This concise treatise on defamation is both lucid and comprehensive. Previous editions have been cited frequently by first instance and appellate courts. The fully updated fourth edition considers the very significant changes to the law of libel and slander brought about by the Defamation Act 2013, and the law's continuing attempts to meet the challenges posed by publications on the internet and via social media. Where the law is uncertain, the authors suggest a solution which in their view accords with principle.
In recognition of the fact that, increasingly, practitioners are called upon to advise on related causes of action, the book includes chapters on malicious falsehood and misuse of private information and has been expanded, in the fourth edition, to address harassment and data protection.
This leading authority on defamation law and related areas will be an essential addition to the library of all practitioners specialising in these fields, as well as students and generalists who require a clear overview of the subject.
formerly a Lord Justice of Appeal and a Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple, 20 Essex Court Chambers
1. Introduction; 2.Influence of the European Court of Human Rights; 3. The distinction between libel and slander; 4. Meaning of Defamatory; 5. The ascertainment of meaning; 6. Ingredients of the cause of action; 7. Identification; 8. Publication; 9. Jurisdiction and choice of law; 10. Parties; 11. Defences- general introduction; 12. Truth; 13. Honest opinion; 14. Publication on matter of public interest; 15. Privelege: the nature of the defence; 16. Absolute Privelege; 17. Qualified Privelege; 18. Peer-reviewed statements in scientific or academic journals; 19. Malice; 20. Offer to make amends; 21. [Defences and Immunity for] Secondary Publishers; 22. Consent and Apology and Payment into Court under Lord Campbell's Act; 23. Limitation; 24. Damages; 25. Injunctions; 26. Other Remedies; 27. Misuse of Private Information; 28. Malicious Falsehood; 30. Other torts of publication; 31. Practice and procedure; 32. Appeals; Appendices