Defamation, privacy & reputation

22 May 2019

Divorce 101: how to keep family affairs out of the papers

This article first appears in Spear's 22nd May 2019

Siân Akerman

26 February 2019

Victims of blackmail: will your identity be protected?

For those who find themselves the unfortunate victims of blackmail, often in cases which concern sexually explicit information (‘sextortion’), the choice of how to respond can be extraordinarily difficult. As discussed in our earlier blog, one of the possible responses is to report the matter to the police, which may then result in a subsequent prosecution of the blackmailer.

Will Hayes

21 February 2019

Was the Cliff Richard judgment really a blow to press freedom? The “Drone Couple” would likely disagree

The Cliff Richard privacy judgment was thought to be a landmark case when it comes to press reporting of a police investigation. Headlines following the judgment included “The Cliff Richard judgment is a chilling blow to press freedom” and “Cliff Richard privacy judgment threatens press freedom”. Whilst the result was a positive end to a terrible experience for Cliff Richard, has it really changed how the press report allegations? In this blog, we explore whether the ruling is taken into account when reporting on other types of investigations.

Gerard Cukier

21 February 2019

Be warned - you can be held liable for the defamatory comments of another!

In the recent High Court judgment of Monir v Wood [2018], the Court held the Defendant liable for a defamatory tweet, even though he did not post or have knowledge of the tweet at the time. The Defendant was also held liable for failing to remove the defamatory material once it was brought to his attention.

Siân Akerman

23 February 2018

Divorce - no laughing matter

Is there anything funny about divorce?  If you are a comedian then the answer is probably yes.  John Cleese went on an “Alimony Tour” to fund his divorce settlement.  “I am here, my friends, because frankly I need the money”.  Groucho Marx, when asked why he continued to spend so much time with his former wife Eden replied “I like to be near my money”.

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