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This weekend the Director of Public Prosecution, Keir Starmer QC and myself were interviewed on Sky News about the proposed guidelines that are supposed to define a little more clearly, what activities on social media would constitute a criminal offence and what would not. The DPP stated that where there was a sustained attack using social media, which was grossly offensive, there was likely to be an investigation and arrests could follow. However, for one off comments, that are often made in the heat of the moment, which are then taken down, prosecution would be far less likely.

Rupinder Bains gives her analysis to Sky news on Director of Public Prosecution's comments about Social Media defamation. The Director of Public Prosecution has stated that if the author of an offensive post deletes the post "soon after" it is posted it may help the author avoid the courts. Read below for the full article "Fast Tweet Kills May Help Avoid Prosecution" and Rupinder's comments.

Rupinder Bains gives her analysis to Sky news on Director of Public Prosecution's comments about Social Media defamation. The Director of Public Prosecution has stated that if the author of an offensive post deletes the post "soon after" it is posted it may help the author avoid the courts. Read below for the full article "Fast Tweet Kills May Help Avoid Prosecution" and Rupinder's comments.

Pinder Reaux are delighted to announce that their MD, Rupinder Bains, has been in included in The Lawyer magazine’s “Hot 100”: an annual publication that recognises the top 100 lawyers in the UK who have consistently demonstrated innovation and been at the top of their profession and specialisms over the preceding 12 months.

The Lawyer’s Hot 100 report describes Rupinder as ‘being the one to watch’ after obtaining a landmark order against Facebook and now with a book on the horizon dealing with strategies to ensure fairer divorce settlements.

What do the above all have in common? Well John Terry and Luis Suarez were both accused of a racially aggravated criminal offence on the football pitch. Last night, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard decided to kick a young ball boy whilst he was on the ground to gain custody of the football whilst playing Swansea City in the Capital One Cup.

What do the above all have in common? Well John Terry and Luis Suarez were both accused of a racially aggravated criminal offence on the football pitch. Last night, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard decided to kick a young ball boy whilst he was on the ground to gain custody of the football whilst playing Swansea City in the Capital One Cup.

There has been a lot in the news recently about a so called ‘cheat’s charter’ that allows the wealthier party in a divorce case to ‘hide’ money and assets out of reach of the spouse that is claiming a stake on the business that he or she has never worked in or taken an interest in, or in the money that you have worked hard to save for and invest.

The recent successful obtaining of a privacy injunction by Ned RocknRoll against The Sun raises interesting questions regarding the definition of when someone is considered to be significantly in the public’s eye (or famous enough), to warrant the need for an injunction.

Online Defamation Slur Or Smear? Have Pinder Reaux Solve it for you Quickly!

Much has been made of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Kier Starmer’s new guidelines on social networking prosecutions and how this will affect individual tweeters, tweeting on various subjects. Some things have been classified, with others being left to subjective tests, such as what is to be considered grossly offensive, how many followers are considered substantial followers etc.

At midnight, Kier Starmer’s long awaited guidelines on social media offences were published. Guidelines long awaited by the legal profession, the police and no doubt the millions of users of social media.

So, are we any the wiser?

Simple answer, No.

Rupinder Bains speaks to BBC Radio - Wales regarding Social Media laws.

Listen here: BBC Radio Wales

Pinder Reaux & Associates

 

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