Court: Queen's Bench Division (Media & Communications List)

Split trial granted in complex libel claim against Associated Newspapers

Harcombe & Anor v Associated Newspapers Ltd & Anor [2022] EWHC 543 (QB)

The Claimants in this case, who are a PhD nutritionist and medical doctor, are suing for libel over articles in the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline which they claim accuse them of deliberately spreading false information as to the efficacy and safety of the prescription drug statins. This was an application by the Defendants for […]

High Court rules on libel claim over Bitcoin tweets

Wright v McCormack [2021] EWHC 2671 (QB)

In a pre-trial review, the court ruled on the parties’ applications for permission to amend their statements of case, and the claimant’s application to strike out parts of the re-amended defence and of the Defendant’s witness statement for trial. This is a libel claim relating to fourteen tweets and a YouTube video produced in 2019 […]

Jamal Hijazi awarded £100,000 following successful libel claim against Tommy Robinson

Hijazi v Yaxley-Lennon [2021] EWHC 2008 (QB)

In this case, the High Court ruled that the claimant, Jamal Hijazi, a Syrian teenager who was filmed being attacked at school has succeeded in his libel action against defendant Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, better known as Tommy Robinson. After the video of the assault on the claimant went viral, the defendant claimed in two Facebook videos […]

High Court strikes out ‘representative liability’ claim concerning interpretation of Article 27 GDPR

Sanso Rondon v LexisNexis Risk Solutions UK Ltd [2021] EWHC 1427 (QB)

The High Court has handed down an important judgment on the interpretation of Article 27 of the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’), concerning the liability of the UK representatives of data controllers based outside the UK. The Claimant brought a claim against LexisNexis Risk Solutions in its capacity as the designated ‘representative’ of World Compliance […]

High Court awards damages to claimant identified as suspect in Manchester Arena attack

Sicri v Associated Newspapers Ltd (Rev 1) [2020] EWHC 3541 (QB)

The claimant was arrested on 29 May 2017 on suspicion of terrorist offences following the detonation of a suicide bomb during the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on 27 May 2017. Within minutes, the police issued a press release stating that a 23-year-old man had been arrested “in connection with the Manchester Arena attack”. […]