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BNM v MGN Limited – Court of Appeal Upholds Continued Access to Justice

“The Court of Appeal has today clarified the law in a decision which allows for continued access to justice for ordinary victims of media abuse. These include ordinary people that have had their privacy breached or been defamed by the Press.

It is an important decision for not only the hundreds of ordinary victims of the ‘dark arts’ practised by News Group Newspapers, Trinity Mirror and other publishers over the years, the extent of which continues to be revealed in the phone hacking litigation, but also for ordinary people that have been subject to new and recent cases of media fabrication and excess.”

James Heath
Lead Solicitor for the Claimants
Atkins Thomson

E-mail: jamesheath@atkinsthomson.com

Read full Judgment here


Sammy Winward settles action against News Group Newspapers

See Statement in Open Court here


Ian Hurst v News Group Newspapers & Others.

"This is a long running dispute, having lasted for almost 7 years. It has taken my client, his wife and daughter a very long time to achieve justice. I am pleased for them that News Group Newspapers have now settled this action and apologised to them in open court. The hacking of their computers, interception of their e-mails and surveillance of them was a gross invasion of their privacy. As News Group Newspapers have finally accepted, this should never have happened."

James Heath, Atkins Thomson


Sienna Miller and Jamie Theakston - Statements in Open Court


Supreme Court Victory for Phone Hacking Victims

Frost v MGN Ltd; Flood v Times Newspapers Ltd; Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited - for further information see here


Hacking actions settled against MGN Limited.

For further information see the links below to Statements in Open Court read out today on behalf of Michelle Collins, Todd Carty, Samantha Thomson, Jo Wood and Angela Bostock by Henry Fox and Nicola McCann of Atkins Thomson.


LADY VICTORIA HERVEY v MIRROR GROUP NEWSPAPERS

Lady Victoria Hervey, has settled her hacking action against MGN Limited.

For further information see the link here to the Statement in Open Court, read at the High Court today by Henry Fox of Atkins Thomson.


JEFF BRAZIER v MIRROR GROUP NEWSPAPERS

Jeff Brazier, has settled his hacking action against MGN Limited.

For further information see the link here to the Statement in Open Court, read at the High Court today by Henry Fox of Atkins Thomson.


CALUM BEST v MIRROR GROUP NEWSPAPERS

Calum Best, has settled his hacking action against MGN Limited.

For further information see the link here to the Statement in Open Court, read at the High Court today by Henry Fox of Atkins Thomson.


RHYS IFANS v MIRROR GROUP NEWSPAPERS

Rhys Ifans, has settled his hacking action against MGN Limited.

For further information see the link below to the Statement in Open Court, read at the High Court today by Henry Fox of Atkins Thomson


CAROLINE CHIKEZIE v MIRROR GROUP NEWSPAPERS

Caroline Chikezie has settled her hacking action against MGN Limited.

For further information see the link below to the Statement in Open Court, read at the High Court today Friday 10thJune 2016


CLAIR DOBBS v MIRROR GROUP NEWSPAPERS

Clair Dobbs has settled her hacking action against MGN Limited.

For further information see the link below to the Statement in Open Court, read at the High Court today by Henry Fox of Atkins Thomson


HOLLY DAVIDSON v MIRROR GROUP NEWSPAPERS

Holly Davidson has settled her hacking action against MGN Limited.

For further information see the link below to the Statement in Open Court, read at the High Court today Friday 10thJune 2016


TINA HOBLEY v MIRROR GROUP NEWSPAPERS

Tina Hobley has settled her hacking action against MGN Limited.

For further information see the link below to the Statement in Open Court, read at the High Court today by Henry Fox of Atkins Thomson


Phone hacking: Kelly Hoppen settles Mirror case

From BBC News...


Mirror Newspapers Hacking Litigation

The Supreme Court has refused MGN’s application for permission to appeal against the Order made by the Court of Appeal. The damages awarded by Mr Justice Mann to the 8 Representative Claimants last year will stand (the largest awards of damages ever made by the courts for breach of a person’s privacy). As will the scathing criticism of Mirror Group’s past conduct and its behaviour throughout the litigation of these claims (see here for the judgment of Mr Justice Mann and here for the judgment of the Court of Appeal).

