MGN Ltd v Shobna Gulati & Ors [2015] EWCA Civ 1291


This appeal concerns the level of compensation awarded by Mr Justice Mann to victims of newspaper-driven phone hacking and blagging (Shobna Gulati & Ors v MGN Limited [2015] EWHC 1482 (Ch)).

In particular, the Court of Appeal considered the principles and method applied in arriving at the awards for compensation.

It was argued by the appellant that the awards were disproportionate when compared with awards given in personal injury cases, and in the European Court of Human Rights. MGN also argued that the awards should have been limited only to damages for distress and not given for the act of the intrusion into privacy itself.



The cases mentioned, or made reference to, in this podcast are:

 R (Lumba) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] 1 AC 245

Mosley v News Group Newspapers Limited [2008] EMLR 20

Mosley v News Group Newspapers Limited (No3) [2008] EWHC 1777 (QB)

Vento v Chief Constable for West Yorkshire Police [2002] EWCA Civ 1871

Campbell v MGN [2004] 2 AC 457

John v MGN [1997] QB 586

AAA v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2012] EWHC 2103 (QB)

Weller v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2014] EMLR 24

Halford v UK (1997) 24 EHRR 523