Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2003] All ER (D) 167 (Feb)
Neutral Citation: [2003] EWCA Civ 102
Court: Court of Appeal, Civil Division

Simon Brown, Sedley LJJ and Jacob J

Representation Paul McCormick (instructed by O'Hara Rice Scholes) for the claimant.
  John Beggs (instructed by Barlow Lyde & Gilbert) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 13 February 2003


Libel and slander - Libel - Defence - Privilege - Qualified privilege - Malice - Judge finding publication attracting qualified privilege and no evidence to support finding of malice - Appeal.

The Case

The court dismissed the claimant's appeal against a decision of the judge at first instance that the publications complained of in his libel actions were the subject of qualified privilege, and that there was no evidence on which a jury properly directed could find that the second defendant had been actuated by malice.

Practice Areas

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