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The ruling issued by the High Court today in the matter of Sally Bercow versus Lord McAlpine strikes a number of critical cords where the issue of online defamation is concerned.

The libel claim brought by London businessman David Hunt against the Sunday Times shows that cliché’s concerning London ‘gangsters’ may often be more than simply cliché’s, they may actually be defamatory.

Established trusts have been successfully used in recent divorce cases to achieve favourable outcomes for divorcing husbands – the recent case of Petrodel Resources Ltd & Ors v Prest [2012], being an example. However, in this case, we have a clear and obvious example of trusts being used for tax efficiency reasons, but where they have resulted in a husband losing significantly in his divorce settlement.

The recent FA charge given to Ryan Bennett, for breach of FA rule E3 should act as a warning to all other professional footballers – your social media behaviour is judged against a higher bar than that of the general public.

Ryan Bennett’s example, i.e. being punished for using threatening/improper words on Twitter shows that a footballer’s social media behaviour is under the FA’s magnifying spotlight.

If you think that it is possible to go online, create a blog anonymously to defame your competition and get away with it… YOU ARE WRONG, SO THINK AGAIN!

A staggering £15 million divorce settlement brought to an end this widely publicized divorce case which has been going on for the past four years.

John Spyrou named as a feature blogger for TwentyFour7 Football Magazine. Click below to read his latest articles on his legal twist to Football related issues.

Issue number 2 "Chants from the Terraces: Banter or subtle racism?" Click here:

John Spyrou

According to the Legal Ombudsman, some solicitors are failing to advise clients who are getting divorced to settle their courtroom battles before costs rise out of control because of the "emotional rawness" of those involved.

The Legal Ombudsman’s report claims that nearly a fifth (18%) of the 7,500 complaints resolved last year involved divorce or family law-related cases, making it the most complained about area of law in England and Wales.

Schalke FC has today complained to UEFA about the inclusion of Didier Drogba in their Champions League game against Galatasaray on Wednesday night. The reasons behind this provide a good and interesting opportunity for the rules of the game to be examined.

The long running Tamiz saga was finally put to bed yesterday when the Court of Appeal rejected his appeal against Google on the grounds of publication. In simple English terms the panel of three senior judges did not consider that enough people would have seen the comments complained of to truly have damaged Mr Tamiz’s reputation i.e. the age old adage of ‘the candle was not worth the game’ clearly permeated into the minds of the senior appeal judges, when they made their judgment.

Watch Rupinder Bains talk to Skynews on Director of Public Prosecution's comments on Social Media:


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.


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