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Tightening the net: defamation reform

Internet service providers have frequently been caught in the cross-fire in defamation claims, with claimants increasingly targeting them to get comments removed quickly. This, combined with a low harm threshold and ease of establishing jurisdiction in the UK has, according to the government, had a “chilling effect” on freedom of speech. The new draft Defamation Bill plans to change all this.

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Firmwide revenue 2011 ($m): 2,152
Global lawyers 2011: 2,062
No. of lawyers (Asia Pacific): 97
Offices (Asia Pacific): 5