All you need to know about the Defamation Act 2013
15 March 2014
The NUJ has produced a briefing for journalists on the act and is holding an event for members, at the union's London headquarters on Wednesday 16 April, where Tamsin Allen and Athalie Matthews of Bindmans law firm will guide members through the changes.
The issues include:
- what constitutes defamation;
- what constitutes publication to third parties;
- the various forms that defamation can take;
- and the new defences introduced by the Act.
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.