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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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

Corporate News Weekly Round-Up 2/22/16: Changes in OTCQX and Government Standards, SEC Approves FINRA Crowdfunding Portal Rules and London Stock Exchange Updates

abstract skylineThis week’s Corporate news includes predictions of potential hurdles for the OTCQX, the SEC approves FINRA crowdfunding portal rules, and  new updates on London’s Stock Exchange AIM market. Continue reading

HMRC’s VAT Gamble proves ‘unlucky’?

HMRC’s VAT Gamble proves ‘unlucky’?I often think that VAT is interesting mostly for what I learn, in passing, from clients and from case reports about goings on in the world. By means of reading cases I have learnt interesting commercial facts about part exchange of cars, about car lease business models, about the financial position of local authority parking, and about park and ride. And these are only examples relating to cars. There is much else besides. Continue reading

‘British Justice on trial’ – Phone-Hacking trials commences at Old Bailey

‘British Justice on trial’ - Phone-Hacking trials commences at Old BaileyThe media scrum (pictured) outside the ‘Old Bailey’ Central Criminal Court (and opposite Withers’ London office) on Monday 28 October 2013 marks the start of the phone-hacking trials and a new stage in a scandal that has grown progressively larger since 2007 and has never been far from the headlines since 2011. Continue reading

Royal Charter shenanigans

Royal Charter shenanigansLord Justice Leveson argued in his report on press ethics and standards that the press could not go on ‘marking its own homework’ and that what was needed was independent regulation. Continue reading

Press Regulation – Leveson overview

The thorny issue of press regulation has been taking up many column inches in the newspapers since the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics got under way.

Law Society Gazette media columnist Amber Melville-Brown, and Withers’ Reputation Management team fellow member Rupert Cowper-Coles were asked to provide an update to the readers of the Gazette, which was published on 8 April 2013. Continue reading

The Hacked Off Leveson Bill – Kryptonite for the press?

Christmas is over, we’ve survived the New Year celebrations, the weather is taking a turn for the worse, and the post excess January Blues are hanging around as they always do. What is there to drag us out of our funk? Well, for those previously addicted to the Leveson inquiry on press ethics, with the celebrity circus of evidence-giving over and the long-awaited report of Lord Justice Leveson done, the answer might appear to be, not much.

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Leveson: Last Orders for the Press

Free speech and responsible journalism. We should be entitled to both and Lord Justice Leveson’s much anticipated recommendations on press regulation, given yesterday, aim to protect both.

But following 18 months of work, a roll call of celebrity witnesses and £4 million of tax payers money, the report did not find favour with the press or the PM. My blog on Global Legal Post today, explains why. http://www.globallegalpost.com/blogs/