Bevan Brittan advising on first local authority defamation claim

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  • The Derbyshire principle was established by reference to Article 10 of the European Convention, concluding that there was no pressing social need for a local authority to be able to bring a claim for defamation. A declaration of incompatibility seems to be the likely outcome of these proceedings.

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  • Good Lord. The prospect that a political entity could sue individuals for raising criticisms of it is like something out of 1984. Government entities have no right to a reputation.

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  • I'm not a lawyer, but if these e-mails are defamatory and/or inappropriately expensive, I'd have thought that a referral to either the authority's own Standards Committee or the First-Tier Tribunal would be the correct course of action.

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  • I am one of the 3 Councillors
    Despite the comments made in committee in the House of Lords, the Council have today stated that they are proceeding with lawyers to prepare an injunction against us. They have also subjected the three of us to a Single Point of Contact who is the Chief Executive who is claiming that we are harassing her by asking questions! Are they able to do this? It is a very good way of preventing us from airing our concerns as was the suspension of Procedure Rules which allowed us from raising point of interest during the meeting of the 11th January in order to refute the allegations made against us.

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