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Whispers and words- an introduction to defamation law

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Law in a nutshell

With high-profile battles over what has been said over Instagram or Twitter/X, understanding the law of defamation in England and Wales has become more important for legal professionals. So, how should lawyers navigate this complex and evolving field to protect their clients' reputations while respecting freedom of speech?

What's covered?

What constitutes defamation, serious harm to reputation and the defences available, how it is used in practice and relevant case law.

Estimated length

15 mins

Recommended knoweldge level  

Beginner

Knowledge check

3 questions at the end to check your understanding