Defamation Act 2013: Tilting at Windmills – Alastair Mullis and Andrew Scott

12 01 2014

tilting_at_windmillsIn a paper published last week in the Modern Law Review, Alastair Mullis and Andrew Scott considered the likely impact of the Defamation Act. Revised versions of the introduction and conclusion to that paper are drawn together here. Read the rest of this entry »

A New Style Public Interest Defence in Libel Law? – Andrew Scott and Alastair Mullis

8 11 2012

An interesting proposal has slipped quietly into the mix for consideration during the House of Lords Committee stage deliberations on the Defamation Bill. During the Second Reading debate, Lord Lester mooted a possible alternative to the clause 4 defence of responsible publication on a matter of public interest. The Joint Committee on Human Rights has pressed the Government on the desirability of the new alternative. In our view, the proposal – developed by Sir Brian Neill (pic) – offers an opportunity both to improve the operation of the existing common law defence and to ‘tidy up’ aspects of the existing Bill. Read the rest of this entry »