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Tort Law

Tort Law (7th edn)

Kirsty Horsey and Erika Rackley
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date: 04 December 2023

p. 48517. Defamationlocked

p. 48517. 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. Only a false statement can be defamatory. It is up to the defendant to prove that the statement is true in order to avoid liability. Defences include 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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