Media Law blogs

Morrisons Supermarket Payroll “Data Leak”

By Nick McAleenan @ Mar 21, 2014 in Media Law

Nick McAleenan It has been reported that the financial and banking details of up to 100,000 staff at Morrisons, the UK's fourth biggest supermarket chain, have been leaked on-line. This has, naturally, raised huge concerns amongst Morrisons' staff members regarding the implications of this...

1D Harry gets 'Anti-Paparazzi' injunction

By Nick McAleenan @ Mar 11, 2014 in Media Law

Nick McAleenan One Direction's Harry Styles seemingly has it all: squillions in the bank; the biggest of big hair; and no shortage of female admirers.  However, living the celebrity dream isn't all plain sailing.  Various members of 1D have recently complained about their treatment by the...

Social Media Law: Tarkett, Twitter and Tax

By Nick McAleenan @ Dec 18, 2013 in Media Law

Nick McAleenan Social Media Law: Tarkett, Twitter and Tax Media reports suggest that James Halstead, the Bury based flooring company, has now settled a defamation claim brought by its competitor, Tarkett.  The case reportedly concerned a Tweet posted by one of James Halstead's subsidiary companies,...

Press Releases and the Law: “No one likes a Snitch …! ”

By Nick McAleenan @ Nov 19, 2013 in Media Law

Nick McAleenan Press Releases and the Law: "No one likes a Snitch …! ” Accusations of somebody being "a snitch” or acting "dishonourably” are par for the course in any self-respecting gangster movie.  I can almost hear Robert De Nero delivering the lines now…  However, such...

Anonymity for Defendants in sex crime cases?

By Nick McAleenan @ Sep 16, 2013 in Media Law

Nick McAleenan Michael Le Vell's recent acquittal on child sex abuse charges has reopened the debate about whether defendants in sexual offence cases should be given anonymity.  At the start of any criminal trial, juries are reminded that the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. ...

Internet Trolls v The Law

By Nick McAleenan @ Aug 15, 2013 in Media Law

Nick McAleenan There has been a lot of discussion in the media recently about the problem of "internet trolls” and what can be done about them. Once upon a time, trolls were fictional trouble-makers who involved themselves in various fairy tale related scrapes.  These days, the modern troll spends...

Twitter Law – “Sally Bercow Tweet defamed Lord McAlpine”

By Nick McAleenan @ May 24, 2013 in Media Law

Nick McAleenan Sally Bercow today lost her high profile "Twitter libel” battle with Lord McAlpine. The next step in proceedings is for the court to determine damages, unless the parties settle out of court. Background On 2 November 2012, the BBC TV programme "Newsnight” broadcast a report...