Case Law: Lachaux v Independent Print, “Serious Harm” under the Defamation Act 2013 and the drawing of inferences – Hugh Tomlinson QC

4 08 2015

mark-warbyIn the case of Lachaux v Independent Print ([2015] EWHC 2242 (QB)) Warby J gave judgement on preliminary issues, including an issue relating to “serious harm”, in a number of libel actions brought against three newspapers and the Huffington Post.  He agreed with the analysis of “serious harm” in the earlier cases – damage to reputation must be proved and cannot be presumed.  He nevertheless went on to find that there was, in fact, serious harm in relation to four of the five articles complained of. Read the rest of this entry »