Defamation Act 2013, Serious Harm and the Cooke costs ruling – Oliver Fetiveau

30 09 2014

Mr-Justice-BeanOn 13 August 2014 Mr Justice Bean handed down his judgment in the case of Cooke v MGN ([2014] EWHC 2831 (QB)).  This was the first case in which the requirement for ‘serious harm’, as newly prescribed by the Defamation Act 2013 (the “2013 Act”), was considered. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Comment: Bento v The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police, Libel damages for murder allegation – Edward Craven

20 07 2012

Allegations of murder are usually tried in the criminal courts. The recent libel claim in Bento v The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police [2012] EWHC 1525 (QB) is a striking exception. The case had all the ingredients of a legal thriller – a mysterious death; a quashed murder conviction; a suspect determined to clear his name and a police force convinced of his guilt. It also gave rise to interesting questions of defamation law. Read the rest of this entry »