Best v Charter Medical of England Ltd and Another: CA 26 Oct 2001

The Civil Procedure Rules did not alter the previous practice in defamation actions, that the words to be relied upon should be pleaded in detail, save only in exceptional circumstances. The case had been properly struck out, as disclosing no reasonable cause of action, where the claimant had failed to establish the words used.


Lord Justice Peter Gibson, Lord Justice Walker, Lord Justice Keene


Times 19-Nov-2001, Gazette 06-Dec-2001, [2001] EWCA Civ 1588




England and Wales


AffirmedBritish Data Management Plc v Boxer Commercial Removals Plc and Another CA 28-Feb-1996
A quia timet action in a defamation case must specify the precise words which are expected to be used. . .
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Defamation, Litigation Practice

Updated: 27 June 2022; Ref: scu.166718