Westminster Legal Policy Forum

The way forward for libel reform - priorities for the Defamation Bill

March 2012

This seminar provided a timely opportunity to assess the future of libel law in England and Wales as the Government responded to consultation and proposed a revised Defamation Bill. The seminar included a keynote address from the Minister responsible for this area of policy - Rt Hon the Lord McNally.
Informed by the findings and recommendations of the Joint Committee on the Draft Defamation Bill, sessions brought together policymakers with key stakeholders, including representatives from across media, business and the legal sector, to consider how Government could strike the most appropriate balance between freedom of speech and the right to reputation, and assess the most appropriate way forward for policy in this area.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Legal Policy Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates