April 2011

John Hemming, sub judice and the public interest: “no abuse of parliamentary procedure”?

April 27, 2011

Yesterday afternoon there was speculation that John Hemming MP was planning to “break a superinjunction” in the House under cover of Parliamentary privilege. Then, not long after 5 o’clock, John Hemming made a point of order in the Commons [update: hyperlink removed - see comment 12 below], naming a woman, and a local authority, who […]

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Without Prejudice

April 22, 2011

In Without Prejudice this week, Dr Evan Harris joins Charon QC, David Allen Green and me to discuss the “Twitter Joke” case in which Paul Chambers is appealing; David Cameron’s comments on privacy law; the Digital Economy Act judicial review; AV, referendums and the law; and finally, the Act of Settlement 1701 and reforming succession […]

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ZAM v CFW & TFW: has John Hemming changed his mind?

April 20, 2011

I posted recently about last month’s High Court judgment in this case, in which Mr Justice Tugendhat granted an injunction to stop allegations which were not even defended as true, and which Tugendhat J thought could involve an attempt at blackmail. The judge also granted anonymity to the claimant, ZAM. Here’s what John Hemming MP […]

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Without Prejudice

April 7, 2011

In our latest Without Prejudice podcast, Charon QC, David Allen Green and I discuss – the government’s draft Defamation Bill, currently subject to consultation; superinjunctions, so-called “hyperinjunctions” and all that, plus MPs’ use of Parliamentary privilege; the Supreme Court’s removal of immunity for expert witnesses in civil proceedings in its Jones v Kaney judgment last […]

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