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Tort Law

Tort Law (8th edn)

Kirsty Horsey and Erika Rackley
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date: 16 June 2024

p. 51017. Defamationlocked

p. 51017. Defamationlocked

  • Kirsty Horsey
  •  and Erika Rackley


This chapter discusses the tort of defamation. This area of law has undergone significant legislative change following the enactment of the Defamation Act 2013. The chapter considers the elements to a claim in defamation and key defences, including honest opinion, publication on a matter of public interest and privilege (where the statement is made in the performance of a duty). Remedies include an injunction to prevent publication, and a permanent injunction to prevent further publication and damages.

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