Sometimes mere legal compliance is comms complacency

Kevin Brewer has a strange story. It is riddled with contradictions. He was the first person ever to have been convicted under the Companies Act 2006 for filing false company information. He was also a campaigner for beneficial ownership transparency. He falsely submitted that then Business Secretary Vince Cable was a shareholder in his company, […]

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“Justice must be seen to be done”- the effects of the New Civil Procedure Rules on public hearings

The new Civil Procedure Rules might increase litigants’ visibility during court proceedings and cause reputation damage. The principle of open justice is that ‘justice should not only be done but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done’. However, even if the principle in itself is clear, in practice it is hard to understand […]

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Lachaux must go on!

With defamation cases rarely reaching the Supreme Court, the recent Lachaux judgement provides an excellent opportunity to consider what constitutes “serious harm”. Lord Sumption’s judgement has provided welcome clarification on Section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013 regarding the “serious harm” test. Lord Sumption’s judgement in the case of Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd. makes […]

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Defamation in the Digital Age

“Today’s ruling should be seen as a warning to all social media users. Things can be held to be seriously defamatory, even when you do not intend them to be defamatory and do not make any express accusation.” This was the comment Sally Bercow made after receiving the judgement in her defamation dispute with Lord […]

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High Court uncaps costs liability for litigation funders

For the first time, the High Court has declined to limit a litigation funder’s liability for post-litigation adverse costs to the amount of funding provided. This decision marks an increase in financial exposure for commercial funders, which now extends to the full amount of a successful party’s legal costs. Substantial indemnity costs were awarded in […]

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