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A Practical Guide to Libel and Slander

ISBN13: 9781845924171
ISBN: 1845924177
Published: July 2002
Publisher: Bloomsbury Professional
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

Original isbn - 0406081328
With actions for defamation rarely out of the spotlight, this new title is a clear, practical and up to date reference tool to a complex area of the law. Written in an accessible and readable style, the book takes the reader through the pursuit and defence of a defamation claim from the alleged slur all the way to jury trial, detailing the relevant law and procedure at every stage.

This handy guide provides the practical benefit of expert guidance and tactics gleaned from the authors' years of experience. Unravelling the tangle of recent legislation and key judgements, this guide also covers improtant developing areas such as funding and costs, mediation and other possible causes of action.A Practical Guide to Libel and Slander has been written for both specialist practitioners as well as those who deal with defamation cases on a more occasional basis. It will prove equally useful to those in the media and other areas of 'reputation management' who come across defamation issues in their daily roles.

Libel and Slander
The ingredients of a prima facie case
Form and meaning
Who can sue and be sued
Choice of counsel
Funding and costs
The defamation pre-action protocol
The letter of claim
Defences - generally
Fair comment
Absolute privilege
Qualified privilege
Other defences
Case management hearings
Disclosure and inspection of documents
Witness statements
Pre-trial applications for court orders
Preperations for trial
Trial and post-trial
Settlement of defamation claims and CPR 36
Settlements in open court
Alternative dispute resolution
Other possible causes of action arising from the publication of statements
The Press Complaints Commission
The Broadcasting Standards CommissionT
he Advertising Standards Authroity