Defamation Act 2013, A Critical Evaluation, Part 3, “Truth” and “Honest Opinion” – Dan Tench

28 07 2014

Defamation ActIn earlier posts I have dealt with general concerns about the Defamation Act 2013 and concerns about section 1, “Serious harm”. In this post, I will look at at the new statutory defences of “truth” and “honest opinion” which are set out section 2 and section 3. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Waterson v Lloyd, honest comment and political discussion – Edward Craven

2 03 2013

Nigel Waterson MPOn 28 February 2013 the Court of Appeal delivered judgment in Waterson v Lloyd [2013] EWCA Civ 136. The decision grapples, once again, with the elusive distinction between fact and comment in the law of defamation. By a majority, the Court of Appeal held that publications by a political candidate criticizing his opponent’s ‘scandalous’ parliamentary expenses claims were statements of comment, rather than statements of fact. Read the rest of this entry »