With the new Defamation Act in force and costs provisions relating to defamation and privacy claims being rewritten, it should be an interesting year ahead. This article gives a brief overview of these two developments.
The Defamation Act 2013 came into force on 1 January 2014 and applies to all relevant causes of action accrued after that date. The new act is likely to introduce a significant degree of uncertainty to various aspects of defamation law, including a number of areas where the law was settled and uncontroversial.
The act introduces a ‘serious’ harm threshold, as compared with the ‘substantial’ harm threshold already in existence. Although this has not yet been considered by the courts, and it is not immediately obvious what the difference is, the guidance in the act makes clear that the bar for bringing such cases has been raised…
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Are you ready? The Insurance Bill and the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010 may soon become law
The Insurance Bill, which makes potentially significant changes to the law relating to business insurance, was introduced into Parliament on 17 July 2014.
Corporate News: ICSA Registrars Group guidance on articles of association and dividend distributions; and more
Addleshaw Goddard has published the June 2014 edition of Corporate News.
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Could Slater & Gordon achieve its stated aim of becoming a top consumer brand by acquiring Pannone?
The past five years have not been easy for Addleshaw Goddard. The firm’s revenue fell 7 per cent from £173.1m to £161.9m between 2008/09 and 2010/11 and despite finances looking up in 2011/12, when Addleshaws reported a 30 per cent increase in net profit, it has shown no notable compound growth in turnover since 2007/08.