High Court rules Matt Hancock and Boris Johnson broke the law

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On 15 February 2022, the High Court ruled that the appointment of Baroness Dido Harding as the Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, and the appointment of Mike Coupe as Director of Testing at Test and Trace by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Matt Hancock) were unlawful. The High […]

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

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Alternative dispute resolutions (ADR) can offer a cheaper and happier outcome than taking a case to court, as court can be time consuming, expensive and difficult. In 1995, the Lord Chief Justice said that legal representatives must make sure that their clients are aware of using ADR before taking a case to trial. The Civil […]

Andrew Neil commences defamation proceedings against Jennifer Arcuri!

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It has been reported that former GB News chairman, Andrew Neil has filed a defamation claim against Jennifer Arcuri over a Twitter exchange. Jennifer is acting as a litigant in person which means she has not instructed legal representation. In December 2021 the pair publicly started disagreeing with each other on Twitter over the effectiveness […]

City banker awarded £2 million for sexual discrimination

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Stacey Macken sued the French bank BNP Paribas after being continuously belittled by her boss who kept telling her, “not now, Stacey”. The phrase was used so often that colleagues started to copy it. At one point Stacey had a witch’s hat left on her desk by drunk male colleagues. Stacey claimed that over a […]

Competition and Markets Authority fines Facebook £50.5 million!

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The United Kingdom’s (UK) Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has fined Facebook £50.5 million for breaching an enforcement order imposed by the CMA during its investigation on Facebook’s purchase of Giphy. In June 2020, the CMA imposed an enforcement order, which is standard practice at the beginning of an investigation into an acquisition, to prevent […]

Court of Appeal rules that artificial intelligence cannot own patent rights

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On 21 September 2021 the England and Wales Court of Appeal upheld the December 2019 decision of the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office and a September 2020 England and Wales High Court decision. The verdict stated that artificial intelligence cannot be a listed inventor on a patent. Stephen Thaler, the CEO of Imagination Engines had […]

What is alternative dispute resolution?

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Alternative dispute resolutions (ADR) can offer a cheaper and happier outcome than taking a case to court, as court can be time consuming, expensive and difficult. In 1995, the Lord Chief Justice said that legal representatives must make sure that their clients are aware of using ADR before taking a case to trial. The Civil […]

Passing off another’s goods or services

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Passing off is a tort which is an actionable civil wrong. It is committed when someone sells goods or services which misleads potential or actual customers into thinking that those goods or services are provided by another. Passing off is an attempt to capitalise on another person’s goodwill and reputation, as well as stealing trade […]

Tommy Robinson loses defamation case

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Tommy Robinson whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon is the founder of the English Defence League and a prominent anti-Islam activist. He has lost his libel case brought against him by Jamal Hijazi, a Syrian schoolboy. Robinson failed in the defence of truth. In October 2018, Jamal Hijazi was attacked in a school playground in […]

Defamation: Is the statement defamatory?

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For a claim in defamation to succeed the statement must be defamatory whether it is made via slander or libel. To be defamatory the statement must ‘lower the claimant in the estimation of right-thinking members of society generally’. Right-thinking members of society are ‘fair-minded’, not ‘overly suspicious’, ‘unduly naïve’, or ‘avid for scandal’, ‘nor bound […]