Libel and other Defamations – In-company training

This session outlines the reality of the libel, slander and malicious falsehood laws in the British Isles as a result of the 2013 Defamation Act; and develops an attitude of legal awareness for the content of articles, publication, digital content and social media. It will give you a thorough grounding in defamation in order to defend your professional position and defend the rights of your company.


One or half day in-company training course (dependent on needs)

The position of libel in law
  • How libel law is structured
  • How it effects publications
  • What about websites and social media?
  • England and Wales v Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland - similarities and differences
What is defamation?
  • Definitions
  • The role of case law
  • Where digital and social media fits in
  • Words to watch
  • Who gets sued
  • Checklists
The Claimant
  • What the claimant has to prove
  • How they are identified – what this means for journalists
  • Established reputation – what counts and what has changed since the 2013 Defamation Act?
  • What happens if someone is defamed as part of a group
  • Litigious situations, characters and organisations – what we can and cannot say
Defences: what they are, what they mean, how we can use them
  • Substantially true
  • If not seriously harmful to reputation
  • Honest opinion
  • Publication on a matter of public interest – the legal definitions
  • Not the operator who posted the content on a website: Section 5
  • Is a pre-reviewed statement in a scientific or academic publication
  • Review – including case study
  • Privilege – absolute and qualified
  • The Reynolds defence – when can we use it?
  • Case studies

Processes and case studies

International comparisons: USA, France and Germany

Libel case study under new and old law

To do lists – how will you put into practice what you have learned?

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This course provides you with practical skills that you can apply immediately to your own content. We send you away with a list of “To dos” to focus on after your training and will follow-up with you to see how you are getting on. We are always here if you have any queries at all.

To find out more about our range of in-company courses, and how we work and support you both before and after your training, please have a look at our in-company training page.

Our bespoke in-company training is run on a date and at a place to suit you. But if you would rather learn online, please look at our Libel and other Defamations elearning course.

Please call 00 44(0)1428 722105 or email us for more information on how we can help you organise your training.

The course was delivered by a journalist as opposed to a lawyer. All other courses I've had have been from legal professionals, so hearing practicalities was great.

News and social media writer, Caspian Media