Vardy and Rooney defamation dispute

Rebecca Vardy (married to footballer, Jamie Vardy) has brought a libel action against Coleen Rooney (married to footballer, Wayne Rooney). Libel is an alleged defamatory statement that is made in permanent form. Such as, written/printed words, online material, movies, radio broadcasts, or theatre. Rebecca Vardy told the High Court at a preliminary hearing that she […]

Johnny Depp denied defamation appeal by High Court

The judge who dismissed Johnny Depp’s libel claim earlier this month against News Group Newspapers (The Sun) has refused Mr Depp permission to appeal against the High Court ruling. In judgement on 2 November 2020, Mr Justice Nicol said, “I have found that the great majority of alleged assaults of Ms Heard by Mr Depp […]

What is defamation?

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The recent case of Johnny Depp v News Group Newspapers and now Rebecca Vardy and Coleen Rooney has made defamation front page news but what is it. Defamation is an area of tort law which protects a person or company against damage towards reputation. It is committed when something is said or written that causes […]

Online contracts

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To make on online contract legally binding there must be an offer, acceptance, an intention to form legal relations, and certainty of terms. Offer, acceptance and incorporation of terms are of particular importance when forming a contract online. This piece is going to briefly discuss the formation of a contract online. Offer and acceptance: A […]

Remedies for defamation

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This article is going to briefly discuss the remedies available for claims in defamation. The main remedy available is for the court to award damages. The court may take several factors into account when deciding the amount of damages owed. Such as, whether the defendant apologised promptly, did the claimant already have a bad reputation. […]

What you should be aware of when doing business online

If you are conducting your business online, then you should be aware of several regulations to abide by. The English law that governs the conduct of online business is set out in several different statutory instruments. Some are specific to online trade whilst others apply to all business activity. This area of law has been […]

Why your website must have a privacy policy

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An online business must have a privacy policy that complies with the General Data Protection Regulations ((EU) 2016/679) (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. A privacy policy informs the websites users on how it collects, uses, stores, transfers, and secures personal data through using its website and to provide goods and services. The GDPR […]

What governs E-signatures?

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This article is going to discuss the use of Electronic signatures. E-signatures are recognised under English law. The legal framework for e-signatures in the United Kingdom (UK) is founded on the Electronic Services Regulations 2014, also known as eIDAS. It came into effect on 1 July 2016 and was applied in the UK with the […]