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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”. […]

Covert surveillance can constitute harassment

Gerrard & Anor v (1) ENRC Ltd (2) Diligence International LLC [2020] EWHC 3241 (QB)

In these proceedings, the Claimants brought claims for breaches of data protection law, misuse of private information, harassment, and trespass arising from surveillance activities carried out on behalf of the First Defendant by various persons, including the Second Defendant. The proceedings form part of high profile litigation between Mr Gerrard, ENRC and others related to […]

High Court rules in favour of Rebekah Vardy in libel preliminary issue trial

Vardy v Rooney [2020] EWHC 3156 (QB)

The defendant posted defamatory words about the claimant on social media in October 2019 and in June 2020 the claimant issued proceedings seeking damages for libel and an injunction. In September 2020 Mr Justice Nicklin ordered that the issue of what natural and ordinary meaning was borne by the words complained of should be tried […]

Permission to plead a public interest defence refused in Tommy Robinson libel case

Hijazi v Yaxley-Lennon [2020] EWHC 3058 (QB)

This judgment relates to a libel claim brought by a Syrian refugee schoolboy against far right activist Tommy Robinson, for comments made online after a video of the schoolboy being pushed to the ground and threatened with drowning provoked an outpouring of public sympathy. Tommy Robinson then posted two videos online making very serious allegations […]

High Court dismisses jurisdictional challenge in Qatar Airways case

Qatar Airways Group QCSC v Middle East News FZ LLC & Ors [2020] EWHC 2975 (QB)

This case originated in the blockade that a number of Middle Eastern states, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, imposed on Qatar in June 2017. Land, sea, and air blockades were enforced, as well as the cutting of vital economic ties. The air blockade was the focus of these proceedings. By this measure, the […]