Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2009] All ER (D) 41 (Aug)
Neutral Citation: [2009] EWHC 2027 (QB)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Eady J

Representation Andrew Veen (instructed by Public Access) for the claimant.
  Heather Rogers QC (instructed by Davenport Lyons) for the first defendant in the first action.
  Aidan Eardley (instructed by Davenport Lyons for the second defendant in the first action and the first and second defendants in the second action.
Judgment Dates: 31 July 2009


Libel and slander - Qualified privilege - Malice avoiding privilege - Claimant making statements to journalist - Journalist publishing article concerning statements - First defendant's solicitor contacting and speaking to journalist conerning article - Whether statements made by first defendant solicitor protected by qualified privilege.

The Case

Libel and slander Qualified privilege. Queen's Bench Division: The claimant's claim in two actions for defamation and injurious falsehood would be struck out as there was a plain defendant qualified privilege in respect of the publications and there was no basis for pleading malice.

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