Libel and other defamations – In-company training

This session will outline 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 and publication. It will give you a thorough grounding in defamation in order to defend your professional position and defend the rights of your company.

Have been able to understand the laws for media in greater detail and knowing what can and cannot be published.

Media chair, University of Portsmouth Student Union


One or half day in-company training course

The position of libel in law

How it effects publications

England and Wales

Claimant has to prove
  • Was published
  • How
  • What: meaning argument
  • When: second publication is same as first then limitation from first
  • Identified
  • Damaged: Caused or likely to cause serious harm to the reputation and/or financial position.
  • Substantially true
  • If not seriously harmful to reputation
  • Honest opinion
  • Publication on a matter of public interest
  • Not the operator who posted the content on a website: Section 5
  • Is a pre-reviewed statement in a scientific or academic publication
  • Review
  • Privilege


Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Claimant has to prove
  • Published
  • Identified
  • Defamed
  • Justification
  • Fair/Honest  comment
  • Review
  • Reynolds
  • Consent

International comparisons: USA, France and Germany

Libel case study under new and old law

A round of the Keep it Legal Game

Final Q and A

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 e-learning course.

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