 2006 of Alexander Litvinenko, had all the hallmarks of a cold war thriller.


Increased Protection For Blogging Platforms

Posted on 13 December 2011 by Carter-Ruck

Blogging platforms such as WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger received valuable judicial protection last week in the judgment in Davison v Habeeb & Ors [2011] EWHC 3031(QB).


Who cares wins?

Posted on 09 December 2011 by Alasdair Pepper

Last week I heard David Jones, CEO Havas and Founder, One Young World, expounding some of the arguments set out in his acclaimed new book “Who Cares wins”. It expounds that good business is better business – that the biggest winners will be those that operate transparently and authentically. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said of the book “There are many major problems facing the world today. As David Jones argues in Who Cares Wins, business has both a responsibility and an opportunity to be part of the solution and should be a major force for good in helping to solve some of the most pressing problems of our time.” Prime Minister David Cameron said “ the future the success stories will be those businesses who truly recognise their role in the Big Society – who acknowledge the social as well as the economic value they have the power to create, and who realise the difference we all can make by the decisions that we take”.


Burmese National Secures Landmark Opinion Over “Freezing”

Posted on 02 December 2011 by Guy Martin

Carter-Ruck’s International Law team continues to build on its reputation as one of the leading practices in the field of international asset freezing measures, or “targeted sanctions”. These sanctions involve individuals and corporations having their assets frozen (and their liberty to travel curtailed) by supranational entities such as the European Union. Often the sanctioned person can find themselves in a Kafkaesque position whereby they are suddenly subjected to highly draconian measures yet they are given little or no information about the grounds for their listing or the evidence said to justify such action.


How the ongoing problem of interest rate “Swaps” is turning economic waves into a storm for SMEs

Posted on 02 December 2011 by Carter-Ruck

In its Autumn Statement earlier this week the Government announced plans to ease credit by underwriting up to £40bn in low-interest loans to small and medium-sized firms. The Government hopes the scheme will make it easier to underwrite bank loans to small firms and says it will cut the average interest rate for those firms by 1%. Alongside this scheme, the Government announced it is launching a £1bn Business Finance Partnership to invest in funds that lend directly to mid-sized companies, in partnership with other investors like pension funds and insurance companies. Both proposals follow numerous largely unsuccessful attempts to get banks to lend to UK businesses.


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