Leonard Hoffmann, Baron Hoffmann
Leonard Hubert "Lenny" Hoffmann, Baron Hoffmann, PC (Chinese: 賀輔明, born 8 May 1934 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a retired senior British judge. He served as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary from 1995 to 2009. Well known for his lively decisions and willingness to break with convention, he has had an especially large impact on shareholder actions in UK company law, in restricting tort liability for public authorities, and human rights. He is also a non-permanent judge of Hong Kong SAR Court of Final Appeal.Born in Cape Town, Lord Hoffmann was the son of a well-known solicitor. He was educated at the University of Cape Town and then attended The Queen's College, Oxford, as a Rhodes scholar, where he studied for the BCL and won the Vinerian Scholarship.
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In the Flood libel judgment, the supreme court have recognised the important role journalism plays in the free flow of information.
Many words have been written about the closure of the News of the World, the effect on many journalists, and the loss of its self-proclaimed public service in exposing "scandal" (Report, 11 July). It reminded me of the 60s, when Arnold Weinstock used his individual power to close one of the world's most advanced electronics manufacturing companies, with disastrous effect on the industry.
There must be a public inquiry into the culture of the tabloid press, the bribery of police and the failure of self-regulation.
If we want a law of privacy, what should happen next? There are four possibilities.
Libel bill has much to offer the media defendant, but could give traditional media privileges over bloggers and NGOs.