‘Defamation Update: Serious Harm, Lachaux and Beyond’

“Section 1(1) of the Defamation Act 2013 provides that ‘A statement is not defamatory unless its publication has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to the reputation of the claimant’. As Warby J said in Doyle v Smith [2018] EWHC 2935 (QB) – ‘This is a beguilingly simple sentence. Inevitably, though, there was debate as to its meaning and effect before and after the Act came into force on 1 January 2014’ … (more)

[Emma Linch, Inforrm’s Blog, 4 December]

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