Media law Thursday 18 December 2003 Star of the big screen denied the indulgence of the small Roman Polanski v The Cond Nast Publications Ltd (Court of Appeal, 11 November 2003)
The celebrated film director Roman Polanski, who is suing Cond Nast as publisher of Vanity Fair, has suffered a considerable blow to his libel action. http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/general/
Spiking a good yarn Thursday 18 December 2003 Using injunctions to control the media has been thrust into the spotlight by recent cases involving the royal family.
'What you are seeing is no more, no less than the fact that there have been a number of issues that have warranted a certain response.' But the proliferation of the mass media, with celebrity magazines, an aggressive tabloid press and Internet sites, may account for an apparent increase in injunctions. The Gazette's media law columnist, Amber Melville-Brown, a solicitor with London-based David Price Solicitors & Advocates, argues: 'Injunctions are more widely obtained in confidence than in libel… http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/general/
Litigation Funding October 2003 The “chilling effect” of CFAs. Newspaper lawyers argue that CFAs are being abused by libel claimants putting them to ransom, writes Amber Melville-Brown
Tuesday 07 October 2003 Courting contempt?
Newspapers have accused the Attorney General of unnecessary meddling over their coverage of rape allegations. Amber Melville-Brown reports
Media law Thursday 04 September 2003 Aggravating factors The Gleaner Company Ltd and Dudley Stokes v Eric Anthony Abrahams, Privy Council appeal from the Court of Appeal of Jamaica, 14 July 2003
Heralded by some media commentators as pushing open the door to telephone number libel awards, and therefore resulting in a chilling effect on freedom of expression, this case is perhaps best considered as an extreme warning to defendants of how aggravating factors in defending a libel action can come home to roost in terms of damages. http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/general/
Media law Friday 01 August 2003 Media law Media intrusion
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about, according to Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray. If he was right, then privacy, that shy and retiring character who shuns the media spotlight and keeps himself to himself, must be secretly pleased with the furore he is currently causing. http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/general/
Media law Friday 09 May 2003 Taming the paper tigers MEDIA LAW IS NOT JUST ABOUT HEADLINE COURT CASES INVOLVING A-LIST CELEBRITIES.
STEPHEN WARD LOOKS AT PRIVACY, DEFAMATION AND CORPORATE LAW AND EXPLAINS HOW MEDIATION AND CONDITIONAL FEE AGREEMENTS HAVE CHANGED THE FACE OF THIS PRACTICE AREA Media law cases often make big headlines… Gazette media law columnist Amber Melville-Brown, a partner at Schillings, says that, as in other sectors, media companies may be taking more in-house - which also reduces defendant libel work… http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/general/
Entertainment law review April 2003 The Right to be rehabilitated – can you ever escape your past?
Gary Brian Ellis v Chief Constable of Essex
Media law Friday 25 April 2003 Media law Payment to witnesses - strengthening the Press Complaints Commission code
Last September, the Gazette reported on the government's decision to bow to media pressure and not to legislate to stop payments by the media to witnesses in criminal matters (see  Gazette, 26 September, 22). http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/general/
Tuesday 18 March 2003 Criminals have a right to privacy too.
The importance of rehabilitation
Tuesday 11 March 2003 Public figures, private lives.
Hollywood celebrities in court… an insatiable public appetite for gossip about footballers… No wonder a privacy law is no almost inevitable
Media law Thursday 06 March 2003 Media law Sorry seems to be the hardest word John Cleese v Peter Clark, Associated Newspapers Limited (2003) LTL 11 February
In the recent case of John Cleese against the Evening Standard, the experienced libel judge Mr Justice Eady gave some useful guidance and practical suggestions in relation to the procedure of offer of amends. http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/general/
Media law Wednesday 22 January 2003 Media law America or Australia? that is the question Joseph Gutnick v Dow Jones & Company (2002) December
This case, heard before Australia's highest court, regarding an Australian claimant and a US publisher, is of greater interest to libel lawyers in the UK than one might imagine, given that it relates to that insidious, omnipresent phenomenon, the Internet. http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/general/