Seminars, interviews & commentary    May 2, 2022

The Chelmsford defamation debacle

Chelmsford case gives the law a bad name ... Appeal upheld ... Errors at trial ... Unpalatable outcome ... Reasonableness proves elusive ... Back it goes ... Lessons to be learned ... Comment from Graham Hryce ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    March 14, 2022

Trollitics

Who really benefits from the Troll Bill, and why? ... Transferring liability ... Avenues of defence open to media companies as subordinate publishers of third-party comments ... Innocent dissemination ... High Court's Voller decision does not require a radical change to the law of defamation ... Graffitied walls ... Analysis and commentary ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    February 21, 2022

Hugh Tomlinson QC

Leading UK media and information barrister tells the Gazette about his best cases, phone hacking, the Leveson inquiry and the failure to achieve meaningful regulatory reform of the press ... Privacy versus defamation ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    December 10, 2021

Defamation law judges’ panel

Panel of leading defamation jurists ... Scrutiny of costs, anti-trolling legislation, defamation law reforms ... Decline in juries ... Serious harm threshold ... Public interest defence ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    December 2, 2021

Nick McKenzie

Investigative journalist Nick McKenzie answers questions from the Gazette ... Informants and their reliability ... Working with defamation lawyers ... Defending journalism in court ... Disinclination to roll-over ... Complexity and the Federal Court ... Optimism about journalism and its future ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    November 16, 2021

Hamish Thomson

Guardian Australia in-house lawyer Hamish Thomson talks to the Gazette ... Long career in London ... Where's an Australian equivalent to Article 10? ... Traps for journalists ... The call for clarity ... Online reader comments post-Voller  ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    November 8, 2021

Lisa Davies

Sydney Morning Herald editor Lisa Davies resigns ... Here she answers the Gazette's questions about changes at the paper during her time at the helm ... The future of print ... Big defamation cases ... The challenge of big tech ... And daily life in the editor's chair ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    November 8, 2021

Judges v The Internet

The High Court's failure to grasp the changing pace of online communications ... Court rulings wedded to outdated interpretation of "publication" ... Voller ... Defteros and Gutnick ... Threat to the utility of the search engine ... Tech platforms remain in their own orbit ... Commentary from Richard Ackland ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    October 28, 2021

Matthew Lewis

Sydney barrister Matthew Lewis takes our questions as he wings to England and Wales ... Authentic rarebit beckons ... Working from Doughty St ... The virtual world ... Reservations about the new public interest defence ... Time will tell ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    September 29, 2021

Voller considerations

Liability for publication ... Invitation to comment gives rise to an intention to publish ... High Court casts doubt on Supreme Court dicta on innocent dissemination ... Limitation of liability underway ... A role for concerns notices and serious harm test ... Professor David Rolph comments ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    August 5, 2021

A comparative study of court information

Study from the University of Sussex ... The quality of justice systems in three common law countries ... Transparency, innovation and independence ... The impact of federal, state and territory jurisdictional and resource differences in Australia ... Access to information ... Inconsistencies ... Suppression orders ... Anna Kretowicz reports ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    July 27, 2021

Defamation and the media: fresh data

Updated dataset ... Graphs and charts tracking defamation claims for the 12 years to the end of 2020 ... Leading judges and their performances ... Major categories of plaintiffs ... Media wins and losses ... Exploding damages ... Federal Court assumes favourite forum status ... Janek Drevikovsky draws on the Gazette's case reports for this analysis ... more