Publications 2008

Oryx
Green Mile
December 2008
By Amber Melville-Brown
A river runs through it. For now

In her monthly environmental column for the in flight magazine for Qatar Airways, Amber Melville-Brown reports of threats to the iconic Grand Canyon and the river that runs through it, the Colorado River.
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Imagination
December 2008
By Amber Melville-Brown
Publish and be damned

In the first edition of Imagination, Polestar's exciting new magazine for the publishing industry, Amber Melville-Brown considers the impact on the industry of the pre-publication injunction in the fast evolving law of privacy I the UK.
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The Brief
November 2008
By Amber Melville-Brown
Dancing in the Streets

Visiting Buenos Aires during the International Bar Association conference this Autumn, Amber Melville-Brown takes a look at what is on offer to lawyers and others visiting Argentina's capital, and beyond.
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Obstetrician & Gynaecologist magazine
04 November 2008
By Amber Melville-Brown
Clinical Governance: the medical profession and the media

In a climate of public obsession with private lives, the medical profession represents a rich source of human-interest stories. Amber Melville-Brown reports.
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Oryx Magazine
In-flight magazine for Qatar Airways

October 2008
By Amber Melville-Brown
It's not Black and White

The world is waiting with bated breath to see whether the next President of the United States of America will be black or white. But the real question, says Amber Melville-Brown, is whether he will be green.
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Oryx Magazine
In-flight magazine for Qatar Airways

September 2008
By Amber Melville-Brown
Gorilla Growth

Scientists have recently made the heartening discovery that there are more gorillas in our midst. But, says Amber Melville-Brown, man should stay well away.
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Law Gazette

Media Law
Thursday 07 August 2008
By Amber Melville-Brown, David Price Solicitors and Advocates, London
Mosley's win: a slightly larger private world
The implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998 incorporated into UK law article 8, guaranteeing the right to respect for private and family life, and its arch rival article 10, ≠protecting the right to freedom of expression. Max Mosley's hotly ≠contested privacy action was the battlefield for the latest high-profile spat between the two enemies. Article 8 won.
http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/in-practice/mosley-s-win-a-slightly-larger-private-world


The Independent
Wednesday 30 July 2008
By Amber Melville-Brown
Legal Opinion: Privacy on parade in Fleet Street and the law courts

Our shy and retiring privacy law is rarely out of the media spotlight. The media lawyer Amber Melville-Brown suggests why we should be grateful that it exists.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/legal-opinion-privacy-on-parade-in-fleet-street-and-the-law-courts-880269.html


The Independent
Monday 07 July 2008
By Robert Verkaik
Defame academy

When legal letters threatening action for defamation arrive in an editor's in-tray, the names of certain lawyers can induce a queasy feeling. Robert Verkaik, our Law Editor, profiles the libel specialists

Amber Melville-brown is referred to as a "notable success" and one of the handful of women who have made it in the highly macho world of claimant libel law.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/
defame-academy-the-libel-specialists-861093.html



Law Gazette

Media Law
Thursday 19 June 2008
By Amber Melville-Brown, David Price Solicitors and Advocates, London
Accidents happen - but what can be published?
Media law update: PCC privacy adjudication, Paul Kirkland and Wiltshire Gazette & Herald.

The bread and butter of the glossy magazine industry is celebrity. Feeding the public's fascination with the private lives of the rich and famous is giving rise to a seemingly unceasing battle between the right to expose and the right to protect privacy.
http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/in-practice/legal-update/accidents-happen-what-can-be-published


Oryx Magazine
June 2008
By Amber Melville-Brown
The Law of the Land

If our planet is ever going to go "green" it will be the lawyers to who it.
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Law Gazette

Privacy and Mrs Murray
Thursday 05 June 2008
By Amber Melville-Brown
'The law should indeed protect children from intrusive media attention.'

