Michael Douglas (1) Catherine Zeta Jones (2) Northern & Shell Plc (3) v Hello! Ltd (2000) CA
Judges: Brooke LJ, Sedley LJ, Keene LJ
Theodore Goddard instructed Michael Tugendhat QC and David Sherborne of 5 Raymond Buildings (Hello!). Charles Russell instructed Henry Carr QC and Giles Fernando, both of 11 South Square (Douglas and Zeta Jones).
Douglas and Zeta Jones won the right to sue Hello! for publishing their wedding photographs and failing to recognise their right to privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. But the degrees of privacy meant that the court did not grant an injunction restraining Hello! from publishing the material in the present case.
Mostyn Neil Hamilton v Mohamed Al Fayed (2000) CA
Judges: Lord Phillips MR, Sedley LJ, Hale LJ
Crockers Oswald Hickson instructed Anthony Boswood QC and Giles Wheeler of Fountain Court and Tom Lowe from Wilberforce Chambers (Hamilton). DJ Freeman instructed Michael Beloff QC of 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, James Price QC of 5 Raymond Buildings and Heather Rogers of Matrix Chambers (Al Fayed).
The Court of Appeal dismissed a libel action brought by the former Tory MP Neil Hamilton who lost the original action brought by Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed. It was held that evidence introduced after the closure of the case did not give an unfair advantage as it did not override the objective of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998.
Bruce Peskin (1) Kevin Milner (2) suing on own behalf and on behalf of 207 retired members of the RAC v John Anderson & ors (2000) CA
Judges: Simon Brown LJ, Mummery LJ, Latham LJ
Class Law instructed Geoffrey Vos QC of 3 Stone Buildings and Daniel Lightman of Serle Court (claimants). Slaughter and May instructed Lord Grabiner QC of One Essex Court and Craig Orr of Fountain Court.
There was no legal basis on which the claimants, all former members of the Royal Automobile Club who had missed out on the windfall payments which arose from the club's demutualisation, could properly complain that they had not been informed by the club's directors of the possible sale of the club.