A little birdie told me ….

Defamation is an old legal action, but more relevant today than it ever was, with rumours and gossip spreading across the world on a tweet or a post, never to be recalled – like a horse that has bolted. No point closing the stable door, once the horse has gone. Tell that to the celebrity that has just been dished (or defamed, for my readers that don’t know the lingo…..)

Last year saw the passing of the Defamation Act 2013, which was an attempt to bring defamation kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Most of it, however, is not yet in force. Last week saw the publication of draft regulations for the new s5 procedures on taking down defamatory comments on websites. It all looks overly complex – so much so that Olswangs have drawn a helpful chart, to help their prospective clients make sense of it all.

I would be interested to know whether you think the proposed new regs will help dampen our reputation as the libel capital of the world…

Bird in a bush c MD-W

A little birdie told me……


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