Law Column: Issued defamation claims up 40%


By Media Team

Jennifer Agate, Managing Associate in the Media Team, writes about a significant increase in issued defamation claims in this interesting article.

On 7 June 2018, the Ministry of Justice released judicial statistics for 2017, revealing a 40% increase in issued defamation claims over the previous year.  Journalists of a certain age will understand immediately what I mean when I ask: does this mark a return to the George Carman libel years?  Maybe not, but it’s clear that the death of libel which many had predicted when the Defamation Act 2013 came into force, was greatly exaggerated.
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