On Monday the annual London Legal Walk raised over £575,000 for the London Legal Support Trust, an organisation that supports free legal advice centres. Walkers included the Attorney General, the Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls, Lords Neuberger, Kerr, Phillips and Clarke of the Supreme Court, and the President of the Law Society. The 10km course took in legal landmarks including Temple, the Law Society and the RCJ.
The High Court ruled that a tweet published by Sally Bercow, wife of Commons Speaker John Bercow, was libellous. She had broadcast “Why is Lord McAlpine trending. *innocent face*” to over 56,000 followers, linking the politician to a BBC Newsnight exposé on sexual abuse at a children’s home. She argued that the question she had posed was entirely neutral, but it was held that her inclusion of the words “innocent face” had shown the question to be intended to be ironic. Also, under the “repetition rule” rule a defendant who repeats a defamatory allegation made by another is treated as if they had made the allegation themselves. Continue reading »