News: “Reframing Libel” – City University, 4 November 2010

5 11 2010

Leading academics joined with legal and media practitioners to discuss the shape of libel reform, in a one-day ‘Reframing Libel’ event at City University London on Thursday 4 November 2010.  Chaired by Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC (left) and former Liberal Democrat MP, Dr Evan Harris, the event sought to examine the detail of Lester’s private member’s defamation bill, first introduced to the House of Lords in May 2010.

The aim is that the arguments presented yesterday, which will also be published as a collection of working papers, will add to and influence the debate, before the government produces its own white paper on libel, due in January 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

“Reframing Libel – A Practitioner’s Perspective” Part 1 – Hugh Tomlinson QC

5 11 2010

This is Part 1 of a paper given to the City University Forum on “Re-Framing Libel” on 4 November 2010.  Part 2 will be published next week.

At the 2010 General Election the three main political parties included a manifesto commitment to libel reform.  The Conservative Manifesto tells us,

“We will review and reform libel laws to protect freedom of speech, reduce costs and discourage libel tourism” (Conservative Party Manifesto, p. 90). Read the rest of this entry »