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PRIVILEGE: Nearly free speech

28 September 2012  

Alice Anderson and Sarah Harris look at lessons to be learned from Mayer v Hoar

As any seasoned defamation lawyer will know, two of the principal defences to a defamation claim are the defences of absolute privilege and qualified privilege.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Adam v Ward [1917] AC 309

    David Mayer v Francis Hoar [2012] EWHC 1805 (QB)

    Hasselblad (GB) Ltd v Orbison [1985] QB 475

    Jameel & ors v Wall Street Journal Europe Sprl [2006] UKHL 44

    Lincoln v Daniels [1961] All ER 740

    Mahon & anor v Rahn & ors [2000] EWCA Civ 185

    Reynolds v Times Newspapers Ltd & ors [1999] UKHL 45

    Toogood v Spyring (1834) 1 CM & R 181

    Trapp v Mackie [1979] 1 WLR 377