I recently wrote a blog explaining the definition of defamation. This blog explains the different types of defamation that we have in the UK.
There are two types of defamation:
Libel – is typically a statement that seriously harms the reputation of an identifiable party and is often communicated to a third party in writing, printed or in some permanent form.
Slander – is typically a statement that seriously harms the reputation of an identifiable party and is communicated to a third party in spoken/verbal/temporary form. For a claim of slander to succeed you have to prove that the effect of the slander has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to your reputation and that you have suffered financial loss (or special damage).
There are exceptions to this general rule where you don’t need to prove special damages for slander. One example is where the statement belittles a person in any office, profession or trade that he or she carried on at the time of publication.
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The jury had been asked to consider 40 questions and eight claims of defamation relating to a series of articles accusing Wilson of being a serial liar about her age, real name and childhood. At the supreme court in Melbourne on Wednesday, Justice John Dixon said the damages suffered by Wilson warranted a “substantial” payment and awarded the actor $4,567,472. Interest and costs would be determined at a later date. The award comprised $650,000 in general damages, including aggravated damages, and $3,917,472 in special damages for opportunities of screen roles lost because of the articles.