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What all journalists need to know about the Defamation Act 2013


Wednesday 16 April 2014

18:30 to 20:30

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Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Rd, London WC1X 8DP


The Defamation Act 2013 is now in force and has introduced major changes which affect how journalists work.

Tamsin Allen and Athalie Matthews of Bindmans LLP will guide members through the changes. They will discuss:

  • what constitutes defamation;
  • what constitutes publication to third parties;
  • the various forms that defamation can take;
  • and the new defences introduced by the Act. 

There will be time for questions and answers.

We expect places at the seminar will be in high demand, they will be allocated on a strictly first-come-first-served basis.

Tamsin Allen is a partner in Bindmans LLP and head of the media and information law department. She specialises in libel, privacy, data protection, copyright and has a particular interest in issues relating to the police and surveillance. She has acted for numerous politicians and in cases in the House of Lords, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

Athalie Matthews is a solicitor specialising in defamation and privacy law. She joined Bindmans in 2012 to work on the Leveson Inquiry and the phone hacking litigation. Prior to that she trained at a specialist libel firm where she worked for 8 years. Before turning to law, she was a national newspaper journalist, starting out as a news reporter and feature writer on The Mirror under Piers Morgan. She has also worked for The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent and Guardian Online.

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This event is for NUJ members only. Please consider joining the NUJ if you would like to attend this event.

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