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

A delicate balance – children’s privacy vs public interest in the family courts

Part one of this blog dealt with the decision in Re J, a very difficult case concerning a 7 year old boy (‘J’) whose mother had alleged that he was gender dysphoric and wanted to live as a girl. At a final hearing in July (2016), a judge found that the mother had imposed this belief upon J and, in doing so, had caused significant emotional harm to J, and that J’s interests were better served by living with his father. Continue reading

Gender identity – how the courts approach children’s right to choose

Re J is a very difficult case concerning a 7 year old boy (‘J’). His parents had separated acrimoniously and his mother was refusing to allow J to spend time with his father. This was largely because (she said) the father was uncomfortable with the fact that J identified more strongly with being a girl than a boy. Continue reading

The battle against revenge porn

Last summer we reported on the then new crime of ‘revenge porn’ under the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. A year on, and the CPS has today released figures showing the extent of its successes in tackling the growing phenomena of bullying and humiliating online abuse. 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

Important lessons for transatlantic celebrities

After the whole world debated the identity of a married couple known as ‘PJS’ and ‘YMA’ earlier this year, we wanted to highlight what this latest news actually means for the privacy of you and your global clients in the digital age.  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

Does anonymising children judgments go far enough to protect children?

Privacy in family proceedings

We are now all online – and (like it or not) we all have an online presence. Sometimes that online presence is cultivated and willingly shared. Sometimes it is as a consequence of unwanted publicity. By using key internet search terms, people are more easily identifiable and traceable than ever before. This has a direct impact on the effectiveness of anonymising family Court judgments, when certain key facts in the case can reveal by searching on ‘Google’ who the parties are (and perhaps, consequently, where they live). Continue reading