New edition of Gatley on Libel and Slander out now

12th Ed published in December 2013

The new edition, fully updated and revised to include coverage of the Defamation Act 2013, is now available.

The editing team on the 12th Ed. includes three members of 5RB: Godwin Busuttil and Adam Speker continue their involvement with Gatley, both acting as Contributing Editors on this edition, and Chloe Strong joins the team for the first time as Precedents Editor. Additionally, HHJ Richard Parkes QC, a former member of 5RB, becomes the joint General Editor of this edition.

They are joined by two of the leading academics in the field, Professor Alastair Mullis, as joint General Editor, and Dr Andrew Scott, as a Contributing Editor, who are also new additions to the team for this edition.

Gatley is an authoritative and comprehensive guide to the law of defamation in England, offering an in-depth analysis of the substantive legal provisions and key legislation relevant to the area, together with extensive commentary and advice on procedure.

The book is primarily split into detailed chapters covering the constituent parts of a defamation action; pre-action, pleading, defences, and remedies are all given thorough consideration. Also included is an overview of related causes of action, including misuse of private information, breach of confidence, and harassment, complete with a discussion of their likely interaction with defamation claims.

This edition has been substantially revised to include:

  • Commentary on the new provisions of the Defamation Act 2013 (due to come into force on 1 January 2014), offering a comparative expert view of the likely meaning and impact of the new provisions, as compared with the law as it currently stands
  • Discussion of Strasbourg’s decisions in Von Hannover v Germany (no.2) and Axel Springer v Germany
  • The decision in Tamiz v Google, and the question of whether ISPs can be found liable as publishers
  • Privacy case law updates- including Terry v Persons Unknown, Hutcheson v Popdog and Giggs v NGN

As with previous editions, the Appendices provide summaries of cases where damages awards have been made (including instances where the offer of amends procedure has been used), in addition to precedent pleadings and example wording for apologies and statements in open court.
Gatley on Libel and Slander, 12th Ed, Sweet & Maxwell, edited by HHJ Richard Parkes QC, Professor Alastair Mullis, Godwin Busuttil, Adam Speker and Andrew Scott.