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Here you'll find a selection of analysis, opinion and other curiosities concerning Reputation and Privacy law, and how the justice system interacts with the wider world.

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Private equity and negative media campaigns

Private equity and negative media campaigns

Background  Over the years, numerous individuals and industries have found themselves caught up in the cross hairs of newspaper campaigns. These media crusades are nothing new, and newspapers will try to push the boundaries as far as they possibly can- even if sometimes it results in them eventually having to issue an apology or pay damages. Ironically, newspapers involved in these... Read More

The risks of representing yourself in court

The risks of representing yourself in court

Government cuts to legal aid, added to the financial pressures linked to Covid, have resulted in a surge of people representing themselves in court (“litigants-in-person” (LIP)), in an attempt to save themselves some money. This may initially seem like a cheaper option, however, the specialist nature of the law and notoriously complicated court rules, means that representing yourself in court is not only risky, but sometimes a very expensive decision. To illustrate this... Read More

Rory Lynch discusses Arlene Foster v Dr Christian Jessen libel case on LBC News

Rory Lynch discusses Arlene Foster v Dr Christian Jessen libel case on LBC News

Rory Lynch discusses Arlene Foster v Dr Christian Jessen libel case on LBC News. Click the play button below to listen.   Read More

Has new legislation done enough to tackle revenge porn?

Has new legislation done enough to tackle revenge porn?

One of the more distressing trends to emerge over lockdown has been a significant rise in instances of “revenge porn.” According to figures published by The Revenge Porn Helpline, 2020 saw an 87% rise in the number of people they supported compared to the previous year and they estimate that 25% of women, and 30% of men, have shared an intimate image or believe someone has one of them. Clearly this is both a widespread and pressing issue. With our digital age... Read More

What does the Online Safety Bill include?

What does the Online Safety Bill include?

During yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, the government revealed a draft version of the Online Safety Bill, a landmark attempt to try to prevent harmful content being shared online. The bill is the most recent stage of the government’s response to the Online Harms White Paper first published in April 2019, which aimed to “usher in a new age of accountability for tech companies”, ensuring that this accountability is “commensurate with the role they play... Read More

Laurence Fox, Elon Musk and the threat of Twitter libel

Laurence Fox, Elon Musk and the threat of Twitter libel

Social media is not often a place of polite disagreement. Instead, constrained by character limits and emboldened by the onlooking crowds, the red mist descends and what began as a debate can quickly descend into something more vicious, personal and aggressive. With political and social divides seemingly more exacerbated than in any time in recent memory, these clashes are only becoming more frequent. Frequency, however, does not mean these incidents are above the... Read More

Transcript: Rory Lynch discusses deep fakes on The Andrew Pierce Show

Transcript: Rory Lynch discusses deep fakes on The Andrew Pierce Show

Appearing on the Andrew Pierce show on Friday 2 April, Rory Lynch, a Senior Associate in the Reputation & Privacy team, discussed the rise of deep fakes, their potential for harm and what could be done to regulate them. You can listen to the full interview by clicking this link and navigating to 7:23. Andrew Pierce: What do deep fake apps do? Rory Lynch: Essentially, deep fakes are manipulated videos - they are fake videos which appear to show someone... Read More

DCMS: 39% of business impacted by cyber-attacks in 2021

DCMS: 39% of business impacted by cyber-attacks in 2021

The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021, published last week, revealed that 39% of all businesses have been impacted by a cyber-attack or breach this year. The survey, commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has been analysing the risk of cyber attacks across the UK economy since 2016. In order to reach their findings, DCMS conducted a random probability telephone survey of 1,419 UK businesses between October 2020 and January 2021, which was then... Read More

Transcript: Rory Lynch discusses the fallout of the Harry and Meghan interview on Wright on the Nail

Transcript: Rory Lynch discusses the fallout of the Harry and Meghan interview on Wright on the Nail

As the dust began to settle following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, Rory Lynch, a Senior Associate in our Reputation & Privacy department was invited to join the Wright on the Nail podcast to examine the fallout. Hosted by Chris Wright, a prolific producer and founder of Chrysalis Records, the podcast takes a close look at the biggest media stories of the week, bringing together a diverse panel of voices and opinions. For this... Read More

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