litigation defamationUK Law on Defamation Litigation

The Defamation Act 2013 came into effect on 1 January 2014.  In recent years, there has been an increase in defamation litigation, particularly relating to sexual allegations.  A person is liable for saying anything that damages the reputation of another person or enterprise.  So if a statement is untrue and subsequently destroys or causes serious damage to a person’s reputation, then that is slander and it could be punishable by law.  We have to consider whether a statement is false or true, an ‘honest opinion’, of ‘public interest’ or a ‘peer-reviewed statement’ (ie scientific journal).