‘An allegation of dishonesty: A statement of fact or the expression of opinion?’

“In a number of recent libel cases, the court has encouraged parties to apply prior to the service of a defence for a preliminary issue trial where the meaning of the words complained of is in dispute. Often, as part of such a hearing, parties will also seek the determination of other issues, such as whether an inference of serious harm can be drawn from the gravity of the assessed meaning and/or whether the statements complained of are fact or opinion …” (more)

[Tom Double, Inforrm’s Blog, 6 March]

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