“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 […]
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 […]
City A.M. – Judges and social media – Your Honour, should you be using Twitter in court?
A British judge recently resorted to Twitter to appeal directly to one of the parties involved in a case over which he was presiding. Ellie Yarrow-Sanders was on the run with her toddler son, Olly Sheridan, for over six months. Mr Justice Williams, the High Court judge in the case between Yarrow-Sanders and her ex-partner, […]
Whistleblowing, cyberhacking and non-confidential arbitration
1. Sweeping new EU-wide protection for whistleblowers means firms cannot rely on internal reporting Those who seek to expose corruption, tax evasion and a range of other crimes will for the first time be protected under law in the EU, under rules agreed by member states last month. The rules will mean that companies cannot […]
Can potentially embarrassing judgments be taken down from the official online Register of Employment Tribunal decisions?
A recent decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal gave a clear and important answer to this question. The claimant had been working as a senior manager at PwC for more than four years. She brought four claims before the Employment Tribunal against her employer for discrimination. In the first preliminary hearing which occurred in January …