The final report of our Alternative Libel Project was launched yesterday at Inner Temple, London.
A summary and recording from the launch event, which included speeches from Lord McNally, Sir Stephen Sedley, David Allen Green (New Statesman/Jack of Kent), Charmian Gooch and Nick Cohen, will be available soon.
In our press release, we noted that “No defamation claim should cost more than a home”, and our Director Jonathan Heawood said:
‘Procedure and costs rules need to change for defamation claims. There is no good reason why a libel trial should ever cost more than the average house price in the UK. Costs of this level are still beyond the means of most people in this country – hence our other recommendations – but it would mark a massive reduction on today’s eye-popping costs.’
You can download the report [1.4Mb PDF] – Please contact us if you need hard copies. We have also produced a short video outlining the key findings. We also published a preliminary report in October 2011.
We are extremely grateful to the Nuffield Foundation who funded our research.