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Oral and associated written evidence

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Written evidence from oral witnesses is published in the Oral and associated written evidence. Additional written evidence is published separately.

Oral evidence

The transcript of these sessions are published with the Oral and associated written evidence.

 Wednesday 27 April 2011

Witnesses:

  • Lord Lester of Herne Hill

Wednesday 4 May 2011

Witnesses:

Panel 1:

  • Jonathan Heawood, Jo Glanville, Tracey Brown and Dr Evan Harris Libel Reform Campaign

Panel 2: 

  • Professor Alastair Mullis, University of East Anglia, and Professor Andrew Scott, London School of Economics

Monday 9 May 2011

Witnesses:

Panel 1:

  • Keith Mathieson, Partner, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain
  • Mark Stephens, Partner, Finers Stephens Innocent
  • David Price, Solicitor Advocate, David Price Solicitors and Advocates
  • Marcus Partington, Chair, Media Lawyers Association and Deputy Secretary/Group Legal Director Trinity Mirror Plc

Panel 2:

  • Nigel Tait, Partner, Carter-Ruck
  • Rod Christie-Miller, Chief Executive and Partner, Schillings Solicitors
  • Jeremy Clarke-Williams, Head of Media, Libel and Privacy Department, Russell, Jones and Walker Solicitors
  • Duncan Lamont, Head of Media, Charles Russell LLP 

Wednesday 11 May 2011

Witnesses:

  • Alan Rusbridger, Editor, The Guardian
  • Mr Philip Johnston, Assistant Editor, Daily Telegraph
  • Mr Alastair Brett, Former head of legal department, The Times 

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Witnesses:

Panel 1:

  • Sophie Farthing, Policy Officer, Liberty
  • David Marshall, Senior In-House Lawyer, Which?
  • Charmian Gooch, Director, Global Witness
  • Rowan Davies, Campaigns Organiser, Mumsnet

Panel 2:

  • Rt Hon the Lord Mackay of Clashfern KT, Former Lord High Chancellor
  • Rt Hon the Lord Wakeham DL, Former Chairman, Press Complaints Commission

Monday 23 May 2011

Witnesses:

Panel 1:

  • Nicholas Lansman, Secretary General, Internet Service Providers Association
  • Mark Gracey, Chair of ISPA’s Content Liability Subgroup, Internet Service Providers Association
  • Emma Ascroft, Director of Public Policy, UK and Ireland, Yahoo
  • Professor Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law and Head of Institute of Information and Communications Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London

Panel 2:

  • Vicky Harris, Senior Legal Counsel in the Markets Division of Thomson Reuters, The Publishers Association
  • Tim Godfray, Chief Executive, The Booksellers Association
  • Professor Chris Frost, Chair of the National Union of Journalists’ Ethics Council, National Union of Journalists

Monday 13 June 2011

Witnesses:

Panel 1:

  • Sarah Jones, Head of Litigation, BBC
  • Tom Bower, Author

Panel 2:

  • Dr Ben Goldacre, Author, and Medical Doctor
  • Dr Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief, Nature
  • Fiona Godlee, Editor-in-Chief, BMJ
  • Simon Singh, Author, Journalist and TV producer

Wednesday 15 June 2011

Witnesses:

  • Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP QC, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
  • Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

Monday 20 June 2011

Witnesses:

  • Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC, former Attorney General
  • Rt Hon the Lord Falconer of Thoroton PC QC, former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
  • Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Wednesday 22 June 2011

Witnesses:

  • Desmond Browne QC, Joint Head of Chambers, 5RB
  • Hugh Tomlinson QC, Matrix Chambers
  • Paul Tweed, Partner, Johnsons Solicitors

Wednesday 6 July 2011

Witnesses:

Panel 1:

  • Rt Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury PC MR, The Master of the Rolls
  • The Hon Mr Justice Tugendhat KT, Head of the Queen’s Bench jury and non-jury lists

Panel 2:

  • Rt Hon Sir Charles Gray QC KT, Chairman, Early Resolution Group
  • Rt Hon Sir Stephen Sedley, Chair of the Alternative Libel Group and former Lord Justice of Appeal
  • Rt Hon Lord Woolf of Barnes PC, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Monday 11 July 2011

Witnesses:

  • Ian Hislop, Editor, Private Eye

Monday 18 July 2011

Witnesses:

Panel 1: 

  • Edward Garnier QC MP, Solicitor-General

Panel 2:

  • Paul Dacre, Editor-in-Chief, Associated Newspapers
  • Matthew Parris, Journalist, The Times

Terms of reference

Terms of reference - were published on 8 April 2011