So said the Court of Appeal - made up of Master of the Rolls Sir Anthony Clarke and Lords Justice Laws and Thomas - reinstating the privacy claim brought by author JK Rowling on behalf of her toddler son, David.
http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/in-practice/legal-update/privacy-and-mrs-murray


Law Gazette

Media Law
Thursday 15 May 2008
By Amber Melville-Brown, David Price Solicitors and Advocates, London
Playing Canute - when an injunction no longer serves any purpose

The defendant in a defamation case is entitled to 'publish and be damned' - to publish now, but be damned by damages at trial where he is found to have defamed the claimant.
http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/gazette-in-practice/legal-updates/media-law-25


Media Law
Thursday 10 April 2008
By Amber Melville-Brown, David Price Solicitors and Advocates, London
What price criticism?

The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal's judgment (Ciarnan Convery v Irish News, Neutral Citation No. [2008] NICA 14) will have settled the stomachs of reviewers and critics of all disciplines, from Belfast to Birmingham and beyond. The court has overturned a jury award of £25,000 in favour of a Belfast restaurant owner arising out of a critical review of his restaurant, ordering a retrial.
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From Monkey to Man
Thursday 20 March 2008
THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY
by Sean Longley, Doubleday, £14.99 (hardback)

'Clothes maketh the man,' said Shakespeare. Sean Longley's novel gets its title from the legend of a monkey found after a shipwreck off the coast of Hartlepool during the Napoleonic Wars. Mistaken for a French prisoner, the monkey is sentenced to be hanged, accused of a misguided French revolutionary plot. He needs the assistance of Warrens, a one-guinea brief, to save him. But the brief fails and the ape swings.

Amber Melville-Brown reviews The Hartlepool Monkey.
http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/features/
view=feature.law?FEATUREID=392266



Media law
Friday 07 March 2008
By Amber Melville-Brown, David Price Solicitors and Advocates, London
Snap judgments

The area of celebrity photographs is one where the battle lines are being drawn with every new case that is either settled amicably between the parties, decided by the regulators or comes before the courts.

Amber Melville-Brown updates on the action brought by the British actress Sienna Miller over the unauthorised publication of photographs of her naked on a film set (Sienna Miller v NGN Limited, Xposure Photo Agency Limited and Warren Richardson).
http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/inpractice/
legalupdates/view=details.law?
GAZETTEINPRACTICEID=388887



The Times
04 March 2008
Lawyer of the Week: Amber Melville-Brown
Linda Tsang

Amber Melville-Brown, a consultant at David Price Solicitors & Advocates, acts for Robert Brown, who claims that he may be the son of the late Princess Margaret and has won a Court of Appeal ruling reinstating his application to inspect the wills of the Princess and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/
business/law/article3460485.ece



Law Gazette

Media law
14 February 2008
Musicals and blasphemous libel

It's not everyone's idea of an entertaining evening. In Jerry Springer the Opera, hideously caricatured versions of the social misfits that feature in the type of chat shows hosted by Jerry Springer and others caterwaul their distress over their unfaithful loved ones or their concern over sexual inadequacies until, eventually, the show's host is shot by one of the tortured guests at the end of the first act. In a dream sequence in the second act, the show's host descends into hell where amid much profane language and excessive behaviour, the chat show's guests are now Satan, Christ, God, Mary and Adam and Eve.

Amber Melville-Brown updates on R (Green) v City of Westminster Magistrates Court [2007] EWCH 2785 (Admin) and whether the opera constituted blasphemous libel.
http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/inpractice/
legalupdates/view=details.law?
GAZETTEINPRACTICEID=385330



Law Gazette

Media law
24 January 2008
Pupils and partisan political propaganda

Stuart Dimmock v Secretary of State for Education and Skills [2007] EWCH 2288 (Admin)

Last year, former Vice-President Al gore won an Oscar for his film "An Inconvenient Truth'. He and the United Nations' intergovernmental panel on climate change (the IPCC) have added to that the Novel Peace Prize for their work in highlighting issues of climate change.

Amber Melville-Brown updates on a case concerning the distribution of al gore's film in schools across the UK.
http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/inpractice/
legalupdates/view=details.law?
GAZETTEINPRACTICEID=381486



The Brief
Out of the shadow
Abu Dhabi's city of fathers attempt to create a cultural environment to turn the tables on its hitherto glitzier northern neighbour. Amber Melville-brown pays a visit.
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