Adele’s son wins damages over papped photo

August 2014



The son of pop singer Adele has been awarded £10,000 in damages and legal costs after a privacy case brought by Adele and her partner Sumin Konecki against Corbis Images UK whose photographer had papped the 2 year old Angelo Adkins and his parents without their permission. In the Hugh Court the singer argued that the photographs infringed their child’s privacy.

The legal action was launched after Corbis Images UK shopped a number of photographs featuring Angelo to the UK press. These, said Adele’s lawyer Jenny Afia of Schillings captured his “milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, [and] were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family’s wishes”. Afia added: “The parents’ view is that these images were of routine, everyday family occasions which the paparazzi has no right to intrude upon, profit from and file away in picture libraries for future reference and use”.

The damages will be held in trust for Angelo, and legal costs, as well as agreeing not to use the photos again in future. The company also passed on the names of the freelance photographers who took the pictures, to whom Afia’s Schillings law firm has now written, warning them of further legal action if they target Angelo again.

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