Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2011] All ER (D) 127 (Jan)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Mackay J (judgment delivered extempore)

Representation The claimant appeared in person.
  Richard Munden (instructed by Collyer Bristow) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 20 January 2011


Libel and slander - Defamatory words - Words capable of defamatory meaning - Claimant issuing proceedings in libel in respect of five letters published by defendant in form of emails sent to eight shareholders - Defendant applying to strike out proceedings or alternatively for summary judgment to be entered - Whether proceedings ought to be struck out or summary judgment entered - CPR Pt 24.

The Case

Libel and slander Defamatory words. The Queen's Bench Division granted an application to strike out the claimant's libel claim on the grounds that the claimant had no real prospect of successfully defeating the defence of qualified privilege and that the claim was an abuse of the court's process.

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