Joint editors: Richard Parkes, QC and Professor Alastair MullisContributing editors: Godwin Busuttil, Dr Andrew Scott and Adam SpekerGatley
is the leading text on libel and slander. The new edition brings practitioners up to date with the latest developments in the law of defamation, both substantive and procedural. It analyses the relevant case law, and guides the reader through practice and procedure in detail.The new 12th edition deals in depth with the Defamation Act 2013
. It also incorporates the latest case law and tracks the developing law in areas such as press freedom to report on matters of public interest, interim injunctions and damages.
- Provides an authoritative and comprehensive guide to the law of defamation. The twelfth edition is substantially revised to cover recent case law (domestic, Commonwealth and Strasbourg) and important legislation including the Defamation Act 2013.
- Includes expert commentary and analysis of substantive defamation law, including discussion of all significant recent English case law
- States the English law of defamation as it stands prior to the coming into force of the Defamation Act 2013
- Discusses the Defamation Act 2013 and its impact on English law and practice
- Offers detailed coverage of the relevant procedure and guidance on practising in defamation law and other related areas of law
- Includes reference to cases from other jurisdictions with commentary on their relevance to English law and procedure, in particular decisions from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Hong Kong
- Discusses the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on defamation law and privacy
- Explains the constituents of related causes of action arising from the publication of statements and images, e.g. Misuse of private information, breach of confidence, and harassment, and the defences to such claims, and discusses recent case law on these topics
- Deals first with substantive law and then with procedure, clearly separated into chapters and sections
- Sets out key legislation
- Includes summaries of libel awards in the appendix material
New to the 12th Edition
- Covers in full the Defamation Act 2013
- The question of what is 'defamatory' has recently received scrutiny in Thornton v Telegraph.
- Reputation has been authoritatively recognised as an Art 8 ECHR right: Von Hannover v Germany (No.2), Axel Springer v Germany, Karako v Hungary and Re An Application by Guardian News & Media (UKSC)
- Flood v Times: The last word on Reynolds privilege from the UK Supreme Court.
- Clift v Slough BC: Important developments in common law qualified privilege where the defendant publisher is a public authority. Other significant qualified privilege cases are considered, such as Radu v Houston, Cambridge v Makin and Qadir v Associated.
- Honest comment: Recent authoritative judgments concerning the defence currently known as honest comment – Joseph v Spiller (UKSC), BCA v Singh (CA), Lait v Associated (CA), Waterson v Lloyd (CA) – are analysed.
- Jameel v Dow Jones abuse: the growing corpus of Jameel-based jurisprudence is considered, including the CA cases of Khader v Aziz, Lait v Associated, Sullivan v Bristol Film Studios, and Cammish v Hughes.
- Bou Malhab c. Diffusion Métromédia CMR Inc; a Canadian Supreme Court decision on the principles to be applied to group libels
- Rothschild v Associated and Ashcroft v Foley: two important decisions of the Court of Appeal on the defence of justification
- Tamiz v Google: the first Court of Appeal decision on ISP liability in defamation and Crookes v Newton: the first definitive answer in the common law world to the question of whether hyperlinking to defamatory material constitutes publication
- Damages, including offer of amends cases: Cairns v Modi on damages for defamatory tweeting, Baturina v Times; Gur v Avrupa; KC v MGN; Oriental Daily Publisher v Ming Pao Newspapers
- Malicious falsehood: Highly significant recent case law in this parallel tort is reviewed: Ajinomoto v Asda; Thornton v Telegraph; Tesla Motors v BBC; Cruddas v Calvert