5RB

5RB is a set of barristers’ chambers at 5 Raymond Buildings, Gray’s Inn, which specialises in media and entertainment law, sports law, and related human rights law. Site content includes full text judgments from cases involving 5RB barristers, and in-house articles.

ASA and CAP

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) regulates advertising across all UK media and applies the advertising codes, which are written by the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP). This is their joint web site. It includes the current editions of the CAP codes, ASA rulings made in the last five years, compliance reports, research reports, and annual reports.

Entertainment and Sports Law Journal

This online journal is published by the University of Westminster Press. The coverage is from Spring 2002 onwards. Click on the “Content” tab to access the full text articles.

Harbottle & Lewis

Harbottle & Lewis is a London law firm specialising in media, entertainment and sports law. The site’s content includes in-house articles and regular eBulletins. Registration is required to receive the latter by email: recent issues are directly accessible on the site. Articles and eBulletins can be found under the “Latest” tab.

Independent Press Standards Organisation

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) is the independent regulator for the newspaper and magazine industry in the UK. It replaced the Press Complaints Commission on 8 September 2014. Site content includes the Editors’ Code of Practice which IPSO is charged with enforcing, information on the complaint procedure, rulings and resolution statements.

Leveson Inquiry

Lord Justice Leveson was appointed in July 2011, following developments in the News International phone hacking scandal, to chair an inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press. Its report, published on 29 November 2012, may be accessed either on the GOV.UK web site or here on the inquiry’s official site, now archived by the UK Government Web Archive. Additional material on the inquiry’s site includes transcripts of hearings, evidence, the chairman’s rulings and key documents.

McLibel Trial

The libel trial between the McDonalds Corporation and a postman and a gardener from London became the longest running trial in English legal history, beginning in June 1994 and lasting 313 days. This section of the McSpotlight web site includes Mr Justice Bell’s judgment of 19 June 1997, court transcripts, a selection of legal documents relating to the proceedings, witness statements, and information about the subsequent appeal. There are also news stories and press releases up to 2006 and a few legal articles.

Ofcom

Ofcom (the Office of Communications) is the independent regulator and competition authority for the media and communications industries in the UK. It was created in December 2003 from a merger of the Broadcasting Standards Commission, the Independent Television Commission, Oftel, the Radio Authority and the Radio Communications Agency. It has also been responsible for the regulation since 1 October 2011 of the UK’s postal services, and since 3 April 2017 of the BBC. Information and documents on the site include consultations, codes of practice, guidance, reports, and selected material from the former sites of the defunct “legacy regulators”. An Enforcement section within the “Stakeholders” area includes details of Ofcom’s competition and other regulatory enforcement casework since 1996, in the Competition and Consumer Enforcement Bulletin.

One Brick Court

One Brick Court is a set of barristers’ chambers in the Temple which specialises in media and information law. Its web site includes a news section; brief notes on recent cases in which members of chambers have appeared; and a collection of articles, most of them reproduced from various journals and newspapers.

Press Complaints Commission

The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) closed on 8 September 2014 and was replaced as regulator of the UK press by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). The PCC site is being maintained for a period to provide a record of its rulings 1996-2014. Other former site content has been removed.

Simkins

Simkins LLP is a London law firm specialising in the media and entertainment sectors. The News section of its web site has newsletters and articles outlining legal developments in media and entertainment.