Gatley on Libel and Slander 12th ed with 1st Supplement

Sweet & Maxwell

SKU: 9780414052635

Edited by: Alastair Mullis, Richard Parkes, Godwin Busuttil

ISBN13: 9780414052635
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780414028432
Published: December 2015
Publisher: Sweet & Maxwell Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback & Supplement

Gatley is the leading text on libel and slander. The new edition brings practitioners up to date with the latest developments in the law of defamation, both substantive and procedural. It analyses the relevant case law, and guides the reader through practice and procedure in detail.

The new 12th edition deals in depth with the Defamation Act 2013. It also incorporates the latest case law and tracks the developing law in areas such as press freedom to report on matters of public interest, interim injunctions and damages.

The 1st Supplement was published in December 2015
The Main Work was published in December 2013
Provides an all-encompassing guide to the law of defamation
Analyses the changes introduced by the Defamation Act 2013 and discusses a wealth of significant recent case law
Includes cases from other jurisdictions with commentary on their relevance to UK law and procedure, in particular decisions from Canada, Australia and New Zealand
Discusses the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and the continuing effect of the Human Rights Act on defamation law and privacy
Deals with defences available to defamation actions
Includes forms and precedents for issuing proceedings, statements of case and settlements
Deals with related causes of action arising from the publication of statements or images, e.g. misuse of private information and harassment – and discusses the recent cases on these topics
Reproduces key legislation
Includes summaries of important libel awards in the appendix material
Updates the reader with regular supplements...

  • The Defamatory Statement

  • Defamatory Imputations
  • The Form and Meaning of the Defamatory Statement
  • Slanders Actionable Per Se
  • Slanders Actionable Only on Proof of Special Damage
  • Publication
  • Identity of the Person Defamed
  • Parties: Who May Sue or Be Sued
  • Remedies


  • Defences: General
  • Justification (Truth) at common law
  • Defence of Truth under section 2, Defamation Act 2013
  • Honest Comment
  • Defence of Honest Opinion under section 3, Defamation Act 2013
  • Absolute Privilege
  • Qualified Privilege at Common Law Part I
  • Qualified Privilege at Common Law Part II
  • Qualified Privilege: Statute
  • Defence of Publication on a Matter of Public Interest under section 4, Defamation Act 2013
  • Malice and Qualified Privilege
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
  • Other Defences

Other Causes of Action and related Matters

  • Malicious Falsehood
  • Misuse of Private Information
  • Other Causes of Action Arising from Statements

The Action

  • The Initial Stages
  • Interim Injunctions
  • Particulars of Claim
  • Defence
  • Reply and Defence to Counterclaim
  • Apology, Offer of Amends and Compromise
  • Pre-trial Applications
  • Interlocutory Matters
  • The Trial: The Claimant’s Case
  • The Trial: The Defendant’s Case
  • The Trial: Functions of Judge and Jury
  • The Trial: The Final Stages
  • Appeal


Appendix 1:Statutes
Appendix 2:Damages Awards