Gatley on Libel & Slander 12th Edition Mainwork + Supplement

Gatley on Libel & Slander 12th Edition Mainwork + Supplement

By Richard Parkes QC, Alastair Mullis, Godwin Busuttil, Adam Speker, Andrew Scott


$1,108.00 RRP

Date: 13/12/2017

Code: 9780414052635

Sweet & Maxwell, UNITED KINGDOM

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  • 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
  • Misuse of private information: among the new decisions considered in the text are Terry v Persons Unknown, Hutcheson v Popdog, Goodwin v NGN, JIH v NGN, Giggs v NGN, Mosley v UK
  • Though based on English law, Gatley on Libel and Slander continues to track developments in other common law jurisdictions including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada and Hong Kong.
  • Updated by a distinguished author team which now includes the addition of Professor Alastair Mullis and Dr Andrew Scott

The 1st Supplement to the 12th Edition will include all the latest developments in libel and slander, malicious falsehood and privacy from here and overseas including full updates on all developments in defamation case law, both substantive and procedural, including analysis of the effect on English law and practice of the Defamation Act 2013, and in particular:

  • Discussion of the impact of the far-reaching first instance decisions in Cooke v MGN Ltd [2014] EWHC 2831 (QB), [2015] 1 WLR 895, Ames v The Spamhaus Project Ltd [2015] EWHC 127 (QB), [2015] 1 WLR 3409 and Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd [2015] EWHC 2422 (QB), [2015] EMLR 28 on the construction and ramifications of s.1 Defamation Act 2013, especially as regards the need to prove actual or likely serious damage to reputation and the kind of evidence required to do so, the apparent loss of the presumption of damage in defamation, difficulties of determining when a cause of action has arisen, the possible impact on limitation and the single publication rule, and the potentially revolutionary effect of a well-judged apology
  • The end of trial by jury in libel and slander: consideration of Yeo v Times Newspapers Ltd [2014] EWHC 2853 (QB), [2015] 1 WLR 971 for guidance on when jury trial might yet – or more probably might not – be ordered
  • The relationship between Art 9 of the Bill of Rights and absolute privilege (Makudi v Triesman [2014] EWCA Civ 179, [2014] 1 QB 839)
    The effect of the Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations 2013, which are now in force
  • Discussion of the scope for early determination of issues (particularly meaning and serious harm to reputation) now that trial by jury is no longer presumed
  • Developments in malicious falsehood, including the relationship between meaning and malice in the light of Cruddas v Calvert [2015] EWCA Civ 171, [2015] EMLR 16
  • Reflections on the blurred frontier between defamation and misuse of private information as it affects interim injunctions and the rule in Bonnard v Perryman: Hannon v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2014] EWHC 1580 (Ch), [2015] EMLR 1
  • Discussion of Rhodes v OPO [2015] UKSC 32, [2015] 2 WLR 1373 in which the Supreme Court has effectively closed off the possibility of using the Wilkinson v Downton tort to restrain expression
  • The latest authorities in misuse of private information (Re JR38 [2015] UKSC 42, [2015] 3 WLR 155), data protection (Google Spain SL v Agencia Espanola de Proteccion de Datos Case C-131/12, [2014] EMLR 27 and Vidal-Hall v Google Inc [2015] EWCA Civ 311, [2015] 3 WLR 409) and harassment (Levi v Bates [2015] EWCA Civ 206, [2015] EMLR 22)

Table of Contents

The Defamatory Statement

• Introduction
• Defamatory Imputations
• The Form and Meaning of the Defamatory Statement
• Slanders Actionable Per Se
• Slanders Actionable Only on Proof of Special Damage
• Publication
• Identity of the Person Defamed
• Parties: Who May Sue or Be Sued
• Remedies


• Defences: General
• Justification (Truth) at common law
• Defence of Truth under section 2, Defamation Act 2013
• Honest Comment
• Defence of Honest Opinion under section 3, Defamation Act 2013
• Absolute Privilege
• Qualified Privilege at Common Law Part I
• Qualified Privilege at Common Law Part II
• Qualified Privilege: Statute
• Defence of Publication on a Matter of Public Interest under section 4, Defamation Act 2013
• Malice and Qualified Privilege
• Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
• Other Defences

Other Causes of Action and related Matters

• Malicious Falsehood
• Misuse of Private Information
• Other Causes of Action Arising from Statements

The Action

• The Initial Stages
• Interim Injunctions
• Particulars of Claim
• Defence
• Reply and Defence to Counterclaim
• Apology, Offer of Amends and Compromise
• Pre-trial Applications
• Interlocutory Matters
• The Trial: The Claimant’s Case
• The Trial: The Defendant’s Case
• The Trial: Functions of Judge and Jury
• The Trial: The Final Stages
• Appeal
Appendix 1:

Appendix 2:
Damages Awards

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