Online Defamation - Avoiding the Pitfalls

How to bring and / or defend an action for online defamation

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Course Overview

Judicial Statistics for 2017 published in June 2018 indicate that there was a 40% increase in the number of issued defamation claims based on 2016 figures. This trend looks set to continue with an increasing number of incidents being reported where parties claim to be the subject of online defamation whether via chat rooms, Facebook or Twitter.

Delivered by solicitor and freelance training consultant Keith Markham, these two sessions will provide viewers with an overview of the key requirements of a defamation action and will then apply this via a series of cases focused on online issues.

This course will concentrate on the following topics:

•    Key elements for a defamation action
•    Who are the defendants? – author, editor, publisher
•    What defences are available? s1 Defamation Act 1996, Reg. 19 E-Commerce Regulations 2002, s5 Defamation Act 2013
•    Notice and takedown procedures
•    Norwich Pharmacal Orders

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinars, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge
  • This course provides 1 CPD point

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Have a greater understanding of, and be able to explain the key issues that can arise in the context of online defamation
  • • Have the knowledge and confidence required to advise colleagues and clients as to what they need to do to bring or defend an action for online defamation

What is the target audience?

  • Private practice and in-house lawyers advising businesses on protecting their reputation online



About Instructor - Keith Markham

Keith Markham qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and now works as a freelance training consultant.

Initially working in private practice, in 2004 he moved in-house at the BGL Group, a major insurance intermediary that numbers Budget and among its brands. During his time there Keith advised extensively on all areas of data protection. He also conducted contract negotiations of a complex nature, often with major blue chip companies.

In 2007, Keith joined BPP Professional Education, one of Europe’s leading providers of professional development training. He worked there as both an in-house lawyer dealing with data protection and  commercial contracts and also as a presenter of training courses before ultimately deciding to specialise in delivering training and becoming a freelance training consultant in 2009.

Drawing on his considerable experience Keith has designed and delivered a wide variety of training for BPP and other providers as well as for his own clients in the commercial law field. In particular he teaches topics relating to data protection and commercial contracts to lawyers and non-lawyers alike.

He is currently involved in a number of GDPR compliance projects and is the author of ‘A Practical Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation’ published by Law Brief Publishing.

Keith also has more than fifteen year’s experience as a trustee and volunteer with a number of charities working in the UK and overseas. Currently, in his spare time, he visits and audits projects in Honduras on behalf of an aid charity and is also the secretary to the charity that runs the Peterborough Polish Saturday School.

Course Curriculum

Part 1

  • Webinar
  • Slides
    28 Page
  • Quiz

Part 2

  • Webinar
  • Slides
    33 Page
  • Quiz