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Defamation Act 2013 - A boost for free speech

The UK’s Defamation Act 2013 will likely benefit the media, intermediaries and scientific and academic publishers. Company claimants are likely to find it difficult to succeed if they have been defamed.

For winning claimants, the court has the power to order defendants to publish a summary of its judgment and/or to order an intermediary to remove and stop distributing a statement.

Click here to read Taylor Wessing’s view of the likely practical implications of the new Act

Key points include:

Two new defences for intermediaries (in addition to the section 1 and Regulation 19 defences):

The main provisions are not in force yet, but they are expected to come into force soon.

Click here to see the Defamation Act 2013

Click here to see the Explanatory Notes to the Defamation Act 2013

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