Many media lawyers will welcome the announcement of a new specialist list within the Queen's Bench Division which will hear cases involving key media torts - including defamation, misuse of private information and breach of duty under the Data Protection Act.

The Media and Communications List will be presided over by Mr Justice Warby and undoubtedly many will be watching closely to see if, over time, this will lead to media cases being heard in a more consistent tone and manner.  

This appears to be the latest move by the judiciary to modernise and rejuvenate the UK court system.