Surf’s up online – but is it safe?

Once there was a time when our mistakes lasted as long as our memories. But today, the internet has become a dominant media channel, and it has a very long (and public) memory. Protecting your privacy and reputation is now more than ever, a complex business. Continue reading

Who wants to be a regulator? Newspapers and Section 40

‘Section 40′. The whisper of those sinister words is enough to send chills of fear down the back of many an excitable newspaper reporter, arguing that press regulation will chill free speech. But what’s the truth about section 40? On the respected media blog here, originally published on Legal Cheek, I comment on last week’s public consultation.  Who will end up the winner of this dangerous game of ‘who wants to be a regulator’ hangs in the balance for the time being – but for now this consultation is sure to heat things up a bit more.

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Social media: anti-social, criminal but also tolerable

Where once news was obtained from the inky-print of hard copy newspapers and from cracking RP voices over the wireless, today social media is the voice that seems to shout the loudest. And in shouting loudly, or quietly, on social media, those who abuse it and infringe the rights of others may well be acting unlawfully. But when does a tweet become a criminal offence, or a blog merit a spell in prison? Continue reading

Pulling a sickie can be bad for your employment health

A website previously unbeknown to this female media lawyer at least – TheLADbible – came to my attention when one of its stories gained national tabloid currency in the tabloids this weekend. The simple tale features an employee telling his boss he couldn’t make it to the office: ‘I won’t be in today I think I’ve count (sic) kevs 24 hour bug’. The 24 hour bug, however, may in fact have been a bout of 24 hour boozing. And this was brought to the boss’s attention when he spied a pic of a rather delicate looking staff member propped against a smiling fellow reveller. Problem for our boy is that while she included the snap of her with the culprit in his cups in her Snapchat stories, she was also friends with his boss. Continue reading

Mirror, mirror on the wall; will this press arbitration scheme do any good at all?

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was an investigation into press behaviour. Lord Leveson heard from witnesses, tale upon tale of poor press conduct, and ultimately issued a plethora of sensible recommendations for press regulation with a view to ensure that the watchdog and bloodhound of society that is the press, could no longer savage the rights and reputations of the public. Continue reading

Bo-Jo, Gove and Mrs Gove – a tale of one e-mail

Should e-mails be formal or chatty? Should you start with ‘Dear Sir’ or ‘Hi there’? Do normal grammatical standards apply? A plethora of styles and ideas divide opinion. But there is one thing upon which most of us agree, and that is that a private e-mail should remain a private e-mail. Continue reading

The Curious Incident of the Unreported Tory Sex Scandal

John Whittingdale MP, culture secretary and Chairman of the Common’s Culture, Media and Sport select committee, has had what must have been an uncomfortable time this week, as a result of action by some of the subjects of his ministerial responsibilities. The media has, some years on, now reported on a story about his private life.  The story of the media’s non-reporting of this story however, took some time to be dragged into print. Continue reading

Fashion Forward: Thinking ahead to protect reputation and brand

Fashion: it’s about how we look on the outside, turning heads and making a statement without opening our mouths. At the same time, fashion is about how we feel on the inside, enveloped in confidence when wrapped in our favourite item. Continue reading