MGN Limited v United Kingdom: ECHR 18 Jan 2011

The applicant publisher said that the finding against it of breach of confidence and the system of success fees infringed it Article 10 rights to freedom of speech. It had published an article about a model’s attendance at Narcotics anonymous meetings.
Held: The finding of a breach of confidence against the applicant amounted to an interference with its right to freedom of expression, but that interference was proportionate. As to the level of success fees (at 100%) again these were an interference, were prescribed by law, and had a legitimate aim, but flaws in the process leading up to their implementation meant that it could not be shown that they were necessary and were disproportionate.

Mojovic P
[2011] ECHR 66, 39401/04, (2011) 53 EHRR 5, 29 BHRC 686, [2011] 1 Costs LO 84, [2011] EMLR 20
European Convention on Human Rights 10, Data Protection Act 1998, Human Rights Act 1998 2(1) 6(1), Civil Procedure Rules 44.3(2), Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2000, Courts and Legal Services Act 1990, Conditional Fee Agreements Order 1995, Conditional Fee Agreements Order 1998, Access to Justice Act 1999
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