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Privacy and Libel Law

The Clash with Press Freedom

By: Paul Tweed
Media of Privacy and Libel Law
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Published: 23-04-2015
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 170
ISBN: 9781780433646
Imprint: Bloomsbury Professional
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About Privacy and Libel Law

This new title covers the law surrounding freedom of press versus rights of the individual, including in depth analysis of the review of UK libel law and the draft Defamation Bill published in March 2011.

Contents includes:
History and development of libel laws in the UK and USA;
Actions brought by US personalities in the UK Courts;
The ramifications of the Rachel Ehrenfeld case;
Importance of striking a balance between an unfettered press reporting in the public interest and one-sided coverage of particular issues;
The argument for statutory press regulation;
Level of damages awarded in comparison to costs involved;
Anticipated changes to the law;
Alternative remedies;
Difficulties facing Claimants without access to legal aid;
Implications arising from the phone hacking scandal.

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1 Background to the controversy - differences in attitudes towards "freedom of speech" in the US and UK;
Chapter 2 Development of libel law in the USA;
Chapter 3 Increased media attention on defamation and privacy;
Chapter 4 The clamour for reform;
Chapter 5 The developing laws of privacy;
Chapter 6 A decade of press intrusions;
Chapter 7 The press on trial;
Chapter 8 Access to justice;
Chapter 9 The battle for privacy;
Chapter 10 An international perspective;
Chapter 11 Intellectual property and other rights;
Chapter 12 Who guards the guardians?;
Chapter 13 Conclusion.


Paul has acted for me in a number of libel disputes over the years and I'm very pleased to see that he is now sharing his unrivalled knowledge and experience in this terrific book.It is a must read in this day and age when so much libel action is front and foremost in today's press.” –  Liam Neeson, 2012, Liam Neeson, 2012

A wise man once said "Never pick a fight with someone who buys their ink by the barrel....unless they have lied and you have Paul Tweed on your side" . Paul is quite simply the best. This book proves why.” –  Patrick Kielty, 2012, Patrick Kielty, 2012

I have been in the field of entertainment for 4 decades, being a public figure I have been libeled and defamed on numerous occasions. Paul Tweed who acted for me has proved to be the most amazing expert in the field of libel. He won all my cases with astounding results.
I highly recommend his book.

” –  Uri Geller, 2012, Uri Geller, 2012

Paul Tweed is the most successful libel lawyer in the business. He has never lost a case. He has acted for me and provided a first-rate service. He is best known for representing Hollywood movie stars but many of his clients are just ordinary people who have been wronged by the media. Tweed argues his case with passion and conviction. His contribution to the debate on press freedom will be a compulsory read for those on both sides of the libel law debate.” –  Suzanne Breen, 2012, Suzanne Breen, 2012

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 Wright, President of the British American Business Council (Los Angeles) and Chairman of the Malibu Bar Association, 2012, Paul Wright, President of the British American Business Council (Los Angeles) and Chairman of the Malibu Bar Association, 2012

Paul Tweed and I usually oppose one another, but this is an insightful book built on Paul's extensive knowledge & experience. Anyone with an interest in this area of law should buy Privacy and Libel Law: The Clash with Press Freedom.” –  Mark Stephens of Finers Stephens Innocent, 2012, Mark Stephens of Finers Stephens Innocent, 2012

The real inside story: a thoughtful, trenchant, gripping analysis of what happens when and why the media gets it wrong.” –  Neville L. Johnson, Founding Partner of Johnson & Johnson LLP, 2012, Neville L. Johnson, Founding Partner of Johnson & Johnson LLP, 2012

This fascinating book comes at a time when the practices and ethics of the Press are under intense scrutiny,at a time when newspaper circulation figures are dropping year on year, and at a time when an entire new generation sources information online. It offers an insight into why there has to be a clear definition of what constitutes "Public Interest," and why there has to be legislation to protect a person's reputation in cases where there is no justification for destroying it. Most of all, this book raises strong questions about the morality of how Newspaper Proprietors, Editors and Journalists produce some of the stories that are in our daily papers. These are changing times indeed.” –  Chris de Burgh, 2012, Chris de Burgh, 2012

I know from personal experience that Paul Tweed is the sort of lawyer you like to have in your corner. It is hell when he is against you. He has a real passion for his work and a cool eye for detail. I may not agree with him on every point, but there is nobody whose expert and seasoned opinion I'd rather hear on media law.” –  Liam Clarke, Political Editor of the Belfast Telegraph, 2012, Liam Clarke, Political Editor of the Belfast Telegraph, 2012

Thoughtful and provocative ,delivered in a style that is highly analytical but always practical ,this book is brimming with real life experience of court room events. Rarely have the formidable problems of defining or limiting freedom of expression and the right to privacy and reputation been so unflinchingly discussed and dissected in terms that are readily accessible to professional and layman alike.” –  The Hon Mr Justice Gillen, 2012, The Hon Mr Justice Gillen, 2012

When Paul Tweed writes on Privacy and Libel Law, readers are getting a report from the trenches by a happy warrior engaged in the never-ending battle to preserve the long-recognized values of reputation and privacy from the destructive onslaught of irresponsible media in the global Internet Age.
This book is a must-read for every person concerned about the proper role of the press and other media in a free society, amidst current revelations of criminal and unethical actions practiced in the name of free speech, as well as a counter-weight to arguments for even greater freedom to publish untruth or information about a person that is nobody else's business.

” –  John Walsh, New York Media Attorney, 2012, John Walsh, New York Media Attorney, 2012

When you find yourself the victim of unfair media intrusion there's no one better than Paul Tweed to have by your side! He is Quick and fearless in protecting his clients' interests and is an absolute pleasure to deal with” –  Sharon Corr of Irish band, The Corrs, 2012, Sharon Corr of Irish band, The Corrs, 2012

Paul Tweed has produced a very entertaining and interesting account of the clash between press freedom and individuals' rights. In doing so, he has been able to rely upon many years of experience in representing those who believe they have been treated unlawfully by powerful media organisations.” –  Jim O'Callaghan SC, Jim O'Callaghan SC

Paul Tweed enjoys unrivalled expertise and experience in the field of media law. He has drawn extensively on that experience in producing a magisterial, insightful account of defamation and privacy law in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. Despite its scholarship and attention to detail, this book is highly readable and instantly accessible even to those unfamiliar with this area of law.” –  Justice of The Supreme Court, The Right Hon the Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore, Justice of The Supreme Court, The Right Hon the Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore

This is a valuable account of a topic of great current importance on both sides of the Atlantic.The author successfully combines legal learning, lucidly expressed, with a range of fresh insights and contemporary information not otherwise available, readily or at all.” –  Mr Justice Donnell Deeny, the leading Chancery Judge in Northern Ireland, Mr Justice Donnell Deeny, the leading Chancery Judge in Northern Ireland

This book gives a fascinating account of the law of privacy and defamation as applied in England, Ireland and the USA. It is essential reading for specialist lawyers because America is the source of so much that now appears on the internet. But it is also so well and entertainingly written that it will surely find a wide readership among non-lawyers concerned by issues of privacy and reputation.” –  Max Mosley, 2012, Max Mosley, 2012

“Suitable for lawyer and layman alike, Tweed's text is authoratitive and insightful... essential reading for anyone interested in the debate.

” –  Dearbhail McDonald, Irish Independant

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