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UK defamation reform bill on the way

By Steven | May 27, 2010

Lib-Dem peer, Reynolds lawyer and free speech thinker Lord Antony Lester has drawn up a Defamation Bill to try to even the balance between speech and reputation in the UK. Details are sketchy at the moment, but the proposals seem to include a requirement that plaintiffs prove some sort of “real harm” and corporate plaintiffs to prove loss; a simplified public interest defence; and changing the usual mode of trial to judge-alone.

Inforrm discussion here.

Topics: Defamation | 1 Comment »

One Response to “UK defamation reform bill on the way”

  1. Hugh Tomlinson Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Inforrm now has the bill and a post analysing its provisions: Lord Lester’s Defamation Bill: an overview


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