9 Jul 2010
Second reading for Defamation Bill
House of Lords debates Lord Lester's Bill designed to reform defamation law
The second reading of Lord Lester's Defamation Bill is taking place in the House of Lords today.
The Bill, which received its first reading on 26 May 2010, contains wide-ranging proposals for the reform of defamation law, including the introduction of a statutory form of the Reynolds public interest defence, a single publication rule, a requirement that corporate claimants prove actual or likely "substantial financial loss", and the mandatory striking out of all claims unless the claimant is able to show that the publication has caused or will cause "substantial harm" to their reputation.