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Blackstone’s Guide to the Defamation Act 2013

By James Price QC, Felicity McMahon, Jonathan Barnes, William Bennett, Jacob Dean, Richard Munden, Justin Rushbrooke QC & Yuli Takatsuki

Published in the Blackstone's Guide to the Defamation Act 2013

Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date of Publication: 19 Sep 2013


Blackstone’s Guide to the Defamation Act 2013

  • Clear explanation of the new provisions in the Defamation Act by a team of experts from 5RB
  • An excellent quick reference tool, logically organised and following the structure of the Act
  • Thorough yet concise narrative exploring how the law will work in practice
  • Includes the full text of the Act

The Defamation Act 2013 constitutes a significant overhaul of UK defamation legislation, which follows years of concern about the detrimental effects that preceding libel laws had on freedom of expression, and the extent to which the jurisdiction had become a magnet for libel claimants.

This new Blackstone’s Guide combines the full text of the Act and extracts of related relevant legislation with an expert narrative. It brings practitioners up-to-date with this complex piece of drafting. Its clear and practical layout make it the ideal reference source for anyone working in the area.

Edited by James Price QC, 5RB, and Felicity McMahon, Barrister, 5RB

Written by a team of expert authors from 5RB, edited by James Price QC and Felicity McMahon. James Price QC is noted for his depth of knowledge in the defamation area. He has been involved in a wide array of cases over the years, including Reynolds v Times Newspapers and Max Mosley v News Group Newspapers. Instructing solicitors said of him: “He’s seen it all over the years. He’s just a very articulate, straightforward advocate who is a wonderfully rational thinker.”

Felicity McMahon is a barrister at 5RB practising in media law, including defamation, privacy and confidence, pre-publications/broadcast advice, contempt, copyright and data protection. Prior to joining 5RB, Felicity worked at the Ministry of Justice and at the Law Commission. While at the Ministry of Justice, she coordinated the Department’s response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Report on Press Standards, Privacy and Libel.