Gatley is the leading text on libel and slander. The new edition brings practitioners up to date with the latest developments in the law of defamation, both substantive and procedural. It analyses the relevant case law, and guides the reader through practice and procedure in detail.

The new 12th edition deals in depth with the Defamation Act 2013. It also incorporates the latest case law and tracks the developing law in areas such as press freedom to report on matters of public interest, interim injunctions and damages.

  • Provides an all-encompassing guide to the law of defamation
  • Analyses the changes introduced by the Defamation Act 2013 and discusses a wealth of significant recent case law
  • Includes cases from other jurisdictions with commentary on their relevance to UK law and procedure, in particular decisions from Canada, Australia and New Zealand
  • Discusses the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and the continuing effect of the Human Rights Act on defamation law and privacy
  • Deals with defences available to defamation actions
  • Includes forms and precedents for issuing proceedings, statements of case and settlements
  • Deals with related causes of action arising from the publication of statements or images, e.g. misuse of private information and harassment – and discusses the recent cases on these topics
  • Reproduces key legislation
  • Includes summaries of important libel awards in the appendix material
  • Updates the reader with regular supplements…
Libel and SlanderCommon Law Library
The Defamatory Statement
Defamatory Imputations
The Form and Meaning of the Defamatory Statement
Slanders Actionable Per Se
Slanders Actionable Only on Proof of Special Damage
Identity of the Person Defamed
Parties: Who May Sue or Be Sued
Defences: General
Justification (Truth) at common law
Defence of Truth under section 2, Defamation Act 2013
Honest Comment
Defence of Honest Opinion under section 3, Defamation Act 2013
Absolute Privilege
Qualified Privilege at Common Law Part I
Qualified Privilege at Common Law Part II
Qualified Privilege: Statute
Defence of Publication on a Matter of Public Interest under section 4, Defamation Act 2013
Malice and Qualified Privilege
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
Other Defences
Other Causes of Action and related Matters
Malicious Falsehood
Misuse of Private Information
Other Causes of Action Arising from Statements
The Action
The Initial Stages
Interim Injunctions
Particulars of Claim
Reply and Defence to Counterclaim
Apology, Offer of Amends and Compromise
Pre-trial Applications
Interlocutory Matters
The Trial: The Claimant’s Case
The Trial: The Defendant’s Case
The Trial: Functions of Judge and Jury
The Trial: The Final Stages
Appendix 1:Statutes
Appendix 2:Damages Awards
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Edited by: Alastair Mullis, Richard Parkes, Godwin Busuttil
ISBN13: 9780414028432
New Edition ISBN: 9780414052635
Previous Edition ISBN: 9781847034922
Published: December 2013
Publisher: Sweet & Maxwell Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback


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