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Defamation and Reputation Management
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30 minutes of audio
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Course Aims:

This podcast aims to introduce listeners to the shape of UK defamation law and how it is being reformed by Parliament in the new Defamation Bill 2010. The podcast will look at the reform of the defence of fair comment, the future of juries, corporate claimants, costs and the relationship between defamation and the developing law of privacy.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand why bringing defamation proceedings in the UK is different to other countries;
  • Be aware of the current reform proposals going through Parliament;
  • Understand the relationship between defamation and privacy;
  • Be aware on the new restrictions proposed for corporate Claimants;
  • Understand the historic role of the jury in defamation trials, their impact upon the trial process and how they might be reformed;
  • Be aware of how Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals on costs reform could impact upon defamation proceedings.
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Legal Principles
Legislative Updates
Sources and References:
  • Jameel v Wall Street Journal Europe (2007) 1 AC 359;
  • Reynolds v Times Newspapers Ltd and Others [1999] UKHL 45;
  • Defamation Bill 2010 [HL];
  • British Chiropractic Association v Singh [2010] EWCA Civ 350;
  • Collins Stewart Limited & Another v The Financial Times Ltd [2005] EWHC 262 (QB);
  • Bonnard v Perryman [1891] 2 Ch 269.

In this podcast, specialist media lawyer Niri Shan takes us through a brief but informative discussion of the UK’s defamation rules and what proposals are on the table to reform them.

Podcast added: 25/10/10

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-10-31

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