The Himsworths Legal bimonthly – April 2016Posted on

Slander: a victory for the Innocent

How’s about this for a chiding from a judge? Warby J described the Defendant in the case of Bartholomew Umeyor v Innocent Ibe as combative to the point of obstreperousness”, “impatient”, “self-righteous” with a “strong sense of his own importance and integrity”. Despite all of that though Mr Ibe succeeded in his defence.

In this blog our Jessica Lovell analyses the judgment that highlights not just how much of a rarity slander* cases are today but how difficult they are to establish.

*Slander is a defamatory statement in the spoken, temporary form. Libel is a defamatory statement in permanent form (written, recorded etc)

Phishing scams

Online criminals are always seeking new and cunning ways to steal passwords and, ultimately private information and money from unwitting individuals. One such recent text messaging scam was brought to our attention last week by a client involving an invitation to reset Apple passwords in order to reactivate a deactivated Apple account and then, lo and behold, this text message arrived in our inbox this week:

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If you receive a message like this do not click on the link. The link will take you to a convincing looking mirror site where you’ll be invited to give these criminals your Apple password. Once that has happened ……

Social Media education in the news

As some of you may already be aware, there has been press interest in our work in educating young sportsmen and women on social media in recent weeks. Matt Himsworth gave interviews to Radio 4’s Today programme and Radio 5’s Sportsweek plus comments in the Daily Mail. You can read about it here including links to the recordings.


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