Defence (defamation)
Defence (defamation)

The following Information Law guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Defence (defamation)
  • Parties:

Claim No.: HQ [insert claim number]

IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION

ROYAL COURTS OF JUSTICE

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS LIST

Parties:

  1. (1)

    [Insert full name of claimant/first claimant]

  1. (2)

    [[Insert full name of second claimant]]        [Claimant OR Claimants]

  1. and

  1. [Insert full name of defendant]        Defendant

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DEFENCE

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  1. 1

    Paragraph 1 of the Particulars of Claim is admitted. It is averred that [add facts and matters about the claimant(s) relevant to defence]

  2. 2

    Paragraphs 2 and 3 are admitted.

  3. 3

    It is admitted that the Defendant published an article entitled '[insert title of article or heading or description of publication]' on [insert date] at [insert URL of website in cases of publication online] which included the words complained of set out at paragraph 7 of the Particulars of Claim (the Article).

  4. 4

    It is admitted, as alleged at paragraph 5 of the Particulars of Claim, that the Article continues to be published and accessible online at www.[URL].

  5. 5

    It is admitted that the said words referred to or were understood to refer to the First Claimant.

  6. 6

    [It is denied that the said words referred to the Second Claimant