Privacy and Libel Law: The Clash with Press Freedom

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Bloomsbury Professional, 2012 - Law - 148 pages
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Privacy and Libel Law: The Clash with Press Freedom discusses the different approaches to the law of libel and privacy on either side of the Atlantic and the Rachel Ehrenfeld case that generated the lobbying campaign that eventually resulted in President Obama signing the SPEECH Act into law in the US. Written by one of the most successful libel lawyers in Europe, the book debates whether the demands for reform of UK defamation law are justified, or whether it is simply the press seizing an opportunity to protect their own interests on the back of what has probably been one of the most successful lobbying campaigns since that undertaken by the tobacco industry some years ago. Examining the issue of press regulation against the background of the Leveson Inquiry and the phone hacking scandal, it questions whether statutory regulation of the press would actually serve to protect rather than stifle investigative journalism and whether any replacement body should be more akin to the OFCOM model. *** "As a lawyer with an international practice comprising of US and UK clients, I welcome this book. From Phone Hacking to Wikileaks, many of the current global media scandals have emanated from the UK. There is no one with the experience, knowledge and insight of Paul Tweed to better explain the impact of these cases and the similarity and differences of Media (including Privacy and Libel) Law in the US and UK. This book is a valuable resource for lawyers and law schools in both countries. Importantly, it will also make compelling reading for anyone who has an interest in current and breaking media stories and issues." Paul J. Wright, Attorney at Law, President of the British American Business Council, Los Angelesòòò

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Paul Tweed is recognised in expert legal circles as one of the leading libel lawyers in the UK and Ireland. The senior partner with Johnsons' Solicitors, practicing from offices in London, Belfast and Dublin, he has almost 30 years of experience in his field. He has acted for many international personalities from the move and music industries which have been the subject of extensive media coverage. Tweed's flawless track record of achieving successful outcomes for even the most difficult and complex of cases (he has yet to lose a case) together with the "excellent judgement" and "fine character", attributed to him in the Chambers Directory (the Who's Who of the legal profession), have secured him a formidable reputation which continues to attract an 'A'-list celebrity clientele. His client base also includes journalists, politicians, entrepreneurs and people from many different walks of life, and in a defence capacity he acts for publications such as The Sunday Times and The Irish News, among others. Recent cases include actions on behalf of well known Hollywood figures, international corporations and, senior members of the legal profession and a number of household names.

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