||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 41 (Aug)
|| EWHC 2027 (QB)
||Queen's Bench Division
||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.
||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.
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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