Leveson Mania .. Here We Go
We're already switching off the BBC news ... over Levensoned at HOB already
But for those who want to whip through the various reports coming out here's a few
UK Law Society Gazette :Implement Jackson reforms for media litigation, says Leveson
Thursday 29 November 2012 by Michael Cross
A call for Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals on costs to be introduced for defamation, privacy, breach of confidence ‘and similar media-related litigation’ appears in the Leveson report on the press published today.
In his report, Lord Justice Leveson proposes a new law to create an independent press regulator and to impose ‘a legal duty on the government to protect the freedom of the press’. The new independent self-regulatory body would be governed by a board with the power to ‘direct appropriate remedial action for breach of standards and the publication of corrections and apologies’.
The new regulator would also provide an arbitral process in relation to civil legal claims against members, ‘drawing on independent legal experts of high reputation and ability on a cost-only basis to the subscribing member’. Such expertise would not be difficult to find ‘from the most senior ranks of the legal profession’, Leveson says.
The Lawyer (UK): Hostage to Leveson
Not since Hogan Lovells held a partner meeting slap bang in the middle of an England World Cup match have so many lawyers been locked in a room together without recourse to a BlackBerry. It can only be Leveson.
At 11.30am today lawyers including RPC partner Keith Mathieson were assembled in a room with journalists - an uneasy mix at the best of times - in the QEII Conference Centre and given two hours to pore over Lord Justice Leveson's recommendations on how the country's press should be regulated.
For anyone that wants a brief update about the options in front of Leveson, Olswang partner Dan Tench - who advised the defunct News of the World on its phone-hacking claims - is on hand to provide a useful summary.
Meanwhile, Finers Stephens Innocent partner Mark Stephens recounts how he advised his media clients to avoid the Leveson inquiry like they would a particularly severe case of the plague, and Collyer Bristow partner Dominic Crossley gives his perspective as adviser to 50 or so core participant victims.
Luckily we still have access to our BlackBerrys and will be live tweeting on Leveson all afternoon.
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The Daily Telegraph
Leveson Report calls for media watchdog underpinned by law
Lord Justice Leveson has condemned decades of "outrageous" behaviour by newspapers as he urged the Government to set up a new media watchdog underpinned by legislation.