James Heath of Atkins Thomson acted as Lead Solicitor for the Representative Claimants.
Mark Thomson of Atkins Thomson acted directly for Sadie Frost, who was awarded £260,250; the highest amount of damages ever awarded for misuse of private information.

If you have any questions regarding this decision or if you have been notified by the police that you are the victim of phone hacking or that your private or confidential information has been obtained unlawfully, please contact us.


Mirror loses appeal on all grounds

STATEMENT by JAMES HEATH of ATKINS THOMSON
Lead Solicitor for the Claimants in the Mirror Newspapers Hacking Litigation

The Court of Appeal has rejected Mirror Group’s appeal against the judgment of Mr Justice Mann in the Mirror Group Phone Hacking Litigation on all grounds. In doing so it has paid tribute to the judge at first instance for his meticulous examination of the case, his considerable mastery of the facts of each case and his careful and comprehensive judgment. It has endorsed the detailed analysis of how damages such as these are to be calculated as set out by the judge in his judgment.

At the same time, it has delivered a damning verdict upon Mirror Group for its conduct, both at the time of the wrongdoing and also during the course of these 8 claims. In its appeal, Mirror Group was not able to point to a single award of damages that was excessive and did not (nor could not) argue that the awards interfere with freedom of the press. It had no mitigating circumstances in its favour and even abandoned its own apology in the process, which was rushed out just prior to the trial. In her Judgment, Lady Justice Arden held:

“MGN cannot expect this Court to come to its rescue and find some way of finding the awards to be excessive when its staff have been responsible for disgraceful conduct with such distressing consequences, and when to boot it is quite unable itself to point to actual awards that it contends are wrong.”

And in considering the findings of fact made against Mirror Group, which the publisher did not challenge:

“…so far as I can see there were no mitigating circumstances at all. The employees of MGN instead repeatedly engaged in disgraceful actions and ransacked the respondents’ voice mail to produce in many cases demeaning articles about wholly innocent members of the public in order to create stories for MGN’s newspapers. They appear to have been totally uncaring about the real distress and damage to relationships caused by their callous actions.”

The conclusions reached by a High Court judge and three Lord Justices of Appeal, and accepted by Mirror Group itself, are in stark contrast to the conclusions reached by the CPS last week when it decided to take no further action upon having considered the very same material. The Appeal Judgment ends by expressing hope that these cases concern an exceptional situation.

The awards made to these 8 claimants are the largest awards of damages yet made by our courts for breach of a person’s privacy. They range from £72,500 to £260,250 and it has taken great courage for this group of 8 individuals to hold their nerve and persevere against the largest newspaper publisher in this country. In doing so, they have achieved guidance that will allow many more people to fairly compensated for similar abuse carried out against them by the tabloid press. There are currently 80 other claims before the Court in the 2nd Wave of this litigation and at least 50 further claims at the pre-action stage. They will all be assisted by the trial decision achieved by these 8 Claimants and the guidance given by the Court of Appeal.

James Heath
Lead Solicitor for the Claimants
Atkins Thomson


Mirror Appeal Update

The Mirror Newspapers Hacking Appeal was heard on 20th and 21st October 2015. As before, since we act for parties to the appeal, it would be inappropriate for us to provide comment whilst judgment is awaited so we point interested parties to the following two hearing reports on the INFORRM blog:

We will upload the parties’ skeleton arguments in a post to follow. Should you have any other questions or queries with regard to the Mirror Newspapers Phone Hacking Litigation in the meantime, please contact James Heath or Mark Thomson


We have been asked for our views and to comment on the appeal. Whilst it would be inappropriate to do so whilst the appeal is ongoing given that we are acting for the 8 Representative Claimants/Repondents, we point interested parties to the following two posts on the INFORRM blog.

The first is an excellent analysis of MGN’s four Grounds of Appeal: https://inforrm.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/case-preview-gulati-v-mgn-mirror-phone-hacking-damages-appeal-hugh-tomlinson-qc/

The second is a report of the first day of the hearing: https://inforrm.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/hearing-report-gulati-v-mgn-the-first-day-of-the-mirror-phone-hacking-damages-appeal/

We will post a link to the report of the second day in due course. Should you have any other questions or queries with regard to the Mirror Newspapers Phone Hacking Litigation, please contact James Heath http://www.atkinsthomson.com/james-heath.htm or Mark Thomson http://www.atkinsthomson.com/mark-thomson.htm

Comment on the MGN appeal


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