As a lawyer practising in the UK, Ireland and California I welcomed last year's amendment to the Crime and Courts Act to allow TV cameras to be introduced into UK courts. I agree with Lord Chief Justice Hewart when he said "Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done."
Paul heads up the Media and Dispute Resolution departments of Johnsons and practices in the jurisdictions of England and Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. He is also registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant by the State Bar of California.
In my role as an international lawyer I try not to get involved in, or give away my own, political leanings. Indeed, in representing many leading political figures from across the political divide, it has always been wise to err on the side of political neutrality...
30/09/2014 13:32 BST
With the formal implementation of the new Defamation Act as and from 1 January, it remains to be seen whether the Government has scored an economic own goal regarding the somewhat punitive requirement that a company will have to establish "serious financial loss" in order to be entitled to protect the reputational integrity of a brand or product.
06/01/2014 13:04 GMT
07/06/2013 12:49 BST
The decision by the UK publishers not to distribute Amanda Knox's autobiography has been interpreted in some media circles as being another example of the detrimental impact of our so called draconian libel laws. In reality, the publisher's decision is more likely to have been based on an understandable concern not to expose themselves to potential contempt of Court as well as libel consequences, pending the outcome of the forthcoming re-trial in Italy.
08/05/2013 15:04 BST
As a practicing lawyer frequently representing a cross-section of victims ranging from A-listers to politicians, while at the same time also having a significant number of journalists and publishers on my client list, I often have to change hats when arguing for press freedom on the one hand, and striving to protect the basic reputational and other rights of the ordinary man on the street on the other.
09/04/2013 18:24 BST
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